Casino Wants to Penalize Discrimination Based on Sex Orientation

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MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casino has filed House Bill No. 1483 seeking to penalize discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBTs). Known as the "Anti- Discrimination Act of 2010," the measure seeks to slap stiffer penalties against those who discriminate against LGBTs.Violators of the bill face a fine ranging from P250,000 to P500,000 or a penalty of imprisonment of up to six years, or both at the discretion of the court.Casino lamented that the rampant discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as manifested in prejudicial practices and policies has thumped on the rights of LGBTs to enjoy their basic rights and fundamental freedoms in schools, workplaces, commercial establishments, the civil service, and even the security services."LGBTs students are denied admission or expelled from schools due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Companies block the promotions and stymie the career advancement of gay or lesbians employees due to the deeply embedded notion that homosexuality denotes weakness. Laws such as the current anti-vagrancy law are also abused by the law enforcement agencies to harass gay men," Casino said.He urged the Aquino government to certify as urgent the passage of the bill, which defines discriminatory practice as denying access to public service, including military service, to any person on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. …