In the Philippines, Gay People Shot in Drive-By

Philippine women’s empowerment organization Kaisa Ka (Unity of Women for Freedom) reports that gay men in Cebu City (the second largest city in the Philippines) have been attacked by pellet guns by men in moving vehicles.

The exact number of victims is unknown and none of the perpetrators have been found.

In August, the Philippine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Hate Watch project reported that hate crimes, including murder, of LGBT people are rising.

In Baguio, north of Manila, the Catholic Church has been accused of stirring up harassment of local LGBT people after reports that gay people had ‘married.’

Kaisa Ka said that, according to LGBT activists in Cebu City, unreported attacks have been numerous and ongoing. They said that the men were attacked “simply for displaying a light femininity.”

Following the attacks, Professor Danton Remoto, founder and chairperson emeritus of the Ladlad party-list, visited Cebu to condemn the hate crimes.

Talk show host Boy Abunda, senior party adviser of Ladlad, said there’s still “a long way to go” in the fight for LBGT rights.

“We personally came to Cebu to ask our Cebuano brothers to put an end to this kind of hate crime. Please stop hurting people,” Abunda said.

The party adviser also asked the police to consider attacks with pellet guns as a crime equal to attacks inflicted with deadly weapons.

Philippine LGBT groups have submitted a scathing report to the UN Human Rights Council of different abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the country since 2007.

The Aquino government faces the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Council in May 2012.

The report singles out the persistent failure of an Anti-Discrimination Bill in Congress and the Philippines lack of support for the resolution against anti-LGBT violence in the United Nations General Assembly last year.

The report also cites the lack of any right for transgender people to have their identities respected in birth and travel documents.

Reighben Labilles of the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch highlighted the long string of murders and violence committed against LGBT Filipinos and the lack of comprehensive action of the Philippine National Police to solve these crimes.

Germaine Trittle Leonin, founding president of R-Rights, said the LGBT civil society report also aired the gross lack of health care services to the sector. The report lamented the tragedy that intersexed Filipino infants face later in life when their true sexuality comes in conflict with the sex that midwives and doctors assign to them. Also included in the shopping list of medical horrors is the infamous video scandal inflicted by a government hospital in Cebu on a gay patient.

The ProGay zeroed in on the discrimination suffered by LGBT students in schools and lesbian workers in farms and factories.


Related stories:

One Trans Person Is Murdered Every Other Day

No, Philippine President Does NOT Support Gay Marriage

Philippines Urged to Investigate Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

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Christopher C.
Chris C6 years ago

Mitch, Steve R is beyond that. He's a total waste of good air on this planet!

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

The pendulum is swinging back to the right with frightening speed, anger and violence. Please speak out Beth, tell your friends, write to the President of the Philippines, The Honorable Benigno Aquino III. The address is:
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Fax: 63 2 736 1010

the site I found this on says: Physical letters have the greatest impact. US postage to the Philippines is 98 cents.

I hope it helps.

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

Another horror story concerning GLBT people. It's tearing me up.

Wayne M.
Wayne M6 years ago

For those who believe the fight for LGBT equality is a trivial matter compared to other problems, reread this article. As long as the rights and dignity of one group can be denied the rights and dignity of all people will be denied.

And having the most perfect economy in the world with low inflation and unemployment rates or few energy problems cannot hide the fact that when human rights of any minority are denied, then all people will live in fear.

To Steve R.: Fine. Play it safe and hide in the closet, living in fear. Are you also saying that Christians in Iran and Saudi Arabia should play it safe and pretend to be Muslims? NO! NO! NO! As a Gay man and as a Christian, I want to be out and open AND HONEST about who I am. Anything else only furthers discrimination and a climate of fear.

Mitch D.
Mitch D6 years ago

Steve R- you truly are a horrid and evil person!

Steve R.
Steve R6 years ago

Another country where it seems that gays would be prudent to play it safe!

Don't you agree Paul?

Or perhaps the "cause" needs many martyrs along the way?

I love the way that gay rights activists in nice safe liberal countries encourage gays in "gay war zones" to fight for their rights!

Why not go help them Paul - instead of sitting in your safe little haven crying shock and horror at the outrage and encouraging them to put themselves in further danger?

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Very sad and disturbing.

Hannah S.
Hannah Short6 years ago

i shall prey and ask the spirits for protection of them

John M.
John Mccarthy6 years ago

We weep in our hearts.

Bob P.

thanks for the info