‘Tolerated, but not accepted’: Filipino LGBTQ+ speak up vs discrimination

Bonz Magsambol
‘Tolerated, but not accepted’: Filipino LGBTQ+ speak up vs discrimination
Abandonment and being neglected by family members are typical narratives for the LGBTQ+

MANILA, Philippines – The Filpino LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community’s struggle for acceptance is far from over. (READ: The long road to an LGBT anti-discrimination law)

On Saturday, June 8, MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, conducted the second online conversation for Pride Month, asking the LGBTQ+ community to recount times when they were discriminated against for their gender. 

‘Always be a failure’

Abandonment and being neglected by family members are typical narratives for the LGBTQ+.

Getting judged for being gay is hard. But it was even harder for Jeyd, since this judgment came from his own family. He wrote that he wanted to explore his gender fluidity, but his family shut him down.

“Matalino ka pa naman. Gusto mo nilalait-lait ka,” Jeyd recalled on Twitter. (To think that you’re smart, but you want to be disrespected.)

 

Coming out as part of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t easy under any circumstance. But it’s extra difficult for those who are afraid of how their family would react.

 

Nothing is more painful than being discriminated against by people you thought had your back. HannJhey tweeted about his struggle with his parents.

 

Twitter users Sean Josh and Cherl shared that they were discriminated against for being effeminate gays. Sean said he was mocked whenever he watched Barbie movies and sang in a soft voice.

 

Numbers-wise, MovePH’s conversation garnered over 1,600 tweets, with participants using hashtags #PHPride2019 and #ResistTogether. 

 

Words such as as “acceptance,” “nakakadiri” (gross), “equality,” “pass,” and “anti-discrimination” were the most used.

“Pass” and “anti-discrimination” were associated with the anti-discrimination bill, which aimed to ban any discriminatory practices on the basis of one’s “sexual orientation or gender identity.” The 17th Congress failed to pass this bill. (READ: [OPINION] Life without bullies? Why Senate must pass anti-discrimination bill)

Here are more accounts from the conversation:

How do you think society could better treat the LGBTQ+ community? – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.