We don’t need your sympathy, what we need is Justice, and fair treatment to everyone
EXPERIENCES ABOUT DISCRIMINATION
We all know that LGBT communities today are facing many criticisms about their image and opportunities they might have in the future. A lot of LGBT community had experienced bullying and criticisms by those people who surrounds them and those criticisms and simple words of bullying even though it’s just a joke is still considered as a offense or discrimination towards the LGBT. According to Chris there are different kind of levels, approaches and nature of discriminations and criticisms about the LGBT Community. According to him he experienced bullying when he was a kid. When he was young he was always bullied by his classmates because of his preference. Discrimination also involved the stereotype thinking that gays are weak and that they are similar to how women act and speak.
Mikhay as what the students call her is a proud transgender woman who started as a boy inside UE – Caloocan. After the 1st semester she decided to become a woman and to proudly express her goal to be a woman. But in her experience she dealt with those people who wasn’t open to her. She experienced being blocked at the gate of UE Caloocan and was asked, why is she wearing female clothes, and why does she need to wear clothes and make up of women she’s not event a biological woman. She added “ I am happy what I am”.
As Mikhay transforms to a beautiful and proud woman, she added that taking pills and injections of hormonal chemicals doesn’t affect her way of thinking or even her personality but rather it affected her confidence to herself. The effect of this made her feel fresh and clean.
AFFECTING THEIR PERSONALITY AND CHILDHOOD. CONQUERING CHALLENGES AND CRITICISMS
Growing up, Chris added that bullying and discrimination affected his childhood and his personality. Because of this experiences he stayed strong and while he was growing up he said that he has to be strong and mature on taking the words and actions of those people who surrounds him. Being able to take criticisms well and classy is an action that would define how those words and bashes are not true. Set up your mind and total being to make yourself secured and confident to face those people who criticize you as a part of LGBT community.
Surround yourself with friends who can defend you and stand up with you, especially to those times that you need an ally. Mikhay added that you need to have someone who gives positive vibes and positivity to you. She also added that you need to be comfortable with yourself and your friends. She points out that LGBT members should always have someone who supports you and help you through tough times. Lastly, always be kind to those people who doesn’t welcome you or accept you.
Hindi ka naman ma momroblema kung hindi ka mag isa diba? dapat may kasama ka.
For every bashes and criticisms that pulls us down, we must learn how to rise and think positive on how we are going to prove them that what they think is not true. Mikhay admitted that she was almost bullied or bashed by everyone. But she managed to rise up because of the faith, prayers and her true friends that helped her in finding ways to continue a happy life.
Orienting the youth and the society about what homosexuality is one way to eradicate or lessen inequality and abusive treatment to the LGBT community. We should start to inform and to teach the future generations that homosexuality is not wrong. Chris added that we should start to change the orientation of the society towards the LGBT Community. Stereotype thinking is one factor that can cause criticisms and discrimination.
GENDER EQUALITY OR GENDER JUSTICE? GOVERNMENTS’ FIRST ACTION
Gender Equality is different from Gender Justice, because gender equality focuses on the treatment and fairness that is being given to the LGBT community. While Gender Justice puts everyone to the right place because of the treatment they are giving to the society of LGBT. Chris Added that Gender equality and Gender Justice is a battle,that is still on going. But gender equality is achievable but it will take time.
Hindi mag kakaroon ng pantay pantay sa ating lipunan kung walang hustisya ang bawat isa, kailangan unahin yung gender justice para magkaroon ng tamang impormasyon sa pag kilala sa Homosexual people.
With Gender Justice there will be a clear orientation about what is the true image of the LGBT Community. Making Gender Equality and Justice happen is not that easy because Equality takes a lot of process, same with Gender Justice we must work hand in hand to end Discrimination and to serve justice for the LGBT Community. We must make thekm understand what is Homosexuality.
You must hand justice first before equality.
We have to start simple and little ways on what is homosexuality and its personality. We must give them justice on what is their stand and their image to the society. We must inform them the truth about what mostly LGBT is.
BEFORE GENDER EQUALITY THERE MUST BE GENDER JUSTICE
INDONESIA’S EXPERIENCE in LGBT DISCRIMINATION
According to http://www.hrw.org the current president of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo was called a reformist, but Indonesians find it different the way he rules his country.
They spoke with activists who opened organizations in the 1980s who had very few problems over the past three decades. There had been sporadic outbursts here, usually from the occasional militant Islamist group harassing or attacking an event. The police would show up and make sure no one was hurt, although they generally didn’t investigate further—and in most cases they encouraged the LGBT activists gathered to shut down the event. But the statements by top-level officials opened up a new level of hate against LGBT people. It’s now easy for anyone – a moderate Muslim group, a militant group, a politician hoping to be elected – to slur this group and gain popularity.
The website also interviewed a 64-year-old transgender woman who had lived in one neighborhood all her life. Her neighbors and family all used her female name after she transitioned in her 20s. They respected her. But in March for the first time in her life, she would walk down the street – the same street she walked down for 64 years – and young kids in their school uniforms would yell “LGBT, LGBT, LGBT!” at her. She said she was both amused and horrified. Amused because the kids had no idea what those letters meant. And horrified, because the young people had absorbed the message of the public hate campaign so quickly. She never felt hated or despised before—this was a very new feeling for her as an Indonesian.
Huma rights watch spoke with university students who had eaten at the same noodle stand for years, but who recently began hearing people saying words like “lesbian” and pointing at them. And they were scared. Not that they thought the people whispering or taunting them would pull out a knife. But they were worried that, if the government really turned against LGBT people, they couldn’t rely on classmates, neighbors and even families to defend them. It was a deep sense of isolation and foreboding—that if things took a turn for the worse, there was zero support network backing them up.
Also, starting in 2008, a transgender woman built a boarding school and mosque for other transgender women. It was a beacon of hope, and was celebrated by Muslim clerics in Yogyakarta. The school had good government relationships and a meaningful community relationships. During this crackdown, military, police, and militant Islamisists showed up and shut her down.
Indonesia’s government is very decentralized and there are thousands of regional laws, some of which are written in the name of the Islamic Sharia and also anti-LGBT. But Indonesia’s home affairs minister has the power to roll back regional bylaws.
According to the article Indonesia’s situation about LGBT discrimination is being left behind, because other countries like Thailand had successfully passed non- discrimination law. Moreover, The Philippines also issued a detailed and explicit LGBT non-discrimination policy for all mental-health professionals. Great progress for LGBT rights has been seen in Japan, Nepal, and India.
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LGBT discrimination inside the country
Philippines has the worst records of killing and abusing trans community. 29 transgender were killed last 2008, Philippines appears to be one of the liberal ASEAN countries. But back in 2009 the Philippines lifted a ban that had prevented openly gay and bisexual men and women from serving in the military.
According to Ging Cristobal, a Manila-based activist there is only tolerance and no accpetance in the LGBT community.
LGBT activists in the Philippines says that their number one priority is to take action about the anti-discrimination law through out the country.
According to Cristobal, the lack of legal protections for LGBT persons “greatly affects our day to day lives.
Cristobal said that discrimination and not serving justice limits our opportunities for better employment, and access to better education and housing. Access to healthcare is also a concern, as most medical practitioners are ill-equipped and uneducated when it comes to the care and support of LGBT patients. Resources for, and access to HIV testing, and related services, is also limited.
According to Cristobal, LGBT community do not want sympathy or any special rights but to respect them and treat them equally.
I believe that we have to make sure the anti-discrimination law is set in place before we seek other LGBT laws – Cristobal, Anti- LGBT Discrimination activist
Ferdie Mendoza, a gay activist of the group Kapederasyon, said the US same-sex marriage victory would be “an empty victory” in the Philippine setting because LGBT-oppressive/exploitative socio-economic and political structures remain in place.
“Just imagine, okay ka na ngang magpakasal, pero humiliated and denied entry ka pa rin sa mga clubs; subjected to discrimination; at biktima ka pa rin ng tumitinding hate crimes. Or walang trabaho, gutom ka pa,” – Mendoza, Gay activist at Kapederasyon
According to Chef Giney Villar a Lesbian activist, same sex marriage and the equal treatment towards the LGBT community will be difficult to pass in the near future. He added that in order to succeed LGBT equality and justice is to lay a foundation that would serve as the first step towards acceptance and justice.
“The foundation must be put in place. That and a continuing education on gender, sexuality and human rights to put this matter in perspective,” – Villar, Lesbian Activist
“Perhaps, our legislators, instead of downplaying the significance of an anti-discrimination law might want to go back to basic principles of human rights–that all rights are interconnected and that every human born is entitled to her/his rights.” – Villar
LGBT activist, Chris Salvatierra, added that there is a refusal to accept the reality of hate crimes against LGBT.
“There is a need for the state to protect the LGBTs, no matter how small or insignificant our numbers may be perceived,” said Salvatierra. “The simple, fundamental fact is, that we have the right to equal protection under the law.” – Salvatierra, LGBT activist
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PEOPLE I INTERVIEWED