Introducing Trippers Philippines, which may have started as a clan in 2002, but is now a legally recognized LGBT-centric organization that focuses on human development and empowerment.It has been reaching out to the people of the LGBT community inside and outside the organization, providing needed services, from HIV awareness to medical services, among others.
By May 1, 2011, Trippers Wild Clan was re-named to Trippers Philippines – its current incarnation – with the once-informal group eventually becoming a legally recognized organization after registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
It was also eventually accredited by the National Youth Commission (NYC), Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC), and the Quezon City Government.
“I think the Duterte government was so focused on the war on drugs it erratically forgot an equally critical issue, like the looming radicalism that had been felt this past several months," said Julkipli Wadi, lecturer at the University of Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies.
Both the US and China sent aid to the Philippines to quell its Islamist insurgency.
It all started in 2002, when select members of then popular social networking site Guys4established a chat room called “TRIPPERS”.
This “brotherhood” eventually “blossomed”, with these members deciding to form a Luzon-wide clan (that is, an informal group of men who have sex with men or MSM who are often connected through newer technologies) known as “Trippers Wild Clan” on February 5, 2005.
Leadership came from the president Rico Suave (a.k.a.
Asian Hunk), who helped grow Trippers Philippines in over 25 cities and provinces all over the country, with over a thousand members.
The killing of Kian Delos Santos last week triggered rare protests against Duterte's controversial but popular campaign to eradicate drugs, and a call for "accountability" from the US ambassador.
Amidst a state-sanctioned drug war that has stoked fear and silenced dissent, the Catholic Church is emerging as possibly the only institution strong enough to stand up to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
CONFRONTING CHALLENGES Like other organizations, Trippers Philippines is not immune to challenges.