Schools should be safe places for everyone. But in the Philippines, students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT too often find that their schooling experience is marred by bullying, discrimination, lack of access to LGBT-related information, and in some cases, physical or sexual assault. In recent years, lawmakers and school administrators in the Philippines have recognized that bullying of LGBT youth is a serious problem, and designed interventions to address it. In , the Department of Education DepEd , which oversees primary and secondary schools, enacted a Child Protection Policy designed to address bullying and discrimination in schools, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The following year, Congress passed the Anti-Bullying Law of , with implementing rules and regulations that enumerate sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds for bullying and harassment. The adoption of these policies sends a strong signal that bullying and discrimination are unacceptable and should not be tolerated in educational institutions. But these policies, while strong on paper, have not been adequately enforced.
Discrimination of gays and lesbians: a social justice perspective.
Discrimination Against LGBT Students in the Philippines | HRW
Jump to navigation. Respondents were asked, "In your opinion, in the United States today, how much discrimination is there against gays and lesbians? First, respondents were asked whether they consider themselves to be a Democrats, Republicans, independents, other, or not sure. Those who responded that they are independents or "other" were then asked if they lean toward either the Democrats or Republicans. If they indicated that they lean toward one party or the other, they are considered Democrats or Republicans for the purposes of this figure. Only "pure" independents or members of a third party who indicate that they have no preference for Democrats vis-a-vis Republicans are considered independents. Respondents who answered that they are "not sure" for either of the two aforementioned questions are not incorporated into this figure.
An additional difficulty is the invisibility imposed upon lesbians and gay men, and our relationships. Lesbian and gay history has been obscured through the active erasure of historical references to lesbianism and homosexuality. Lesbian and gay male invisibility is maintained by the pressures which force many lesbians and gay men to conceal our sexual identities, pressures such as the threat of discrimination, harassment and violence. The enforced invisibility of lesbian and gay male sexualities and relationships contributes to the normalization of heterosexuality and heterosexual relationships, and fuels the popular misconception that heterosexuality is natural and normal, whereas lesbianism and homosexuality are deviant and perverse.
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