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Filipino senator faces backlash for blocking anti-gay discrimination

Senator Sotto has angered the gay community after he demanded to remove sexual orientation from a bill protecting minorities.

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2nd September 2012 00:38

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

A senator in the Philippines is facing a backlash from the gay community after he demanded to remove sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) from a bill protecting minorities.

The Progressive Organization of Gays (ProGay Philippines) protested reports that Sotto is working to remove SOGI protections from the proposed Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Anti-Religious Discrimination Act of 2011.

Senator Tito Sotto, was allegedly reported by Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat Jr., a member of the House of Representatives that crafted a version of the bill, will be reconciled with the senate version in a two chamber conference.   

Baguilat did not name any other senators who were supposedly opposed to SOGI.

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