Armando G. Estabillo Jr. Professor Noel Jingco
Topic: Life of gay persons in the ROTC
Being a gay is one of the most important things I could be proud of. It represents my whole personality, positive outlooks and all that I have in my life. Experiences of gays are all the same because we all encounter discrimination in our lives. We are always judged, deprived, and abused in our everyday lives just because our gender is different from others. We all have the same experiences but one of the best experiences I will never forget is my experience in the ROTC (Reserved Officers training Corps). All of us think that enrolling in a military service is very hard because of the terror officers, heavy equipments, heavy suits and most of all the heat of the sun but others never know what really happens in when you enroll in a Military Service. Enrolling in ROTC was one of that I’m afraid of because I have no idea on how the officers treated homosexuals in the Military but I forgot all of those when I enter the ROTC unit.
Being a cadet is another task to us who belongs to the third sex. A gay cadet sometimes receives a special role either to be part of Medics or Admin platoon. It such a happy moment where you can find yourself in a platoon and you look around found yourself smiling because you feel included. People who discriminate us can not lose but there are always peoples who respect us a person. Life as a gay in ROTC may not all be the same but ours is the definitely the happiest one. It is one of the best experiences that we gays couldn’t forget in the rest of our lives.
People always say to us that we gays in the ROTC should be called Private Benjamin. Private Benjamin comes from Vice Ganda’s blockbuster movie where he plays the role as a gay in the army and his name is Private Benjamin. Not all gays in the ROTC receives a special role, it is just for those legal and not for those “Pamin” gays. “Pamin” means a gay who keeps hiding...