MANILA -- Local celebrities, including "It's Showtime" host Anne Curtis, appealed to senators Tuesday to pass a bill that would give members of the LGBT community protection from discrimination.
The SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression) Equality Bill has been pending in the upper chamber since September last year.
Curtis, along with other celebrities from showbiz, shared messages online for Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III with the hashtag that read: "Love is All We Need." They also tagged senators Manny Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva, who have also been against the anti-discrimination bill.
"There's nothing more I want for them than to have equal rights as citizens of this country," Curtis wrote.
The actress added that she wants them to live a life free from discriminatory acts, and in a country where "they can express themselves freely knowing that they are loved and protected."
Others who have expressed their support for the bill include Bianca Gonzalez, Joey Mead King, Divine Lee, Iza Calzado, Heart Evangelista, and broadcaster Karen Davila.
The SOGIE bill was approved by the House of Representatives lasty year -- a landmark decision in a majorly Catholic nation.
Among the laundry list of protections LGBT people would be given under it are access to facilities such as gender-neutral toilets and a complaints desk in police stations.
It would also prevent people from denying them basic services because of their sexuality.