Mindanao is not just any of the 7.017 islands of the Philippines. If you don't know about what's been going on there for decades, you're probably just too young, or uninformed. JR was one of the few nurses reaching remote rural areas, to bring support and help in emergency situations. Currently, he's attending international conferences on HIV within a Protestant church organization. His struggle has three layers: being Filipino, gay, and having HIV.
Despite the Philippines' rating as a middle income country, being Filipino certainly doesn't help aim at equal wages with "white" counterparts. As for homosexuality, it's quite accepted, but particularly so within a frame of expected behaviors, ambitions and orientations. JR also discusses how HIV medicines differ between rich and poor countries, leading to substantial unequality in health rights across the globe.