Sen. Risa Hontiveros, a staunch defender of women’s rights and LGBT rights, reached out to Diez and met with her today to hear more of her side. The senator also recounted Diez’s experience in a privilege speech to stress the importance of the bill even more to her colleagues.
The incident is but one of many that show how we’re still in a society that only tolerates members of the LGBT community, not one which wholly accepts them. This situation is only but unique as it received virality on social media. But, in reality, the LGBT community faces similar experiences every day on various levels. There’s a need to wake up and make specific significant changes fast.
The bill seeks for it to be unlawful to “subject any person, natural or juridical, to profiling, detention, or verbal or physical harassment on the basis of SOGIE. Profiling, detention, or verbal or physical harassment on the basis of SOGIE by members of law enforcement agencies, including the military, police, immigration, is likewise prohibited.”