Senate Of The Philippines, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity And Expression, Sogıe, Lgbtq+ Community

Senate Of The Philippines, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity And Expression

‘Why not just Homo sapiens?’: Senators confused by LGBTQ+, SOGIE

'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III

8/14/2019 2:30:00 PM

'Why not just homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Updated 7:20 PM, August 14, 2019CONFOUNDED. Senate President Tito Sotto III suggests for one label for all: homo sapiens. Photo by Angie de Silva/RapplerMANILA, Philippines – As the discussion on SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) got reignited after a new case of discrimination caught the nation’s attention, some Senators found themselves lost with questions.

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On Wednesday, August 14, Senatordelivered a privilege speech renewing her call for Congress to pass the SOGIE equality bill, which provides for the protection of the LGBTQ+ community.Hontiveros delivered the message just a day after transgender womanGretchen Custodio Diez

was rejected by a janitress from using a mall bathroom in Cubao, Quezon City. When she tried to document the harassment, the janitress had her arrested.Public outrage eventually pushed the janitress to drop the charges and to apologize for her mistreatment. Diez, meanwhile, vowed to continue to fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ members.

Hontiveros’ speech immediately received express support from Senators Imee Marcos and Bong Go during the session.Then, the other male senators stepped in.Basics with PimentelKoko Pimenteltook his turn at the pedestal and asked: “The good senator used the term trans woman. May we know what exactly that is?”

Pimentel’s question marked the beginning of some 35 minutes of back-and-forth between Hontiveros and male senators who were confounded on the gender and sexuality concepts.Pimentel followed up: “Is that different from trans gender?”As Hontiveros explained, transsexuals is a “subset” of transgenders—transgenders are people who do not identify themselves with their assigned gender or sex at birth. Transsexuals are transgenders who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to feel more themselves. (

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE)Pimentel then asked whether transgenders would “need to look something or someway” before they are recognized. Hontiveros said they do not.CRASH COURSE. Senator Risa Hontiveros explains the basics of LGBT and SOGIE to fellow senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson’s fearFormer police chief and now Senator Panfilo Lacson posed a problem as a follow-up to Pimentel’s inquiry.“I see a little danger here. What if a straight male person who is simply voyeuristic would enter the ladies room with another intention?” Lacson asked.

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Hontiveros replied: “That would be dangerous if that were a common occurrence.”Hontiveros explained that men with voyeuristic intentions would usually come as themselves and enter women’s bathrooms without the effort of crossdressing to enter. (READ:The many faces of sexual harassment in PH

)“They just enter as themselves, dressing in their everyday garb. They don’t need to pretend,” Hontiveros said.Lacson then said in jest, “I’m just thinking of Senator Recto," eliciting some chuckles in the session hall.Sotto, Gordon confoundedWith the discussion heating up, Senate President Vicente Sotto III joined in with his own questions.

“Why that lengthy letters? Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same. Why do we have to segregate the gays from the lesbians from the straight guys?” Sotto asked with eyebrows furrowed.Hontiveros explained to the Senate President that his proposal could have been sound if societies had not developed with inequality and thus the widespread use of labels to differentiate straight people from the “queers.”

“Kaya lang po, hindi ganoon ang nangyayari(But that is not the case we live in),” Hontiveros said.With the discussion showing confusion among them, SenatorRichard Gordonstarted his turn remarking that “it’s kinda getting difficult to live in the world today because we’re making adjustment.”

Hontiveros replied: “If the good and very kind gentlemean from Zambales thinks that it’s getting more and more dificult to live in the wolrd, speaking as a man, you should try living in this world as a woman. You should try living in this world as an LGBT person.”

In-between the questions, Senator Pimentel said that it was only a “preview” of their discussions for the SOGIE equality bill. Afterthe proposed legislation languished in the past Congress, Hontiveros refiled the Senate bill for the 18th Congress.“Kasi, malabo pa eh. Hindi pa ganoon kaklaro ang konsepto, ang mga rules (It’s still confusing. The concepts are still not clear, the rules). So may this be a learning experience for all of us,” he said.

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Nag PEPSI ka na ba? Ang alam ko meron non sa may PALOMA e tas masarap sya inumin habang pinapakinggan yung SPOLARIUM. 😊 Why not homo erectus? Sarap lumaklak ng Pepsi!!! PA VOID PLEAAASSEEEE sotto_tito just so you know sir. We are not the same. I am honest but fabulous. You are a senator, macho, and an idiot na mahilig kumopya.

Nakalanghap na naman ng nonsense to😂 mayfairwitch127 hindi nya tayo binigo. Hahahaha! Consistent sya e. Talagang simpleton bobo tito sotto Why do we have Coke as well as Pepsi? Pa-smart Alec si Sen. 👎🏻 Puede bang ibalik nalang ito sa circus o sa perya? He beat his own 'the fishes could come from China' 🤣 Stupid says what stupid is. senatePH

No, we're not the same. Because I use the brain God gave me. Sen. Sotto will be more confused when before his terms ends he will be made to address some members of Congress as 'congresstranswoman' or 'congresstransman,' plus, etc. Homodedestupido tingin ninyo nag-evolve na isang ito from neanderthal? o amoeba pa rin ang gago!

What?! Please shut your mouth If you have nothing good to say! Pastilan! Murag na buang na si Senator Sotto! Ay tonto si sen. Divide and divide thats what these sjws want. Diversity is their strength lol Toungena Saan na naman nya na plagiarize to? BWAHAHAHA! COLLOQUIAL KASI IYANG MGA LGBTQ! HUWAG KAYONG MANGULO SA MUNDO!

I don't want whatever substance this person is on Maka homo sapiens naman si Senator Sotto. Isa ngang Knock Knock dyan o kaya Use homo sapiens in a sentence..🤔 Term lang ng mga scientist iyan. Baka mamaya mapunta yan sa mga super homo sapiens.. Pare-pareho nga tayong tao pero hindi niyo naman binibigyan ang mga marginalized sector ng mga karapatang kayo lang ang nakatatamasa

Kami nga takang taka bakit naging senador at naging sp pa si sotto risahontiveros. Good job senator risahontiveros. Isipin mo mga senador na gaya ni gordon mukhang di educated tungkol sa lgbt so napakalaking hamon ito. Frustrating but unfortunately part of the process. Understanding equality is challenging to those in positions of power (not just politically)

Basta ako bet ko ang Homo Erected 😂😂😂 lalo kapag Daks Ako din confused kung Bakit naging Senator ka 🙄👎🏻 Mag eat bulaga ka na lang mas bagay ka doon😁 🤣 Tatak Tito Sotto yan mga ganyan banat! You are a homocopy. Senate president agree

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