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Lives on the LineHow the Philippines became the World's Call Center Capital$
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Jeffrey J. Sallaz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630652.001.0001

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Restless Gays

Restless Gays

(p.134) 7 Restless Gays
Lives on the Line

Jeffrey J. Sallaz

Oxford University Press

Gay individuals in the Philippines have long been accepted in the public eye, yet have been discriminated against at work. The gay subculture has developed its own values and ways of being. A key component of successfully performing a gay identity in the Philippines today is speaking English well. It distinguishes one as urbane, cosmopolitan, and sophisticated. For the gay community in Manila, call centers have become known as a “gay paradise.” They are spaces wherein it is possible to safely enact gender identities. Nonetheless, gay workers remain restless, as they dream of leaving the country for the West or of pursuing a profession in the Philippines.

Keywords:   discrimination, gay, LGBT, urban, restless

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