MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill proposed by Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros has backfired.
It was meant to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to outlawing discriminatory practices based on gender, race, age, health status, etc. etc.
But the bill has alienated biological women who claim their own rights to privacy and comfort in using public restrooms are under attack.
As a compromise to move her bill forward and to make it more incusive of the wider spectrum of Philippine society, Hontiveros has amended the title of her bill from SOGIE to LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ bill.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out to GABRIELA and other womens’s (and men’s) organizations for comment but has not received any response as of press time.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Who’d ever think that the Philippines’ Senate President, an icon of showbiz’s macho culture, would finally come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community?
It happened during Senate deliberations on the proposed SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) Bill which aims to ban and penalize discriminatory practices directed at the LGBTQ+ community.
Expressing frustration about having to figure out what LGBTQ+ stands for, Senator Tito Sotto admitted that he, too, is a member of the LGBTQ+C community —“C” meaning “confused.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether he meant he was confused about the terminology that describes the different groups within the gay community, or if he was confused about his own gender identity.
He suggested that the community be referred to instead as “homo sapiens,” since “what we’re discussing, really, is homosexuality.”