The House of Representatives of the Philippines recently passed HB No. 4982, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality Bill, known as the Sogie Bill. The bill was passed by a majority of 198 out of 293 representatives, with no votes against the bill, following the bill’s third and final reading.
The bill states that “[t]he State recognizes the fundamental right of every person regardless of sex, age, class, status, ethnicity, color, disability, religious and political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, to be free from any form of discrimination” (emphasis added).
If passed into law, the bill would make it illegal to publish “information intended to ‘out’ or reveal the sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity of a person without their consent, when such has not been made known by the person concerned, and has been made with malicious intent or is primarily motivated by a desire for commercial profit.”
The bill would also make it illegal to “engag[e] in public speech, except religious speech, meant to shame, insult, vilify, or which tends to incite or normalize the commission of discriminatory practices against LGBTs, and which acts or practices in turn, intimidate them or result in the loss of their self-esteem.”
Police stations in the Philippines include designated Women and Children’s desks, which are often staffed by female officers who are specifically trained to respond to the unique needs of women and children. Under the Sogie bill, these desks will be renamed “Women, Children, and LGBTQ++ Protection Desk[s]” and the officers staffing such desks will “undergo appropriate trainings with human rights-based approach to include, among others, gender sensitivity and awareness in proper terminology, dynamics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) relationships and hate crime investigations.”
“Under the bill, offenses shall be penalized with a fine not less than P100,000 but not exceeding P500,000 and imprisonment of between one year and 10 years.”
A similar bill is currently pending before the Senate. H.B. 4982 Sogie Equality Bill Under Sogie bill, it’s illegal to ‘out’ anyone — inquirer.net
Kate Lynn Blatt, a man who identifies as a woman, and who filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Cabela’s, alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, recently reached a settlement with Cabela’s. Blatt did not disclose the details of the settlement, but according to Philadelphia Gay News, he “indicated satisfaction with the outcome.”
“I believed in the system,” Blatt said. “I pushed it all the way. And I feel the system ultimately came through for me. I’m 36 years old and this case has occupied close to a third of my life. I’ve fulfilled my contribution to the trans community. Now I’m really looking forward to just being Kate Lynn.”
Edinburgh Action for Trans Health, “a local chapter of the @Act4TransHealth national org, fighting for democratic access to health care and trans liberation,” published a series of tweets defending violence against women and comparing feminist women to Nazis. The tweets assert the view that “violence against terfs is always self defense” regardless of who initiates the altercation.
These statements were made shortly following a violent incident in which a member of ATH, Tara Flik Wood, punched a woman, Maria MacLachlan, in the face because he didn’t agree with what MacLachlan had to say. He is also active on Twitter, where prior to the violent encounter he posted “Any idea where/if this is happening. I wanna fuck some terfs up, they are no better than fash,” indicating he intended to commit violence against women when he attended the event. Violence against women is never defensible, regardless of women’s opinions or any other fact. There is no excuse for violence against women, ever. The fact that “The UK’s largest campaign for democratic trans health care” publicly supports violence against women clearly indicates that trans activism is misogyny.
Lauren Jeska, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the attempted murder of Ralph Knibbs, a UK Athletics official at a stadium in Birmingham.
In an unprovoked display of male violence, Jeska “stabbed Knibbs multiple times in the head and neck after a dispute over whether she should be able to compete in women’s races.”
Unfortunately, Jeska is likely to serve this sentence in a women’s prison, in violation of the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Norwegian lesbian organization Ny Lesbisk Bevegelse (New Lesbian Movement), formerly Lesbisk Forbund (Lesbian Federation), has recently been accused of “transphobia” and has submitted the following public statement in response:
Hi, Here is our official statement in English. Thanks for talking about it:-) Lesbisk Forbund (Lesbian Federation) has been accused of being hateful and transphobic after Tonje Gjevjon’s gender critical articles in Norwegian national media during the last six months, for discussing potential consequences of trans activism and the New Gender Identity Law. Trans activists’ name calling invalidates and blurs an important and timely discussion. We do acknowledge trans persons and their common rights, which are the same as we all have – regardless of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. However, we separate from the LGBT (+) movement, especially regarding the definition of sex. From our perspective, sex is about biology. Most people are born female or male. Some people are born with undefined sex characteristics, they are usually assigned a sex at birth. Sex is objective, sex is the foundation of society’s power structures. Gender identity on the other hand, is subjective – and we recognize that gender identity does not always match a person’s sex. Increasingly, the LGBT (+) movement divides women into two groups: cis women and women. Hence, trans persons are the template of which so-called cis women deviate from. Our perspective is on the contrary that women who are born female are women. It all boils down to the existence of different understanding and different perspectives on sex and gender, and we believe that such inequalities must be acknowledged and recognized and that a debate and discussion should take place without threats and name calling.
Lesbisk Forbund is no longer a part of the LGBT (+) movement. We belong to the women’s movement, and we will work for women’s rights. Therefore, we are changing our name and organization – from Lesbisk Forbund (Lesbian Federation) to Ny Lesbisk Bevegelse (New Lesbian Movement). We will no longer be a member organization, but rather a network for lesbian women who sympathize with our political platform. We will contribute to visualization at a time when women in general, lesbian women in particular, are being made invisible. Lesbisk Bevegelse — Facebook
Laurelai Bailey, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, was suspended from Twitter for inciting violence against women.
He incorrectly asserts he was “silence[d]” for “standing up to TERFs,” and appears to believe he has the right to encourage people to “whap the next terf who says shit” while facing no consequences for such expressions. Trans activism is misogyny.
We support the use of the reporting feature to alert Twitter of users who are employing their platform to encourage others or express their own desires to commit violence against women.
Tara Flik Wood is a man who identifies as a transgender woman. He’s the man who punched a 60yo woman, Maria MacLachlan, in the face as part of his protest against feminist women gathering to discuss the topic of gender at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London.
It is worth noting that Wood was attempting to steal or destroy MacLachlan’s camera, which she was using to record the event. Angry at MacLachlan for questioning the protesters assertion that “TERFs” were “attacking,” and upset at her for recording the public protest in a public space, he punched her in the face and successfully broke her camera. Of course, someone else at the event videotaped the incident, in which Wood can be seen lunging at and battering MacLachlan.
It is also worth noting that he Tweeted before the event, saying “Any idea where/if this is happening. I wanna fuck some terfs up, they are no better than fash.” He went to the event with the intention to harm the women present there whose opinions did not conform to his own. Male violence, disguised as activism. Tara Flik Wood punched a woman in the face because he disagreed with her opinion and her right to gather in public with others to discuss that opinion. Trans activism is misogyny. Historic Speaker’s Corner becomes site of anti-feminist silencing and violence — Feminist Current Transgender Activist Assaults 60-Year-Old Woman At Gender Debate — Daily Caller Timeline of Trans Activists Beating a Woman in Hyde Park — Gender Trender