MANILA, Philippines – Today, May 17, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). During IDAHO, the LGBT community and its supporters set up various activities to spread awareness on LGBT issues, LGBT rights, and hate crimes.
It’s been 12 years since the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classifications of Diseases in 1990, but a lot remains to be done.
Recently, LGBT issues were in the spotlight after US President Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to explicitly express his approval of gay marriages.
A week later, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao made headlines after he criticized Obama’s pro-same-sex marriage stand in an interview. The boxer has since denied it, quoting a Bible passage from Leviticus, but clarified that his stand against same-sex marriage remains unchanged.
All this discussion about LGBT issues has got Rappler thinking: Is the Philippines a homophobic nation? Tell us what you think! Leave us a comment on Facebook or tweet using the hashtag #PHhomophobia.
Here’s what our online community had to say: