Approve the SOGIE equality bill

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House Bill No. 4982 or SOGIE BILL (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression) is also known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB) is seeking for the state to address all forms of discrimination towards the LGBT community and to protect their own rights regardless of sex, age, race, beliefs, and their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

As Philippines was ranked 10th place as one of the most gay-friendly nations in Asia (as of 2013), we still lack acceptance towards our LGBT community, not only because same sex marriage is still not legalized in our country, but, there are far more major concerns. In the Philippines, students who are lesbian,  gay,  bisexual,  and transgender or simply just part of the LGBT community, often experiences bullying and in some cases, physical or sexual assault. These abuses can lead to trauma, mental suffering and can even curtail a students’ right to education. LGBT workers can put their job applications at risk, if they state that they are part of the LGBT community, in addition to job applications, LGBT employees face a huge wage penalty that can make it harder for them to sustain their families. We all know that health is one of the most important thing for a person, but then,  LGBT people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination, they face delay of treatment, harassment, humiliation and are even sometimes not given medical care all just because of their sexual orientation.

In order to solve this problem, we need to implement unbiased hiring wherein, employers should be prohibited from including their sexual orientation in their job application, thus, employers should be prohibited from hiring, promoting or giving incentives and/or privileges based on their sexual orientation. We need to emphasize that, medical services are for all. All medical institutions both private and public should serve a person in need of medical care regardless of their sexual orientation. Our country should stop the harassment towards the LGBT community and learn to accept someone regardless of their sexual orientation.

We believe that SOGIE bill should be passed in order to lead into a culture of acceptance and equality in our country. We need more laws to protect the LGBT community to be able to create more safe spaces for them.  We believe that, all people should honor the dignity and rights of a person, an individual should not be discriminated just because of their preferred sexual orientation and identity.

To achieve equality for everyone, this bill needs to be passed. We need to remind everyone that, LGBT rights are also human rights. Let us all help one another to spread peace and love ❤️


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