Vox Populi: Is it okay for transgenders to use restrooms of their choice?

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 15, 2019   •   1849

Which restroom should transgenders use? The UNTV News and Rescue team asked the people on the streets about their thoughts on the matter.

“Okay lang naman po. Kung wala namang gagawing masama, okay lang po iyon, (It’s okay. If they aren’t doing anything wrong, then it is okay). ” —Ana Dabalos

“Mahirap kasi malaman iyong mukha talagang babae. Dapat sa CR pa rin ng lalake, (It’s difficult to identify [transgenders] when they really look like a woman. They should still use the men’s restroom).” —Jonnel Aldea

“Okay lang po kasi kung komportable po siya na doon mag-CR sa CR naming mga babae mas okay po. Kasi feeling niya mababastos siya ng lalake kaya doon siya nag-CR, (It is okay. If they feel comfortable using the women’s CR (restroom)then it is okay. Because they think they might get harassed in the men’s CR).” — Elaiza Mae Tabuyo

“Mas okay po sa akin kung sa pambabae na rin po sila kasi po hindi naman nakakahiya sa babae po kasi sanay na po sila sa ugali ng babae. Sa CR po ng lalake pwede sila mabastos ng ibang lalake kaya sa babae na lang, (It will be better if they use the women’s CR because it won’t be uncomfortable for women. They might get harassed by other men if they use the men’s CR).” — Alvie Alvares

For Atty. Claire Rita Padilla, who pushes for the Gender Fair Ordinance in Quezon City, it is better to have comfort rooms for all kinds of genders.

“Karapatan ng isang tao na gumamit ng toilet ‘di ba? Ngayon, kung transman naman ito gusto niya gumamit sa male pwede rin naman, (It is a right of an individual to use toilets. Now, if he is a transman, and he wants to use male restrooms, then it is fine as well),” she said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

LGBTQ activists protest reported move to remove transgender recognition

admin   •   October 23, 2018

 

An activist with a poster “We Will Not Be Erased” in front of the White House on October 22, 2018 | REUTERS

 

LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) activists marched to the White House on Monday (October 22) to protest reports that the administration of President Donald Trump is attempting to strip transgender people of official recognition.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that the Trump administration is attempting to create a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once it is determined at birth.

The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained.

A draft of the Trump administration memo says gender should be determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable,” the memo says, according to the Times.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called “allegedly leaked documents” but cited a ruling by a conservative U.S. district judge as a guide to transgender policy.

Such an interpretation would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under the previous administration of President Barack Obama which enacted regulations and followed court rulings that protected transgender people from discrimination, upsetting religious conservatives.— Reuters

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on U.S. Marine in transgender woman’s killing

UNTV News   •   April 10, 2017


Philippine Bureau of Corrections personnel escort U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton (2nd R), after he was found guilty by trial court of killing Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, upon arrival in a detention facility at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon city, Metro Manila REUTERS/Ted Aljibe/Pool/Files

The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a guilty verdict on a U.S. Marine for killing a transgender woman nearly three years ago, a case that stirred debate over the U.S. military presence in its former colony.

A lower court had found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of killing Jennifer Laude in a hotel in Olongapo, outside a former U.S. navy base northwest of the capital, in 2014.

He was jailed for between six and 10 years on a Philippine military base.

Pemberton had admitted choking but not killing Laude after, he said, he discovered that a man was giving him oral sex, not a woman. He had been charged with murder but was convicted of the lesser offence of homicide, which does not require malicious intent.

In a ruling dated April 3, but only made public on Monday, the Court of Appeals denied Pemberton’s appeal due to “lack of merit”.

It also raised the compensation he must pay Laude’s family to 150,000 pesos ($3,000) from 80,000 pesos.

The killing stoked anger over the presence of U.S. soldiers on Philippine soil after senators voted two decades ago shut U.S. bases because of social issues, including crimes committed by servicemen.

The two countries are close military allies and the United States has for years led dozens of joint training exercises in the Philippines.

But the relationship has soured under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who says the U.S. military presence makes his country a target for conflict, especially if tensions escalate between the United States and China in the South China Sea.

Duterte announced a “separation” from the United States in October, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.

He has threatened repeatedly to scrap a series of defence pacts with the United States, but taken no concrete steps to do so, and Philippine defence officials frequently reaffirm the strength of the relationship.($1 = 50 pesos)

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Nick Macfie)

For trans people, family rejection tied to suicide attempts, substance abuse

admin   •   May 30, 2016

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(Reuters Health) – For transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, as rejection from family members increases, so does their likelihood of suicide attempts or substance abuse, according to a new study.

“People should understand that families matter,” said researcher Sarit Golub, of Hunter College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). “When people are rejected by their loved ones, it can have serious emotional and social consequences.”

Golub and co-author Augustus Klein write in the journal LGBT Health that past research suggests transgender people have increased risks for health problems, including suicide, substance abuse, depression and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

Among the challenges faced by transgender individuals, they add, are poverty, violence, incarceration and discrimination in housing, employment and healthcare.

For the new study, Golub and Klein analyzed data from 6,456 U.S. adults ages 18 to 98 who participated in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey in 2008 and 2009.

Participants were asked if they had ever attempted suicide or ever abused drugs or alcohol to cope with transgender-related discrimination.

The survey also asked how families reacted to learning that participants were transgender or gender nonconforming. For example, participants were asked if their relationship with their spouse or partner ended, and whether family members chose not to speak or spend time with them.

About 54 percent of participants experienced a low amount of family rejection, about 31 percent experienced a moderate amount of rejection and about 14 percent experienced a high amount of rejection.

About 42 percent of participants reported attempting suicide at some point in their lives, and about 26 percent reported abusing drugs or alcohol.

People who faced a moderate amount of family rejection were about twice as likely to report attempting suicide than those with a low amount of family rejection. Those who experienced a high amount of family rejection were over three times as likely to report a suicide attempt.

Likewise, the odds of alcohol or drug abuse increased as people experienced more family rejection.

“For transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, this rejection is based on a failure to accept a fundamental part of that individual’s identity – what they feel to be their core self,” Golub told Reuters Health by email. “We are saddened by these findings, and believe they are a call to action for those who work with and care about the transgender community.”

The new study can’t prove family rejection causes the increased risk of suicide and substance abuse, however. And the researchers admit that they lack information on the context of family rejection. Furthermore, the study findings may not be generalizable to a wider population, because most participants were white, educated and employed.

“These data are very preliminary, and need to be followed-up by both replication and studies that can help us better understand specific family dynamics that impact the health and wellbeing of transgender individuals,” said Klein, who is also a researcher at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY.

But understanding the negative role of family rejection is not enough, he added.

“We want to understand protective factors associated with family acceptance, love and support,” he said by email. “Support from close others can often mitigate the negative effects of the structural and institutional discrimination and violence experienced by transgender people.”

SOURCE: bit.ly/1P1s42D LGBT Health, online May 25, 2016.

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