Duterte makes a pitch for SOGIE bill

The government can create a commission to promote the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) community while the anti-discrimination bill against them has yet to be passed by Congress.

Duterte makes a pitch for SOGIE bill
RIGHTS BODY. Gretchen Diez (left) meets up with President Rodrigo Duterte Monday night where an insider said the two talked about calls to pass the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Equality Bill into law.
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The idea was pitched during the meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and Gretchen Diez on Monday night, according to Senator Christopher Go.

Diez earned media attention when she was barred from using a female restroom in a mall in Quezon City.

Go said Tuesday Duterte was planning to call for an LGBTQIA+ convention to hear the concerns of community members. 

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Go said Duterte thought of the convention, which most likely would be held after the President’s visit to China at the end of the month, after his meeting with Diez and other members of the community on Monday.

He said Duterte had vowed that the Palace would work with both Houses of Congress to push for the passage of a version of the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) Equality Bill that would protect the rights of individuals against discrimination.

He said the President had expressed his full support to the LGBTQ community.

As shown in photos released to the media, Duterte met Diez and other LGBTQ+ rights advocates amid the calls to pass the SOGIE equality bill into law.

“Go mentioned that one of the proposals that was also discussed in the meeting is the possibility of creating a commission for LGBTQ pending the enactment of a SOGIE [equality] law,” a statement from Go’s office said.

Go said the government was eying an “LGBTQ+ convention” that “will serve as a venue for the LGBTQ community to raise their concerns and come up with policy proposals.”

Meanwhile, the janitress who barred Diez from the restroom use broke her silence Monday in an interview by the online site PressOne. 

Chayra Ganal, 25, said she had been allowing transwomen to use the female restroom on many occasions in the past.

But two women complained about Diez’s presence in the toilet, prompting her to recommend the nearby male restroom.

Diez took out a mobile phone and went live on Facebook, Ganal said in the interview.

Ganal said she brought Diez to the mall security office on the ground floor because she had refused to delete the video.

Duterte makes a pitch for SOGIE bill
SOGIE LECTURE. A Senate hearing on the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression Equality Bill attended by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Nancy Binay and Ronald dela Rosa was virtually transformed into a ‘classroom‘ and became a venue for senators to explain to the public the people’s different gender identities and expressions. Hontiveros, who chairs the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, gave an overview of the people’s different gender identities, sexual orientation, and expressions and how to respond to practical issues, such as the use of public spaces. Joseph Vidal
Ganal, who was pregnant, said Diez had resisted and elbowed her in the belly. With Macon Ramos-Araneta

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Topics: LGBTQ+ community , anti-discrimination bill , Rodrigo Duterte , Gretchen Diez , Christopher Go
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