Ipasa ang Anti-Discrimination Bill, Now Na!!!
Since 1999, the Filipino LGBT community have been fighting for the passage of a bill that would penalize discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. As the 13th Congress draws to an end, we are again urging our lawmakers to enact the bill and affirm the universality of human rights.
The Anti-Discrimination Bill is authored by AKBAYAN Reps. Etta Rosales, Mayong Aguja, and Risa Hontiveros in the House of Representatives, and by Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla in the Senate. (Click here to download a copy of the House version and here for the Senate version).
Essentially, the bill seeks to penalize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in many areas, particularly in education, healthcare, workplace, public service, and law enforcement, among others.
There are still many things that should be done to ensure the bill’s approval. For one, we must continuously pressure the members of Congress – especially the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate – to approve the bill before the congressional recess this December. We should also keep on educating the public about the bill and why it is important to the community, and respond with compassion and pride to erroneous and misleading allegations that it is about same-sex marriage and that it would institute special rights for homosexuals.
You help and your support are important for the passage of the Anti-discrimination bill. Join the Pride March to express your support for the bill. Speak out against discrimination and bigotry.