For instance, sporting a rainbow—the symbol for LGBTQIA+—is becoming more common these days. This is a cause that is noble and fundamental: Openness to all, celebration of diversity, finding common ground in our humanity. Unfortunately, while many individuals and institutions claim to champion gender equality, they only so in words, while their action leaves much to be desired. A popular shopping center in Quezon City made a show of celebrating Pride Month last June with a rainbow-colored skyway and pedestrian lane. And yet, it failed to train its employees on what it truly means to be in solidarity with Pride. Last week, a transwoman was dragged out of the ladies’ room at the mall and was discriminated upon by guards and a janitress. When she started recording the incident on her cell phone, the same woman was charged with unjust vexation, handcuffed and brought to the police station. The government also recently passed a “Bawal Bastos law” that punishes catcalling and sexist remarks, among others. Many claim to demand that rapists and abusers be brought to justice. And yet, we have no less than the leader of the land objectifying women, even using them as “tourist attractions” to entice foreign men to come here. Of course, we are told he is joking—but this is no joking matter. We have esteemed institutions protecting their “highly esteemed” members that they dismiss allegations of improper behavior.