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Bemz Benedito, LADLAD Party List First Nominee
Why LGBTs need political representation in the Philippines

in PHILIPPINES, 01/12/2012

The party-list system in the Philippines aims to give marginalized people a voice in government. LGBT people are certainly marginalized in the Catholic-dominated country - where transgender women are routinely denied service in restaurants and over-qualified gay men are denied jobs - but they are not represented in government.

The party-list system has beed in place for 14 years, but Ladlad (meaning ‘come out’) the only political party in the world dedicated solely to LGBT issues, were twice denied accreditation by the election commission. But now they are fully accredited and on track to win seats in next year’s congressional elections.

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