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No ifs or buts: Hontiveros says straight privilege must be used to dismantle LGBT oppression

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Senator Risa Hontiveros has appealed to straight allies to give unconditional support to promote the equal rights for the LGBT community.

“‘I love my LGBT friends, but…’ No, mahal. If we really love them, we’d fight that they enjoy the same rights as we do. We’d educate ourselves about their struggles,” she tweeted.

“We’d use our straight privilege to dismantle an old system that oppresses them,” she added.

Hontiveros made appeal ahead of a Senate committee hearing on the proposed sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) equality bill on Tuesday. She has encouraged the public to wear
“rainbow” colored outfits when attending the public hearing. “Dress code: rainbow. Let’s help each other out. Allies are welcome!” she said.

The senator has made a revitalized push for the approval of the SOGIE bill after a transgender woman was denied entry to a women’s restroom at a shopping mall in Cubao last week.

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