Happy Gay Day: Another reason to celebrate today!
“Today is a good day to be gay!” says my friend Malu in her Facebook stat.
Just a few hours ago, I got word from Malu that according to Danton, the Philippine Supreme Court overturned the COMELEC’s decision in allowing refusing the application of Ang Ladlad to be a party-list candidate for the upcoming Philippine elections this May. After much hard work and struggle, Ang Ladlad is now officially included as a party-list candidate.
The Supreme Court, surprisingly, opened their conservative minds, and allowed rationality, due process, and equality to prevail.
Quoting Justice Abad, “The lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans-gendered persons in our communities are our brothers, sisters, friends, or colleagues who have suffered in silence all these years. True, the party-list system is not necessarily a tool for advocating tolerance or acceptance of their practices or beliefs. But it does promise them, as a marginalized and underrepresented group, the chance to have a direct involvement in crafting legislations that impact on their lives and existence. It is an opportunity for true and effective representation which is the very essence of our party-list system.”
Now the real work begins.
For my part, I will be urging my family and friends to vote for Ang Ladlad, #89 on the party-list candidates list. You can do the same. Remind your loved ones, friends, co-workers, classmates, Facebook friends, Mafia Wars, Cafe World, Famrville, and Vampire Wars friends to vote for ang Ladlad. Every vote counts.
VOTE ANG LADLAD, #89! 🙂
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Tags: Ang Ladlad, May 2010 elections, Philippine LGBT, Philippine Supreme Court