LGBT Discrimination In The Philippines

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It’s Pointless. Why Discriminate?

The fight against LGBT discrimination in the country seems to be a never ending moral endeavor and is something that just won’t stop. Last year, the first ever transgender person was elected to the House of Representatives and she carried out the highest profile advocacy push ever by a transgender. This national incident has once again proved that discrimination does not bring any benefit to a country, only more problems.

However, one can say that LGBT discrimination is not actually a “thing” in the country since the Philippines is ranked as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. In fact, the 2013 survey by the US-based Pew Research Center stated that 73 percent of adult Filipinos agreed with the statement that “homosexuality should be accepted by society” and out of the 17 countries with the same majorities, the Philippines was ranked 10th. While it is true that Filipinos have grown to accept gay people, this does not mean they do not tolerate the discrimination and criminal abuse of these individuals. A person can very much accept the
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Since they are already accepted by most people, it is only fair that their discrimination should be stopped. During the pre-colonial period, male Babaylans could “partake in romantic and sexual relations with oth er men without being judged by society,” according to author Neil Garcia. From Gary Leupp’s “Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan,” in ancient Japan, all Samurai in training were required to have regular homosexual intercourse with their master. According to the “American Indian Culture and Research Journal,” the indigenous population of America had specific and respectable roles of homosexuality. This does not only mean that gay people have existed around the world for a long time, but their homosexual actions were also tolerated and not shamed
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