LGBT community members go caroling at CBCP office to protest discrimination

Interaksyon.com reports that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community went caroling in front of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) office in Intramuros, Manilaon Thursday, December 15.

Interaksyon.com reports that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community went caroling in front of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) office in Intramuros, Manilaon Thursday, December 15.

 

The report noted: "Dressed in green and red, the protesters, led by the LGBT organization Ladlad, gathered in front of the CBCP headquarters carrying a banner, which read ’All We Want for Christmas Is Our Human Rights.’"

 

The report cited writer Danton Remoto, Ladlad’s former chairperson, who said that through their Christmas carols, they were "protesting CBCP lawyer Jo Aurea Imbong’s attempt to ask for the removal of sexual orientation and gender identity from the list of punishable forms of discrimination under Senate Bill 2814 or the Anti-Ethnic or Racial Profiling and Discrimination Act of 2011."

 

Remoto pointed out: "Mali si Atty. Jo Imbong. Di naming pinili na maging LGBT. Ito ay natural, bahagi ng kalikasan. Hindi kami kaka-iba, di kami different people. Pilipino din kami. Taxpayers din kami" Remoto told reporters (Atty. Jo Imbong is wrong. We did not choose to become LGBT. This is natural. We’re not different, we are also Filipinos. We are also taxpayers)."

 

Current Ladlad chairperson Bemz Benedito added, "Matagal nang gusto naming makipag-dialogue sa kanila pero sa kanilang puso at isip, di lang pintuan ang sarado. Palagi nilang sinasabi kami ay makasalanan at mauuwi sa impyerno (We have long wanted to have a dialogue with them but their door is not the only one closed, their hearts and minds, too. They always say that we are sinners and that we will go to hell)."

 

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