💡 FUN FACTS ABOUT SOGIE EQUALITY BILL!
Based on the SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Risa Hontiveros (read here), this bill isn’t just about letting the transgenders use the female’s comfort room. SOGIE Equality Bill is an EQUALITY bill and not an LGBTQ special treatment bill so please CALM YOURSELF DOWN.
I understand the uproar of some regarding the SOGIE Equality Bill being pushed in the senate recently. People are talking about Gretchen Diez controversy, perverts to take advantage of this law to sneak into women’s comfort rooms and practice immoral acts.
But can we look at the bigger picture? Nothing’s perfect so is every law.
One example is the law prohibiting the selling of firecrackers. Yes, it will raise safety among people, protect people and lessen accidents, casualties and fatalities involving firecrackers but what about the people who have firecrackers as their business? What about the Filipino tradition of using firecrackers to celebrate occasion and new year? What about the preservation of our tradition and culture? Trashed.
Just think about that. Every law will affect something, it’s inevitable.
Now, why don’t we focus on what SOGIE Equality bill contain and what and who does it want to protect? Everyone.
• SOGIE Equality Bill (formerly Anti-discrimination bill) was first filed by late the Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, though it failed to pass several senate hearings, the senators continued to revise the said bill. Sen. Risa Hontiveros renamed it SOGIE Equality Bill after such revisions, however, the content seemed the same.
• Today, Sen. Risa Hontiveros is the author of the second version of bill and are backed up by Kaka Bag-ao, Geraldine Roman and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (who are the authors of the other version of the bill). The other version of the bill is I think what most people are scared of as it was specific-SOGIE (more of LGBTQ protection) while Hontiveros’ version is more comprehensive as it protects EVERYONE not just the LGBTQ+.
Read the House of Representstive’s version here.
Read Risa Hontiveros’ version here.
•President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both support the passing of the anti-discrimination bill.
President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo are both lawyers, isn’t that enough credential for you to consider listening to their opinions about this? Ever wonder why they both support the passing of this bill? Partida, pula at dilaw na yan.
This bill gives everyone, regardless of sex, race, age, class, status, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, ethnicity and gender identity, the right to be free from any form of discrimination as stated in Section 2 of the bill.
Let’s begin with making the readers understand a bit more of the purpose of this bill.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
— these are based on my understanding of the proposed bill and I decided to set examples of cases in order to define the function and fundamentals of bill in a less jargon way.
Disability: You’re an HIV+ girl who actually earned the virus from your HIV+ birth mother. You’re decent and all. This law will protect you from being discriminated and all the stigma.
Sex: If you’re a woman, qualified, and you want to be a courier rider (common job of men), a company shouldn’t prohibit you from being hired just because you’re a woman.
Race/Color/Ethnicity: You’re an aeta and you want an access to good education but a scholarship grant wasn’t given to you despite that you’re qualified just because you have dark skin, accent or you’re from a native race. That’s violation of law.
Age: You’re around 60s yet you’re still fit, qualified and you want to work and keep earning money. A company shouldn’t reject you with just the reason of because you’re old.
Class/Status: You’re from the lower class yet you’re qualified for the job position, a firm puts you at a lower position just because you’re from the lower class, that will be against the law.
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: You’re gay but you have full heart in joining the military reservist. Being prohibited from joining the training just because you’re gay will be against the law.
Political Beliefs: You’re a <politician> supporter and your boss fired you because he doesn’t like <the politician>. With SOGIE Equality bill, that will be against the law.
Religious Beliefs: You’re a muslim and despite that you’re doing well and all decent, you get fired because your bosses/colleagues have different religion. That will be against the law.
Moving to another point, what is discrimination?
Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
Does anyone want to be discriminated? NO. Do you want to be discriminated? I’m sure not.
This law will not just protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination, it will protect EVERYONE from discrimination, including you.
Most people think it is a bill specially made for the LGBTQ+ but you know why this mindset is so vibrant in this issue? Because it’s the LGBTQ+ who gets the strongest and loudest discrimination + the SOGIE (acronym for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) on the bill’s title makes it sound like it’s made only for the LGBTQ when in fact, the content of the bill shows that it covers all.
Kapag bakla wala ng future, kapag tomboy hanggang diyan nalang. Bakit may ganitong discrimination? Does being a part of LGBTQ+ make you less?
It will NOT oppress people and make the LGBTQ+ any special. Again, it’s an EQUALITY bill not LGBTQ+ special treatment bill. It’s just treating the LGBTQ+, the elderly, all the races, all the social and everyone equally. That’s the whole point of this law so what do we have to lose?
Ang problema kase sa inyo naniniwala kayo agad sa mga FB post derogating this bill. Kesyo this bill will oppress the people or this bill will promote immorality. No, it’s not like that. It is more than just that.
But to clarify things up, I personally would like to suggest to push for the Anti-Discrimination Bill first before the SOGIE Equality specific bill because who knows, ADB can resolve discrimination issues towards LGBTQ already which may give us the conclusion that we no longer need the SOGIE specific bill. You know what I mean?
Then again, this write up is just composed my thoughts, as centrist and a normal Filipino citizen, about this issue. Tell me what you think about it.
Read the official SOGIE Equality Draft here.