Pride cannot prevail where violence persists
(Lagablab LGBT Network statement on the public shaming of and violence against Moro lesbian women in Ampatuan, Maguindanao)
Just this week, reports about an incident of public shaming of and violence against Moro lesbian women in Ampatuan, Maguindanao surfaced in various social media accounts. Their heads were shaved as punishment for being “tomboy.” This is an unmistakable act of violence motivated by hate and prejudice against LGBTQI individuals.
Lagablab LGBT Network urges the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission to investigate this act of violence and bring justice for the victims. In accordance with the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao of 2018, the Bangsamoro Government has a very clear mandate to uphold and protect the fundamental rights of women, including the right to be protected from abuse or discrimination.
As various sectors and members of the community looked optimistically to Pride Month, this most recent incident, which comes at the heels of a series of attacks against LGBTQI individuals, truly underscores the vulnerability of persons of diverse SOGIE in this country. Several reports of violence surfaced in social media in the past month alone — the sexual harassment against Shannon Gonzaga in Davao del Norte, the rape and killing of Ebeng Mayor in Quezon City, and the killing of Junjie Bangkiao in Leyte.
Lagablab LGBT Network urges our lawmakers to enact a Hate Crime Law in this Congress. The cruel and inhumane manner with which many of these acts are committed need to be recognized and penalized. These acts of violence motivated by hate and prejudice need to stop.
We cannot truly celebrate Pride when we are being killed, raped, harassed, and abused. Pride cannot prevail where violence persists.