LGBTs in gay pride parade seek passage of Anti-Discrimination Bill
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBTs) pushed for the enactment of the Anti-Discrimination Bill during the recent gay pride parade in Quezon City. According to ABS-CBNNews.com, the group called for protection against discrimination at work and school, among others.
"We are in the streets because we want to declare that we exist and to ask for compassion and sympathy. We are marginalized, and we are seeking a quality life," said Rica Paras, Pinoy Big Brother graduate and vice president of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines.
Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño told ABS-CBNNews.com, "The Anti-Discrimination Bill has been stalled in the past... But, as we have seen tonight, the LGBT community and their supporters are growing in size. I think that, eventually, we will reach a critical mass for legislators to reconsider their earlier positions against any bill respecting the rights of the LGBTs."
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista told ABS-CBNNews.com, "Businesses need (LGBTs) because they are talented people. Most, if not all, of the businesses here (on Tomas Morato Street) have policies on non-discrimination."
Meanwhile, a TV Patrol World report showed a group identified as the "Concerned Christian Group" denouncing the parade and its participants, saying God is not pleased with what the LGBTs are doing.
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