Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

NEWSMAKERS

SOGIE Equality Bill does not create, ascribe new rights – CHR

“It is crucial to understand that diverse SOGIE form part of a person’s identity. And if people are harmed for simply asserting themselves as humans, then the State must be ready provide equal protection through laws and policies,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) insisted that the SOGIE Equality Bill does not create or ascribe new rights, but merely “demands recognition” that everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights.

“We need to recognize that violence and discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community exist, and that persons of diverse SOGIE are oftentimes being disadvantaged for simply not conforming to some’s conservative notion of what makes males and females,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.

“It is crucial to understand that diverse SOGIE form part of a person’s identity. And if people are harmed for simply asserting themselves as humans, then the State must be ready provide equal protection through laws and policies,” she added.

Comedian turned politician Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who happens to be the Senate President, has repeatedly stated that the SOGIE Equality Bill’s future at least under his leadership is bleak; just as he also repeatedly expressed his anti-LGBTQIA sentiments.

More recently, Sotto claimed that the bill will violate women’s rights; even as he, himself, discriminated against women not included in his personal definition of what makes a woman.

“If you are a man, you will never be a woman no matter what you do because you cannot reproduce,” Sotto said, immediately excluding those who were assigned female at birth who can not, or who choose not, to bear children.

For De Guia, however, SOGIE as a term, “recognizes the diversity of human sexuality and its many forms of expression. Boxing then the debate in the perspective of ‘male versus female rights already highlights some of the issues that the SOGIE Equality Bill seeks to address.”

The CHR spokesperson stressed that the message of SOGIE Equality Bill remains simple: “Regardless of your sexual orientation and no matter how you opt to express your gender, you are human, as is with everyone else who needs to be respected and given the opportunity to pursue a well-lived and dignified life.”

Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Health & Wellness

When comparing autistic females and males directly, autistic females were more likely to be sexually active; more likely to identify as asexual, bisexual, and...

NEWSMAKERS

The bombing that happened in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on Saturday (September 18) may have been motivated by hate against LGBTQIA people there.

#KaraniwangLGBT

Bryan Ramos Bustillo’s father didn’t immediately accept him as #gay, even if his mother - Elvira - saw him as a fruit of her...

From the Editor

Groups within the LGBTQIA community will end up supporting their candidates. That's their choice - even their right - and none should attack this,...

Advertisement