The tears shed in this centuries-long fight for basic rights is not a sign of retreat nor settling for a compromise. The pain in this journey will not represent fear nor vulnerability; instead, it will signify as a battlecry, resilience and strength, that no matter how hard the world tries to push us down, we will always rise. And we will do it colorfully.
Human rights are fundamental and universal. But it’s never the reality.
The centuries-long fight for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus) community is something that is still relevant in today’s society. With the ongoing debate regarding SOGIE Bill and other policies which aim to provide the basic human rights to recognition and security for the LGBTQIA+ community, it is extremely relevant to evaluate and ponder upon the conversation that talks about the rights of the minority. It is funny to think that in this generation, gay people still have to strive to live and be recognized as humans. In a world where people can ignore religion just to elect an alleged killer as a leader but overwhelmingly use it as a primary argument to deny other people their basic rights, it is inferable that we still live in an unjust society and we still need to keep on fighting, resisting and serving. Having the rights that we currently have is the fruition of the fight of the people who come before us; the people who died in the name of humanity and inclusivity. So, it is our responsibility to continue this fight.
Our basic call is this: never use religious morals to encompass the fundamental criticisms of a secular law. Protect people from discrimination and recognize human rights.