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NO MORE KILLINGS! (Statement of the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch on the Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011)
NO MORE KILLINGS!
The Government must act now to define Hate Crimes and give justice to victims and survivors!
Statement of the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch on the Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011
Today the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, an alliance of organizations and individuals united to end hate crimes and hate incidents committed against LGBTs in the Philippines, is supporting the global observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, today 20 November 2011.
The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch calls the attention of the public and the government to the fact that many Filipino transgenders and those who were presumed as transgenders were murdered since 1996. Doubling the tragedy of the fact of their deaths is our government's continuing inaction and apathy towards the appeals of the LGBT community to render attention in the form of investigations, prosecutions and punishment of perpertrators. To date, no one stands accused of inflicting crimes based on hate and bias towards LGBTs, and in some few cases of legal action, the incidents are treated as ordinary crimes.
The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch continues to lobby for the Philippine government to change its attitude and work methods to reflect the growing numbers of unsolved deaths of our transgender brothers and sisters. It is only a fitting act of justice to the transgendered communities if our government agencies begin to pay closer attention to the problem and introduce legal and administrative reforms.
To the public, we continue to plead for vigilance and heightened awareness that transphobia and homophobia is a reality in Philippine culture and it kills and maims transgendered, lesbian, gay and bisexual persons. It is now or never, we should start addressing transphobia and homophobia in our families, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. The seemingly harmless taunts, harassment, and verbal abuse of our transgendered youth can lead to emotional distress from bullying and can lead to violence and bodily harm. We should stop denying that transphobia is a problem and continues to encourage hateful persons and groups in our country to find more victims.
Let this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance lead to more awareness of the needless deaths of our trans sisters and brothers. No more killings! Act now to outlaw hate crimes and bias crimes! Give justice to the victims and survivors!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
First written and posted as a Facebook Note by Carl-oh Fabish Gonzales
OBAR INCIDENT (You'll pay for this)
This is a disturbing matter! My friend was dragged inside your bar and beat four of your customers without any reasons. Grabe! Wala kayong nagawa to think ang lalaki ng katawan ng mga waiters niyo! What we are wanted is not a simple sympathy, we are asking for a justice. Tambayan ng bakla ang OBAR, Sa amin kayo kumikita. Wala ang establishment niyo kung hindi sa amin. If gays are not safe to a so called "gay haven", bakit pa namin kailangan ang bar niyo. Mismo sa loob ng bar niyo nangyari ang incident. Kahit anong anggulo niyo tignan, mali ang naging katayuan niyo sa isang insidente kagaya nito.
You may refer to this photo for your reference. This is an actual photo of my friend.
His post after the incident and I quote " (To Begin With, I'm NOT Drunk ^I^ ) I'm Calling All My BELOVED Friends To Sympathize With Me....With What Has Just Happened To Me In/At "O-Bar, Malate" (Thursday Morning, November 10, 2011)....I Was Arbitrarily Dragged From Where I Was Stranding (In Front Of A Certain Mirror...Near The D.J.'s Booth) And Got PUNCHED By A Certain Man (A Filipino Guy...With His Four Colleagues....One Of Whom Was An Arabic Man....Ako Pa! Matalas Ang Memory Ko Noh! ^I^ ) My Nose Kept On Bleeding....I Have WITNESSES.....Whatever The Reason Was...NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO PUNCH ANYONE.....And, OF ALL THE PEOPLE, AKO PA!!?? Nyeta Ka! HINDI KO PALALAMPASIN ITO! To The Management Of "O-Bar", I DON'T DESERVE SUCH TREATMENT....Hindi Pa Ito PERIOD...I'm Not DONE Yet....( I'M REALLY UPSET......SUPER UPSET!!! ^I^ GGRRHHHH! )
To all gay men let us not support this bar. They are just happy with our money and never with our welfare and safety.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011
First posted in Digital Journal by Ron De Vera, read his other articles here, and follow Ron on Twitter.
Filipino Psychologists Take A Stand Against LGBT Discrimination
Manila - On October 27, the Statement of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) on "Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression" was made public on PAP's website.
According to the website, PAP's non-discrimination statement aims to "eliminate stigma, prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)" people by supporting efforts to:
• oppose all public and private discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression;• repeal discriminatory laws and policies, and support the passage of legislation at the local and national levels that protect the rights and promote the welfare of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions;• eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination against LGBTs in teaching, research, psychological interventions, assessment and other psychological programs;• encourage psychological research that addresses the needs and concerns of LGBT Filipinos and their families and communities;• disseminate and apply accurate and evidence-based information about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to design interventions that foster mental health and wellbeing of LGBT Filipinos.By releasing this statement, the PAP joins the ranks of other mental health professional organizations around the world in affirming that "lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations are normal variants of human sexuality." These organizations include the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society, the Colombian Society of Psychology, Psychological Society of South Africa, the Australian Psychological Society, and the International Network on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology, among others.A Society of Tolerance not AcceptanceThe statement includes a general list of how LGBT Filipinos still experience stigma, prejudice and discrimination in Philippine society such as "bullying, teasing and harassment of LGBT children and adolescents in families, schools and communities; media portrayal of LGBTs as frivolous, untrustworthy and even dangerous or predatory; denying transgender Filipinos entry into commercial establishments; pigeonholing LGBT Filipinos into particularly limited roles and occupations; or curtailing their rights to participate in the political sphere."In addition to these cases of discrimination, there have also been an increasing number of reported LGBT killings. According to The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, a monitoring group that documents hate crimes in the Philippines, there have been more than 141 reported cases of LGBT people killed in the Philippines since 1996.Long JourneyThe release of this statement traces its roots all the way back to the beginning of 2011. In February, a PAP-certified clinical psychologist guested on the morning show Umagang Kay Ganda (Beautiful Morning) and stated on national TV that LGBT people can become straight and achieve a happy life by going through therapy.According to Eric Julian Manalastas, an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of the Philippines - Diliman and a member of the PAP, this was a "misleading, inaccurate, and unethical statement." It prompted him to write to PAP to ask the organization to take action on the matter. On October 8, the board of directors approved a statement that Manalastas drafted along with Prof. Jay Yacat, a professor from the same university.The Real Work BeginsBut the long journey doesn't stop with the statement's approval. "...when I saw it finally released on the official PAP mailing list and the website, I was thinking, wow now the work begins," said Manalastas. He expects that out of the several commitments, the last one (disseminate and apply accurate and evidence-based information about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) will have an immediate effect on the lives of LGBT Filipinos. "I would like to see all Filipino psychologists know that diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity is a compelling reality of human life...and that they apply and share this knowledge when they teach students, do research, talk to the media, and deliver professional services like counseling and therapy," he added.Personal ConnectionManalastas said he got a lot of personal satisfaction when the statement was released. He holds a strong connection to the issue as he and Yacat personally worked on the statement together until its approval. Despite the long journey and the challenge posed by society, Manalastas seemed hopeful and shared that "though few compared to in other countries, Filipino psychologists are well-placed (in schools, universities, organizations, clinics, etc.) and have a good opportunity to impact directly on the well-being, self-esteem, and personal identity of LGBT and non-LGBT Filipinos."
Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/313776#ixzz1cnWnWPIo