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Our deepest gratitude January 4, 2007

Posted by lagablab in general.

2006, for many of us, was a year of daunting challenges. The political situation was grim, civil liberties were being curtailed, and our political institutions faced a crisis of credibility and legitimacy. Economically, whatever growth that was happening did not produce enough jobs. That many of our members started working in call centers, which are notorious for their graveyard shifts, made even the possibility of organizing meetings and activities harder. For us in LAGABLAB, the whole scenario made our work more difficult: in a situation where democracy is threatened, pushing for a human rights agenda, especially LGBT rights, is all the more difficult.

Yet 2006 was also a year of small victories. We were able to pressure the Senate to hold a committee hearing on the anti-discrimination bills pending before the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, a first in Philippine LGBT history. The community also stood up against a restaurant that wanted to stifle our diversity and our rights. Last month, despite logistical difficulties, the Filipino LGBT successfully celebrated the 2006 Pride March in Manila City, which happens to be the ‘turf’ of a homophobic congressman who kept on blocking the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives.

Indeed, despite the challenges, the LGBT community and its allies have proven anew that solidarity and imagination can triumph over hatred and stigma. For those who helped achieve these gains, LAGABLAB is truly and deeply grateful. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!

Join the 2006 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March November 28, 2006

Posted by lagablab in Anti-Discrimination Bill, campaigns, LGBT News.

The Task Force Pride, the official organizing network of the annual Manila Pride March, is inviting everyone to join the 2006 LGBT Pride March, which will take place in Manila City on December 9, 2006. (more…)

House human rights chair: Anti-Discrimination Bill to invite wrath of God November 22, 2006

Posted by lagablab in Anti-Discrimination Bill, campaigns, Discrimination, gay discrimination, gay rights, in the news, lagablab alert!.

A battle to pass a human rights measure penalizing discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders is raging in the House of Representatives, where the incumbent Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights, Rep. Bienvenido Abante (6th Distict, Manila City), is ironically blocking the bill’s passage. In a controversial speech delivered last Monday, Rep. Abante, who is also a Baptist pastor, charged that the enactment of the bill would invite the wrath of God and would mean “death to the most cherished Filipino values of Godliness and moral rectitude.” (more…)

Rep. Abante did it again! November 17, 2006

Posted by lagablab in Anti-Discrimination Bill, Discrimination, gay discrimination, gay rights, gay rights Philippines, in the news, lagablab alert!, LGBT News.

In the House of Representatives, Rep. Bienvenido Abante (6th District, Manila City), the Chairperson of the Committee on Civil, Political and Human Rights, blocked anew the passage of HB 634, or the Anti-Discrimination Bill, following the sponsorship speech made by AKBAYAN Rep. Etta Rosales. (more…)

Deny Aruba’s motion to dismiss, court appealed November 15, 2006

Posted by lagablab in campaigns, Discrimination, gay rights, lagablab alert!.
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alert.jpgInday Garutay’s lawyer and AKBAYAN counsel Atty. Jae dela Cruz asked the Pasig City Regional Trial Court to deny Ban Goza’s motion to dismiss because it is “bereft of merit.” (more…)