‘How hard is it to be seen as human?’

Stanley Guevarra
‘How hard is it to be seen as human?’
How do we truly foster acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community?

MANILA, Philippines – The LGBTQ+ community’s fight for acceptance is a continuing struggle.

On Saturday, June 15, MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, held its 3rd weekly online conversation for Pride Month, asking readers to describe what real acceptance is for the LGBTQ+ community. (READ: ‘Celebration, freedom, and equality:’ Netizens speak up about pride)

‘We are equals’

To treat people as equals is to recognize that they are persons who deserve the same rights just as anyone else.

Twitter user CJ Dominguiano says it begins with perceiving LGBTQ+ members as equals. This was echoed by Alyssa Alvarez, who said acceptance begins when we see one another as human beings. 


UPLB Babaylan, the main LGBT organization of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, and individuals Toby and Roentgen tweeted about true acceptance coming hand in hand with with rights.


Other netizens took things further by differentiating “tolerance” and “acceptance”. Russel Patina stressed that tolerance actually denies the LGBTQ+ community of their rights.


For Twitter user @fxndesu, acceptance is easier when people are educated.


Marc Martinez highlighted how acceptance must also entail action, or “walking the talk.”


Members of the LGBTQ+ community have been struggling to fit into a society where institutions are biased towards heteronormative policies and cultures. (READ: [Dash of SAS] Tolerance isn’t acceptance, charity isn’t governance

To this day, many LGBTQ+ Filipinos still experience discrimination in various forms. Even a measure such as the Anti-discrimination Bill was debated over for 3 years only to go back to square one when the Congress failed to pass it. (READ: ‘Tolerated, but not accepted’: Filipino LGBTQ+ speak up vs discrimination)

Below are highlights from the conversation:

How do you think can we strive for real acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community? – Rappler.com


Stanley Guevarra is a Rappler intern and an incoming AB Literature major at Ateneo de Manila University.

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