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Discrimination against LGBT now punishable in Cebu City

August 19, 2022 - Friday 5:08 PM by Ryan Louis Mantilla

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One step at a time. 

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed an ordinance to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community from discrimination, amplifying its fight for equality. 

Under Ordinance No. 2660, inflicting physical or emotional harm on someone's sexual orientation, including harassment, threats, or even jokes referring to one's gender identity, is now punishable with a fine of P3,000 to P5,000 and up to 3 to 6 months imprisonment. 

Along with the punishment, Rama advocated for establishing a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression, and Sex Characteristics Pride Empowerment Council (SPEC) to oversee community members' rights.

"I look forward to this because they deserve to be treated right," said Rama. 

Meanwhile, Senator Robin Padilla previously filed Senate Bill No. 449, or the proposed Civil Unions Act, a bill that aims to bring forth protection and recognition for same-sex couples.

"It is high time that the Philippines provides equal rights and recognition for couples of the same sex with no prejudice as to sexual relationships are protected and recognized and given access to basic social protection and security," the bill read.