Thursday, December 22, 2011

Usapang diskriminasyon sa trabaho ng mga transgender na nurses

Sa mga nakaraang mga araw, nakatanggap ako ng isang liham mula sa isang transgender nurse na may concern tungkol sa maaring discrimination na matanggap nya bilang isang nurse na papasok na sa RNHEALS Program ng DOH.

Ito ang aming naging palitan ng pag-uusap. Ibabahagi ko ito para malaman ng aking mga followers at readers na baka nakaka-experience din ng ganitong klaseng diskriminasyon sa kanilang opisina o eskwelahan.

I am a transsexual and 45 years old. Do you think I still can be under the program of Rn heals? I already challenged the screening exam. I did Psycho test today. I still have to undergo the interview by the chief nurse and then the panel interview which is composed of the higher echelons of the hospital.

I am afraid that I might be discriminated because I am 45(2nd courser) and a sexually reassigned person (male to female). Are there qualifications? I do not think there is an age limit because it is not stated in the ad of RN HEALS. 

Please help me just in case I will be eliminated because of age and being a transsexual. RN Heals is not for hiring permanent staff nurses but a program to alleviate the deplorable plight of unemployed nurses. 


Dear Spice,

The RNHEALS 2 program does not provide age limit nor preference for gender identity, if you will be eliminated because of this qualifications, please immediately tell me so I can take actions. But I would like to inform you ahead of time that RNHEALS 2 prioritizes their former "volunteers" to be part of the program.

Don't hesitate to email us the result of your application. Thank you!


Alvin Dakis

Nrs. Alvin

Thank you very much for your immediate response. I did volunteering by the way.

I will update you with my application. I feel relieved, at least there is someone who understands my predicament.  Mabuhay ka.

Thank you again.

Hi Spice,

Yes, I'm one of those who advocates for the anti-discrimination bill against LGBTs especially among transpinay. You may also report to me some abuses done to transgender/transsexual women in the country especially among nurses.

Thank you!

Nrs. Alvin,

Thank you very much for the moral support you gave me. The confidence I had when I underwent the initial interview of the chief nurse was from you. There was supposed to be a panel interview but since the hospital was trying to hasten the process of RN heals, the Medical Director appointee just welcome us all and told us we are already in the program. 

I am now under the the program Rn Heals. I hope that it will open doors for me in the immediate future. To be an employee in the said hospital is close to impossible since there is an age limit to hiring permanent staff nurses. I will just take advantage of the knowledge and skills I will acquire in the program. 

I am just wondering what uniform should I wear? Since my nursing college days, I was asked to wear female uniform plus nurse's cap. And When I underwent training, I was wearing cap too. What do you think? We were told that we are going to wear the prescribed uniform of the hospital to avoid discrimination. We will all be like and treated as real staff nurses of the hospital. And that means we need to have our uniforms done.I do not want to be contemptuous by deciding according to my whim. This is the reason I am seeking your opinion. I will ask the chief nurse on Monday though.

I will keep you posted.

Thank you again. Have a relaxing weekend.


Dear Spice,

Thank you for updating me. And it's great you got admitted to the program. With regards to your clothing, I encourage you to wear the clothing that best represents you. If you are very comfortable wearing female uniform, then go for it because you have all the rights to do so. 

Best regards,


A friend of mine heard that one of the senior nurses was reacting why was I allowed to wear a female uniform with a nurse's cap. The senior nurse retorted, I should present myself accdg to my biological gender. She was even questioning why I was able to penetrate the training program where I was enrolled prior to RN heals. The chief nurse already approved my application and even the oic of the hospital didn't say anything when I had a brief interview with him. So, I am pretty confident that she can't eliminate me.

Do you think I have all the right to wear female uniform since I am a sexually reassigned person? I am just wondering. Though, I know I have all the right because there is no law in black and white stating that transgenders are not allowed to assume the role female nurses. 

Thank you again for the encouragement. I will simply try to learn what is to be learnt, to hone my nursing skills, widen my nursing knowledge and improve my attitude.

I already told some of the staff nurses that I have a friend from DOH who is very supportive of me. An advocate of LGTB and a thinking nurse with a purpose. Enjoy and lazy your Sunday night Nars Alvin. I hope to meet you in person./spice

Dear Spice,

Thank you for your continued correspondence. As a person who underwent SRS and under the international treaties where Philippines is a signatory, one cannot discriminate a member of the LBGT according to his or her sexual orientation & gender identity. So just warn them about that. And if they do not believe what I am telling you, we can make this as a test case which we can win. 

I have your back.


Iyan ang huli naming pag-uusap dated December 12, 2012. Natutuwa ako't pinag-kakatiwalaan nya ako at sa akin dumulog at humingi ng advice. Patunay din ito na sa ating propesyon, marami pa ring mga hindi edukado tungkol sa sexual orientation & gender identity at ito dapat ay nirerespeto at hindi dapat ito batayan upang matanggal o hindi matanggap sa trabaho o paaralan ang isang tao.

Nakakalungkot lang na may ilang pwersa ang gustong tanggalin ang Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) bilang isa sa mga importanteng laman ng Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB) na sya namang nakabinbin ngayon sa Kamara. Ang bill na ito ay pinangungunahan ni Rep. Teddy Casino ng Bayan Muna. 

Para sa grupong (kagaya na lang ng CBCP) naglalayong tanggalin ang probisyon ng SOGI bilang isa sa mga rason na kung saan ang isang tao ay madiskrimina, ang Anti-Discrimination Bill ay nagiging 'discriminating' na sa ilang sektor ng lipunan, ang mga Lesbyana, Bakla, Bisexual at Transgender (na kung saan, kasama si Spice na sumulat) sa akin.

Importante sa ating mga nurses na hindi mag-discriminate ng ating mga pasyente o mga kasamahan sa propesyon sa kadahilanang sila ay mga LGBTs dahil hindi tayo makakapagbigay ng sapat na pag-aalaga kapag biased na ang ating judgment. Sa ating propesyon, tayo ay tinuruan na mag-alaga sa lahat at umintindi sa kanilang kalagayan, na magbigay ng karampatang lunas sa kahit kaaway natin. Gayun din sana sa ating mga kasamahan, hangga't nagagawa nya ng matiwasay ang kanyang trabaho, bigyan natin sila ng kalayaang ihayag ang kanilang gender identity.

Muli, ang SOGI ay hindi maaring gamitin laban sa isang LGBT upang hindi matanggap sa trabaho o paaralan. Kapag may mga ganito kayong karanasan at gusto nyong matulungan namin kayo, maari kayong magpadala sa akin ng e-mail sa pamamagitan ng blog na ito o mag-comment.

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