Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has joined the LGBTQ community across the country in its celebration of Pride Month as she assured them that she is one with them in their fight for equality and in the unhampered exercise of their rights.
“Kaisa tayo ng LGBTQ community sa pagdiriwang ng Pride Month na siyang sumisimbulo sa kanilang karapatan at kalayaang makapamuhay nang maayos at malayo sa anumang banta,” said De Lima, a known champion of social justice and human rights.
“Kasama rin nila ako sa kanilang laban para sa pantay na pagtrato ng lipunan at malayang paggamit ng kanilang mga karapatan,” she added.
De Lima, chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, also acknowledged the crucial role the LGBTQ community plays in different fields that helps boost the development of the country and create a more productive and compassionate society.
“Mahalaga ang papel na ginagampanan ng sektor ng LGBTQ at hindi matatawaran ang kanilang kontribusyon sa pag-unlad ng bansa at ng ating lipunan,” pointed out De Lima, whose two siblings belong to the LGBTQ community.
The lady Senator from Bicol has vowed to push for the immediate passage into law this coming 18th Congress of the long-pending anti-discrimination bill that will help fortify LGBTQ rights in the country.
De Lima was a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE). However, the measure failed to gain ground in the previous 17th Congress.
She also co-authored the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act, principally authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, which recently lapsed into law after Mr. Duterte failed to act on the Senate-House bicameral conference committee report ratified in February. Recently, De Lima slammed Tarlac State University for preventing several transgender students from wearing dresses during graduation.