Austere Rex Gamao

Austere Rex Gamao is from Sagay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. His work has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, tractions: experiments in art writing, Queer Southeast Asia: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art, Underblong, TLDTD, Ilahas Journal, and forthcoming in Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature. His first book, With Decade, is also forthcoming from Grana Books in 2024. He obtained an MFA in Creative Writing at De La Salle University. As of writing, he teaches at Far Eastern University.

Ambot sa Essay Kwoah: From Swardspeak to Hiligaynon, What Queering Language and Forms Means to Me

I went to this year’s Pride March with the goal of just taking pictures for this essay and going home immediately. The event was only a couple of minutes away from my apartment.

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Answers Taken from HIV Questionnaires

1. There’s too much love 2. Spreading in him 3. I let him in because he was afraid of me 4. When I accidentally cut myself I screamed at the sight of my own blood, alive on the sink 5. …

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