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ASEAN SOGIE Caucus highlights exclusion of LGBTs from ASEAN anti-violence declaration

in PHILIPPINES, 08/11/2013

Asian LGBT rights coalition the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGIE Caucus have expressed their disappointment that LGBT people were left out of two recently passed anti-violence declarations for the region.

Activists hoped that the ASEAN Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence Against Children could have included LGBT women and young people but sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) were left out of the declarations passed by delegates.

The group released a video 14 October hoping to highlight the plight of LGBTs in the region as part of a bigger ‘We are #ASEANtoo!’ social media campaign.

‘The ASEAN Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression Caucus (ASC) started this campaign because of the many challenges we faced in ensuring that the two declarations explicitly mentioned SOGIE,’ ASEAN SOGIE Caucus spokesperson Ron de Vera said, ‘Even with the help of our allies, we felt there was a high possibility that SOGIE would be dropped.’

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