Gay rights advocates have asked yesterday the Aquino government to heed the warning by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that US aid will be tied on how countries respect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
Clinton delivered her policy statement recently before the United Nations Human Rights Council, which has been urging nations to respect such rights. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch (PLHCW), an alliance of organizations monitoring violence and discrimination against LGBTs, has formally called on government to address such violation of LGBT rights. “LGBTs in the Philippines are still on the receiving end of stigma, hatred, violence, exclusion, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination. (Marvyn N. Benaning)