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Please Respect Our Rights

Call to action for President-elect Benigno Aquino III, from Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc.

By Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc.

Dear President Noy,

Our community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders does not ask for much, and we have never been known to be a demanding sector. We only ask that you do not break our hearts, that you keep your promises, that you stay true and faithful, and that you respect our rights. Even if you have to make tough calls, please respect our rights.

Up to now, the anti-discrimination bill remains pending in Congress. It’s been there for the past 11 years; we hope that we will finally pass it into law. We take this chance to also ask the PNP to make a dossier on gay killings to establish pattern, frequency, and modus operandi of perpetrators. We hope that with community assistance, these gay killings will finally end. Please also institutionalize gender-fair policies in the bureaucracy. These are not demands, but are simply rights that we are asking for.

With your ascension to the presidency, when you took your oath of office, we entered into a covenant with you. In return we will do our part, and help you rebuild this great nation, as we have been doing all this time. Despite the discrimination and violence we are subjected to, you can count on us in the LGBT community to work for the Filipino people. Admit it, no sector is more diverse in talents and strengths, and you need us. There is so much we can offer, if you let us fulfill our potential without fear.

On behalf of everyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, thank you for taking on this greatest of challenges. We are with you every step of the way.

With love,

Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc.

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