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Wired!!! June 29, 2006

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LAGABLAB got wired last April. Many thanks to Ryan Schlief, head of Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia team, worked hard to feature LAGABLAB in AI’s monthly newsletter, The Wire. The article also has a photo by LEAP’s Ging Cristobal of the 2005 LGBT Freedom March, which was held in a new venue (Plaza Miranda) last December.

Below is the article:

Trailblazing activism across the Philippines

Fittingly for an activist organization, LAGABLAB means “blaze” in Tagalog, one of the Philippines’ major languages.

Established in 1999, LAGABLAB, the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network, is a broad network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations and allies working primarily through legislative lobbying towards achieving a society free from all forms of discrimination, particularly those based on gender and sexual orientation.

Angie Umbac, a member of LAGABLAB, says, “Although Philippine laws do not explicitly prohibit homosexuality in the country, the LGBT community does not enjoy legal equality with heterosexuals and it continues to experience high levels of discrimination, harassment and violence. Effective lobbying for LGBT rights is needed for the voice of the LGBT community to be heard in the legislative process.”

The Executive Director of AI Philippines, Jessica Soto, explains, “Discrimination against the LGBT community in the Philippines can be characterized as institutionalized as many institutions, like religious organizations and government agencies, which are supposed to provide sanctuary and protection, are unwilling or incapable of protecting LGBT people, and sometimes are even the purveyors and perpetrators of the discrimination.”

Read the rest of the article in Amnesty’s The Wire

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