WP 4


Digital and Literary Productions of
Cultures of Equality among LGBTQ Young People in the Philippines





Drawing from feminist and queer insights about the conditions of possibility for making life both livable and lovable, WP4 explores the ways that digital literacies and creative writing can be used to disclose forms of discrimination and stigma that LGBTQ young people face in the Philippines, and the personal consequences of discrimination on mental health and wellbeing. The aim is to create new opportunities and prospects for bringing together and mobilising such practices more effectively across class and generation to enable a shift from public cultures of tolerance to that of rights and recognition. 


Jaya Jacobo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Filipino in the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches literature, theory, criticism, cinema, popular culture, and gender studies. At the University of the Philippines at Diliman, she is Early Career Postdoctoral Researcher of the GlobalGRACE Gender and Cultures of Equality Project. She holds the PhD in Comparative Literature and the MA in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the State University of New York and the AB-MA in Filipino Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University. Jacobo is a Member of the Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle, a Founding Co-Editor of Queer Southeast Asia: A Transgressive Journal of Literary Art, and a Co-Editor of BKL/ Bikol Bakla: Anthology of Bikolnon Gay Trans Queer Writing. Jaya has published poetry in three languages (Bikol, Filipino, English), essays and articles on the novel, tropology/tropicality, and Filipino philology, and a sustained critique of contemporary cinema in the Philippines.


Early Career Researcher


Lead Academic Investigator

J. Neil C. Garcia teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he serves as Director of the university press and a Fellow for Poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism. Between 1994 and 2014, he coedited the famous Ladlad series of Philippine gay writing. Other important anthologies that he edited are Aura: the Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English, published in 2012, and Bright Sign, Bright Age: Critical Essays in Philippines Studies, published in 2017. He is the director for the Philippines of Project GlobalGRACE: Global Gender and Cultures of Equality, a world-wide research and arts consortium sponsored by the Research Councils of the United Kingdom and Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently at work on “Likha,” his seventh poetry book.


NGO Research Head

Kate Ramil has over 10 years of experience in the fields of Gender and Development, Youth Leadership, Human Rights and Higher Education. She is the NGO Research Coordinator for the Global GRACE Project in the Philippines.  Currently, she serves as the President of Erasmus Mundus Southeast Asia Chapter and a Lecturer at De La Salle University-Manila. Previously, she served as a Legal Researcher at the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB), and as a Senior Programme Manager at SPARK Philippines. She was a recipient of the European Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA). She was also a fellow of the UNESCO Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights, and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Young Women’s Leadership Institute (now FRIDA).

The Writers Workshops



WP 4 uses creative writing workshops to engage with LGBTQ identified writers and young people in the Philippines and explore their subjectivities and the intersecting forms of inequality they experience.  We ask:


  1. How might creative writing enable LGBTQ people to talk about and transfigure their subjective experiences of the world?

  2. What does/ might equality and well-being look and feel like to LGBTQ people in the Philippines?

  3. When and where do LGBTQ people feel dis/empowered? How does ethnicity, disability/illness, age and religion affect these feelings?

  4. How can creative writing enable new ways of talking about and pressing for rights and recognition?

  1. To build research capacity and capabilities of interdisciplinary, feminist and queer researchers.

  2. To create new collaborative partnerships between academics, NGOs, writers, educators and the public in the Philippines with regards to LGBTQ rights and well-being.

  3. To create a research space wherein LGBTQ people feel safe and enabled to narrate and convey their varied experiences of intersecting inequalities and resultant impacts on their wellbeing.

  4. To use creative writing and spoken word to elicit the relationships between LGBTQ people’s everyday lives, intersecting inequalities and existing practices and strategies that challenge such inequalities.

  5. To build pathways to impact and enable the sharing of creative and critical cultural competencies focused especially on literary production of cultures of equality within and across GG work packages.



  • Production of a digital archive of LGBTQ texts in English and Pilipino

  • Documentation and recording of workshops, publicly available in an edited form

  • End of project workshop for educators focused on ways to integrate gender and sexuality sensitivity training within the creative writing curriculums

  • Contribution to Global Museum of Equality & the GlobalGRACE online course

  • ECR contribution to NGO research methods toolkit

  • Sole and co-authored academic publications