No transgender, trans woman, trans man in dictionary

No transgender, trans woman, trans man in dictionary

In the continuation of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill’s journey in the Senate, the Senate President Vicente Sotto fired another salvo that tends to further diminish the chances of it being a law.

Its champion and advocate senator Risa Hontiveros made a statement that the bill has the number of supporters in the senate for it to be a law, but Senate President Vicente Sotto III begs to differ.

Sotto, who is one of the staunchest opposing the Hontivero’s SOGIE bill, said atleast 15 senators have already declared they would not support the SOGIE Equality Bill.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and opposition senator Risa Hontiveros
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“We have studied this proposition already, there is no need for it. It is a redundancy. All Filipinos and everyone in the Philippines are equally protected by equal rights and all the rights that are given any individual in the Philippines. There are enough laws that cover the particular issues that they are talking about,” Sotto said in a press conference.
The Senate President also took a swipe at the transgender community anew, claiming the term does not appear in the dictionary.
“Hindi ko maintindihan kung paano nila nabaluktot yun, na gamitin yun, na naging transgender ang paggamit, yung trans woman, trans man, ikinalulungkot ko, pero hanap ako ng hanap sa dictionary, walang word na trans woman. Lahat ng dictionary hinanap ko, wala. Wala ring trans man. So, saan galing? In other words, nagdeviate nang masyado,” he claimed.

The Senate president provided media with both definitions; defines transgender as "denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.", meanwhile, defines a trans woman as "a woman who was identified as male at birth", and trans man as "a man who was identified as female at birth".

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