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Sol Aragones pushes for passage of SOGIE law after transwoman’s discrimination in QC

Aug 17, 2019 @ 20:24

Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones said it is high time to pass the SOGIE ( sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression) bill to prevent incidents of discrimination like what happened recently to transgender woman Gretchen Diez.

In a statement, Aragones said she sympathizes with Diez and the many unpublicized cases of discrimination that members of the LGBTQIA+ community endure every day.

“Discrimination and abuse is everywhere and will continue unabated unless we do more to encourage society to accept and understand members of the LGBTQIA+ community,” she said.

Diez was detained for using the ladies’ room in a mall in Quezon City, brought to a nearby police station, and later released after charges of unjust vexation against her were dropped.

Aragones recently filed House Bill 2211 or the SOGIE Equality Act, which seeks to provide safeguards against discrimination and abuse against the LGBTQIA+ community.

Section 4 of the bill punishes persons or institutions that physically and emotionally abuse and discriminate against members of the LGBTQIA+ community by denying them access to public and private services and the use of establishments because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

Aragones said the SOGIE Law is necessary since a study conducted by Human Rights Watch in 2015 found that only 15 percent of Filipinos reside in areas covered by ordinances that bar discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

“A law covering the entire country is needed to discourage and prevent abuses of members of the LGBTQIA+ community from Appari to Jolo,” she said.

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