As leader of the world's only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation is not an easy feat. The activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, and prove that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously. Out Run provides their transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.
The starting point of Out Run is May 2012, one year before the general election in the Philippines. The LGBT communities in the country wanted something more effective than ‘coming out’. “Miss Gay Contest” was tolerated by the Philippine people, but the LGBT wanted to make sure their human rights were protected. So they established the only political party around the world that advocates sexual minorities, named Ladlad. Ladlad, meaning “out of the closet”, decides to win three seats in the Congress. Can LGBT politicians be accepted in the conservative, Catholic Philippine society? People said, “ask God for forgiveness”, and thought they are worthless and untrustworthy. Can Ladlad make it to the Congress? The film Out Run follows Ladlad’s new election campaign, which they built upon the lessons they learned from the failure in the 2010 election. Their primary goal is
to make and pass equal opportunity bills, and they do not make hasty actions on sensitive issues, such as samesex marriage. They wanted acceptance, not tolerance, but they failed again. Two years later, one candidate left the Philippines, and the rest continues their struggle. Out Run is a story of beautiful and strong people. It speaks to the heart, as all stories about the fight between those who are equal but do not have equal rights.