Discrimination & violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are becoming rampant in the Philippines with series of LGBT (mostly gays) killings in the past years with more or less 10 gay killings in the first quarter of the year. Other discriminatory acts such as harassment of gay men by uniformed men and lesbians getting lower wages are a few to mention. These acts have been persistent due the lack of protective laws against discrimination to LGBTs and to allow the government to accept complaints.
Last August 2010, Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casino, filed House Bill 1483 or otherwise known as the Anti Discrimination Act of 2010 which aims to forward the same equal rights as those being enjoyed by heterosexuals that are currently denied by our laws and or practices. This bill features the following:
- ensuring LGBTs get hired without discrimination in all jobs, services and industries with equitable pay, benefits and promotions;
- making schools a safe and accepting environment for students regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
- providing equal access for LGBTs to enjoy health care, housing, transportation and social services without prejudice; and
- making discrimination against LGBTs an act that can be reported to the government authorities and penalized so that discrimination can be eliminated.
HB 1483 Anti Discrimination Act of 2010 LGBT Rights Bill