By Marisol Bo-oc| 10:23 PM June 09, 2022

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday defended a transgender blogger who had been discriminated against when her microphones and lights were shut while she was making a speech during a graduation ceremony in Dasmariñas, Cavite recently.

CHR Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights Center did not mention who the transgender blogger was, but pro-administration and self-proclaimed international relations expert Sass Rogando Sasot was recently reported to having been subjected to discrimination during the graduation rites of the Southern Philippines Institute of Science & Technology, which was held at the Church of God auditorium in Dasmarinas City.

CHR stressed that LGBTQI rights are human rights — and that they should be respected.

“As the country celebrates Pride Month, the Commission as Gender Ombud takes the occasion to reiterate that all persons are born equal in dignity and rights. A persons’ sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression should never be the basis of stigma and discrimination, ” the statement said.

Sasot and Church of God, a religious group, earned some buzz on social media over the weekend.

It happened during the graduation ceremony of Southern Philippines Institute of Science and Technology (SPIST) on Friday afternoon, June 3.

Lights and microphones were turned off and statements were issued justifying a policy of excluding members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community as they would desecrate the church’s spaces.

“While the Commission recognizes the right of religious freedom, we would like to take the occasion to emphasize the dangers of stigma and discrimination and the risk posed by narratives that cast vulnerable groups as ‘others’ and as ‘unacceptable.’ Such language feeds hate; reinforces existing inequality and bias; and, can further promote acts of discrimination,” CHR said.

” The Commission takes the occasion to reiterate that LGBTQI rights are human rights, and calls upon religious organizations to uphold core principles of non-discrimination,” CHR said.

By Bohol Island News

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