Panel 2

Queer Perspectives on Gender, Aging, and Later Life



What does it mean to become old as a racialized, diasporic, queer subject? How might issues of aging and intergenerational difference impact the subject position of the Filipino bakla? In what ways do the experiences of the elderly bakla in Canada re-imagines the dominant ways of understanding aging and later life? The presenters of this panel invite us to reflect upon elderly queer Filipinos, thereby, allowing us to consider the intimate connection of the Filipino queer body with time and space. 

About the Speakers

Fritz Luther Pino, MA, MSW, PhD Candidate

Ontario Institure for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada 


Fritz Luther Pino is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His dissertation project focuses on the lives of elderly Filipino gay men in Canada in order to examine later life marginalization and inequalities. He has a master of social work degree from the University of Toronto and a master of arts in psychology from the University of San Jose Recoletos, Philippines. He finished his bachelor of science in psychology as summa cum laude at Southwestern University, Philippines. Moved to Canada in 2007 from Cebu, Philippines where he was born and raised, he has a wide range of research and community experience in the field of social services, mental health, and gerontology. He is one of the lead researchers of the Filipino Elderly Well-being Project, a groundbreaking research that explores the lived conditions of elderly Filipinos in the Greater Toronto Area. While completing his dissertation, he serves as program coordinator for seniors at the Silayan Filipino Community Centre and as consultant at Thorncliffe Filipino-Canadian Seniors’ Club in Toronto.



Karlo Franko Azores, MSW Candidate

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada 


Karlo Franko Azores is pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a specialization in Gerontology at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at University of Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Health Studies Specialized Honours degree (cum laude) and Certificate in Health Services Financial Management from the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. His interests include community-based health and social care interventions for older adults, LGBTQ issues in older adulthood, and experiences of ethnoracial and ethnocultural older adults in Canada. He is currently training in social work intervention research and development on play intervention for clients and families living with dementia.

Lukayo Estrella

Senior Manager,  Jer's Vision: Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative


Lukayo Estrella is a Bikol/Tagalog settler currently residing in unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin territory, in the city of Ottawa. They work with and have worked with a variety of organizations and agencies, such as OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants), the Philippine Migrants Society of Canada, Project Acorn (a LGBTQ+ youth leadership camp), the Ontario Committee of Human Rights in the Philippines, PTS (The Ottawa Centre for Queer Community), and No One Is Illegal Ottawa. They do numerous trainings on diversity in the workplace and in schools as the Senior Manager of Jer's Vision: Canada's Youth Diversity Initiative. Aside from organizing communities and delivering workshops, Lukayo also is a spoken word artist and freelance writer. In 2014, they received a spoken word career development grant from the Ontario Arts Council and was also published in Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice, edited by Douglas Gosse.