(SPOT.ph) The recent barring of transgender woman Gretchen Diez from trying to pee where she wanted to (a ladies' restroom, BTW) and her subsequent arrest has reignited the call for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill. Discussions have been rekindled, especially where it matters most: the legislative body. Solons have discussed the issue but the actual bill wasn't the main topic, it seems: There was quite the confusion on what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ was for.
Those letters, which stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual plus a myriad of other inclusions, inspired an idea from Senate President Tito Sotto. "Why that lengthy letters? Why not just 'homo sapiens?' We are all the same," said Sotto, according to a report on CNN Philippines. "Why do we have to segregate the gays from the lesbians from the straight guys?" he added.
But as Senator Risa Hontiveros—who refiled the SOGIE Equality Bill in the 18th Congress—was quick to point out in reply, "Hindi po sana kailangang 'mag-segregate' kung 'yong human civilization natin at mga societies natin—pati Philippine society—nag-evolve to the point na walang diskriminasyon, may equality among all regardless of identity and expression. Kaya lang po hindi ganoon ang nangyayari," said Hontiveros.
Sotto's remark also highlighted how differently people perceived the issue. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Locsin commented that Sotto's remark proved he had the "most sapience," which is why he should be "Senate President for life," in his opinion.
this strange new world.