Philippine celebrities have been coming out in support of LGBT rights as a billoOwb4ke=t1#100)f0#[email protected]$8yl$y(xPFyV*De)H(&m to 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#RWYCfC3$Ef%btB_=XUqOZD5F8M+^lu-E%[email protected]*o% Risa Hontiveros filed the bill in 2016. And, lawmakers and rights activist originally drafted the law nearly 20 years ago.
The House of Representatives passed tOU^2F#*XXAl9AW)m%58rnx-0comR+eCrW6LNF(_kfNOnA5mvhVhe bill in 2017 with unanimous support from 198 lawmakers.
This version penalizes discriminatory acts with a fine between US$2,000 and or US$10,000 imprisonment between one and six years.
But, conserZCG&ScjKoWvfr337UPA_Fq1JQO7!8ay=3Qn4E+Ps$NiLCAjg%gvative lawmakers, including anti-LGBTI boxer Manny Pacquiao, have stalled it in the Senate.
Actress, TV host, and renowned socialite Heart Evangelista took s-#Yf8QS*tW4+MyxZzi7he!)G&yHV*e1qvEHFX&x&DBMi&BGBjto Instagram to support the bill, saying "Equality is everything".
Flipino-Australian actress, model, television host Anne Curtis-Smith-Heussaff said "dQIw!UPZ=MGyOi70ngrr7nwGIS(4i6KZN)S0XVFkZVtduKfKjwIt 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 transgender 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,eUh!#&xIr%[email protected]!tu(7(ySSB4K%FdBcs1phA=-Ynrc 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.