Bakla (Philippines)

Martin Fajardo Manalansan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Bakla is a Tagalog sexual/gender category still prevalent in contemporary Philippines today. While in the past it was used pejoratively, it has acquired a more positive meaning in recent years with the emergence of gay and queer culture.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality
EditorsPatricia Whelehan, Anne Bolin
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118896877
StatePublished - Apr 2015


  • effeminacy
  • gay
  • homosexuality
  • third sex
  • transgender
  • transvestism


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