Several Anti-Discrimination Bills were re-filed this 17th Congress by tireless champions and LGBT allies in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Here’s a snapshot of the bills and what you need to know about them:
- The Anti-Discrimination bill was first filed during the 11th Congress by then Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales in the House of Representatives and by Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the Senate, which means that this initiative has been pending in Congress for 17 years now. The bill itself was a direct policy proposal from the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network or LAGABLAB, the first LGBT policy advocacy network in the Philippines, as a response to LGBT-related bills filed by some legislators that did not necessarily reflect the priorities of the community. LAGABLAB was recently revived as a community platform to advance SOGIE and human rights in the area of policies and legislation.