LGBT In The Philippines: Accepted But Discriminated

My partner (R) and I (left) during our 2nd anniversary last November 2013 in Baguio.
My partner (R) and I (left) during our 2nd anniversary last November 2013 in Baguio.
My partner (R) and I (left) during our 2nd anniversary last November 2013 in Baguio.
My partner (R) and I (left) during our 2nd anniversary last November 2013 in Baguio.

 

LGBT In The Philippines: Accepted But Discriminated

 

It’s more fun in the Philippines not just for tourist but also for the LGBT community.

 

According to a United Nations-backed study that was released this Monday, Philippines have been a “greener” pasture where gays are tolerated YET are still discriminated. Such discrimination only leads to hate crimes that gays (LGBT community in general) still suffer nowadays.

 

Obviously, sex activity between same sex is no longer considered a crime. However, same –sex marriage as well as adoption are not something that gay couples can talk in the limelight.

 

Michael Tan, the author of the study, told a news conference a recent informal survey of 700 Filipino LGBT respondents found one in 10 had been a victim of violence and abuse, mostly committed at home by their parents.

 

(Read more: A teen killed for posting “Bakla po ako” on Facebook. )

 

In addition, Manila-based gay rights campaigner Jonas Bagas of the TLF Sensuality, Health, and Rights Educator Collective said: “What we have in the Philippines is tolerance, not acceptance.”

 

With this in mind, we can say that as a community, LGBT has a long way to go yet to enjoy the rights that are now being enjoyed by our counterparts in a majority of Western countries.

 

LGBT community in the Philippines generally suffers discrimination, harassment, and abuse at work.

 

Transgender people are not allowed legally to change their identity, first name, and sex while gays can be discharged from the military, and cross-dressers are barred from nightclubs, the report said.

 

Hopefully, full support and respect to the LGBT community will be coming soon in the Philippines. (T-shirt available at Equali-T)
Hopefully, full support and respect to the LGBT community will be coming soon in the Philippines. (T-shirt available at Equali-T)

 

LGBT In The Philippines: Accepted But Discriminated

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!