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Philippine celebrities have been coming out in support of LGBT rights as a bill to yQ(O6QSZdxhN0uPWtMDI*Kf11K!A%([email protected]protect rights continues to stall in the nation's congress.

A long-awaited bill that would criminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE) is one of the slowest-moving bills in the nation's history.

Senator Risa Hontiveros filed the bill in 2016. And, lawmakehnAZJjSVip*ta9GevokN)zp%[email protected]rs and rights activist originally drafted the law nearly 20 years ago.

The House of Representatives passed the bill in 201iHsNb(N2hsz0S()F-8sOrD!*ZAENQV)[email protected])[email protected]7 with unanimous support from 198 lawmakers.

This version penalizes discriminatory acts with a fine between US$2,000 and or US$10,000 imprisonment between one and six years.

But, conservative lawmakers, including anti-LGBTI boxer Manny PacqM)smwJCk3dZ_0)mBirL&LhSgfwo7qkND*JiatPPd%0c70_5(Hbuiao, have stalled it in the Senate.

Actress, TV host, and renowned socialite Heart b*MO#+pjcaYjp6yD%i+4Fk)MKBprJGVaot$F%CB5E3k^Lr#S$#Evangelista took to Instagram to support the bill, saying "Equality is everything".

 

Flipino-Australian actress, model, television host Anne Co8Ms*&#Y7G4LTag#lglNOja^Zl*oEeGYf8mfB+Ma5YcW(oTG68urtis-Smith-Heussaff said "It breaks my heart and saddens me that people are so against the passing of the bill when in fact, it all boils down to equal rights as HUMAN BEINGS" in an Instagram post.

Angelina Mead King, a transgwPlnn)4L3)nwB9fqAo^!va9UvDGNi$+z^[email protected]$!kEjTbender businessperson and wife of TV personality Joey Mead King, said: "The bill, once passed into law, ensures equal access of everyone to social services, education, and employment."

Model and beauty-pageant winner Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, meanwhile, said "very effort creates ripples of positive change that we need to finally stop stigma and discrimination (both external and within the community itself)" and shared an image explaining the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation.

 

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?