Rep. Roman champions equality bill in congress

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 2 months ago

In a landmark move for LGBTQIA+ rights in the Philippines, Representative Geraldine Roman proudly announced the progress of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Equality Bill.

Roman, a trailblazer as the country’s first transgender congresswoman, took to social media to share the news and rally support. “RISE UP, EQUALITY CHAMPS!” Roman began her post on her official Facebook Page, celebrating the bill’s advancement to the plenary. “Nabigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na isulong sa plenaryo ang SOGIESC Equality Bill bilang pangunahing may-akda ng panukalang batas na ito. Isang karangalan ang kumatawan at tumindig kasama ang mga miyembro ng LGBTQIA+ Community sa Kongreso,” she declared.

The SOGIE Equality Bill aims to provide equal opportunities and protection under the law, particularly in employment and other essential areas of life, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. This legislation has been a long-standing issue in the Philippines, where LGBTQIA+ individuals often face discrimination and unequal treatment.

Roman’s announcement marks a significant step towards enacting this bill, which has seen numerous delays and opposition in past congressional sessions. Her commitment to the cause was evident as she stated, “Matapos ang mahabang panahon, we are one step closer to passing the SOGIESC Equality Bill sa mababang kapulungan.”

The congresswoman reaffirmed her unwavering dedication to fighting for equality, saying, “Hindi po ako mapapagod na ipaglaban ang #EqualityForAll. Ang ating SOGIESC Equality Bill ay magbibigay ng pantay-pantay na oportunidad sa trabaho at sa pagtingin sa mata ng batas.”

The post quickly garnered widespread support and praise from various sectors, especially within the LGBTQIA+ community and human rights advocates. Roman’s use of hashtags such as #SOGIEEqualityBill and #PambansangCongresswoman highlighted the national significance of this legislative effort and her role as a leading figure in the fight for equality.

As the bill progresses through the legislative process, its potential passage represents a hopeful turning point for LGBTQIA+ rights in the Philippines. If enacted, it will mark a major victory in the ongoing struggle for equal rights and protections for all Filipinos, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Rep. Geraldine Roman’s advocacy continues to inspire many, proving that persistent and passionate leadership can pave the way for a more inclusive and just society.

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