Saturday, May 17, 2014

Philippines: Study finds increased LGBT tolerance but abuse persists

A study, funded by the United Nations Development Programme and the US Agency for International Development, released on May 12 has found that queer people are increasingly being either tolerated or accepted in the Philippines, but hate crimes remain a pervasive problem.

While same-sex sexual relations aren't illegal in the Philippines, only some large cities have instituted legal protections to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Similar legislation on the national level has been blocked by the Catholic church. Unfortunately, same-sex marriage isn't permitted and same-sex couples cannot adopt children. Gay people can be discharged from the military.

Transgender people cannot change their identity, first name, or sex.

An informal survey of 700 LGBT Filipinos found that one out of 10 respondents had been a victim of violence or abuse, particularly at home by parents.

The report also stated that queer Filipinos experience discrimination, harassment, and abuse in the workplace.

The report lists 51 recommendations related to LGBT rights in the areas of education, health, employment, family affairs, religion, community, media, and politics.

This country report is part of a much more expansive project called Being LGBT in Asia. The study will focus on LGBT people in eight countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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