Trans woman to senators: 'Step up your game' on SOGIE bill

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Posted at Aug 16 2019 12:32 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2019 12:36 PM

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Senators who are "not informed" on LGBT rights should "step up their game," a trans woman who accused a shopping mall worker of discrimination said Friday, as she pushed for long-delayed legislation to protect her community.

Gretchen Diez gained prominence after getting detained by police in Quezon City when she figured in a scuffle with a mall personnel for using the female comfort room. The incident has revived interest in the passage of the SOGIE bill.

"I cannot believe that some questions will be coming from certain senators who are reputable persons, persons of the highest education. These are the representatives of our people. These represent the Philippines," Diez said.

"It’s just sad to know that up to this moment, some representatives are not informed about basic terms used in SOGIE…I think it's about time for our legislators, our senators to step up the game," she said.

The SOGIE bill, filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, aims to protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community from all forms of discrimination namely:

  • promotion of stigma on the basis of SOGIE in the media, textbooks, and other medium
  • inciting violence and sexual abuse on the basis of SOGIE
  • including sexual orientation in the criteria for hiring, promotion, transfer, designation of workers
  • refusal of admission or expel a person from any school or training institution on the basis of gender and sexual orientation
  • imposition of harsher penalties and sanctions on students on the basis of SOGIE
  • refusal or revocation of accreditation to any group or establishment on the basis of SOGIE
  • denial of public or private medical care on the basis of SOGIE
  • denial of access to establishments or services on the basis of SOGIE
  • denial of an application for or revoke any government license or similar document on the basis of SOGIE
  • forcing a person to undertake any medical or psychological examination to determine or alter one's SOGIE
  • physical harassment on the basis of SOGIE
  • analogous acts that shall have the effect or purpose of nullifying a person’s human rights

Senator Sonny Angara meanwhile filed his own bill which seeks to prohibit "all forms" of discrimination.