Contrary to what the opponents of the SOGIE Equality Bill say, the SOGIE Equality Bill's sole purpose is to end gender-based discrimination in this country, which affects not only members of the LGBT community, but heterosexual men and women as well. This in consonance with the Constitutional provisions on equality and protection of human rights.
The SOGIE Equality Bill will help end gender-based discrimination in the workplace, in business and social establishments, and in the availing of government services. It will protect ALL Filipinos from being denied access to public establishments. It will prevent ALL Filipinos from being denied jobs or health services due to their gender. And it will protect ALL Filipinos from being expelled from school due to gender-based biases.
The SOGIE Equality Bill aims to protect the civil rights of EVERY Filipino, including the most vulnerable groups in our society: women, and the LGBT community. Once the bill becomes law, ALL of us can work, study, socialize, and avail of public services without fear of being discriminated against due to our gender. This is why it is very important for the Philippine Senate to pass this bill. It is not a same-sex marriage bill, but a bill that guarantees protection from gender-based discrimination. It is a bill that protects ALL OF US, and this bill was created BY Filipinos FOR Filipinos.
Regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, the SOGIE Equality Bill will protect YOU.