The battle cry of almost every lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate in the Philippines is to pass a law that would protect against discrimination and violence directed towards one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). Even with the SOGIE Equality Bill (then known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill) in 2000, and its recent passage during the 3rd reading at the House of Representatives last year, LGBT people will still continue to experience blatant discrimination without the Bill being passed into law. While there are organizations working tirelessly to address such issues, the work of LGBT advocates would not be as strong if there will not be a national law to serve as the backbone of their interventions.
Twenty-eight years ago today, homosexuality was declassified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO), recognizing it as a natural part of sexual diversity. Hence, this date was marked as the “International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia” (IDAHOT). This year, the theme “Alliance for Solidarity” highlights the joint efforts of LGBT rights advocates all over the world who vigorously lobby for anti-discrimination laws, inclusive policies, and more importantly, to change the hearts and minds of people who turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the plight of LGBT people.
In resonance with this theme, GALANG Philippines continues to build alliances and strengthen partnerships with organizations that lobby for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill. In addition to that, GALANG continues to work with its community-based partners, fulfilling its role as a catalyst for the empowerment of urban poor LBTs. Although the road may seem long and filled with unyielding challenges, GALANG will continue to remain passionate and undaunted in the fight towards equality.Back to Photo Albums