Skip to main content

Back to barracks


It's back to barracks, pink soldiers. Contrary to what you've been hearing from your generals and the media, there is no clear go-signal yet for LGBT soldiers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

First, some clarifications. There is no official ban for LGBTs in the military, hence no ban was technically lifted when top military officials made positive statements about allowing LGBTs in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. That said, it must be stated as well that the AFP has no policy explicitly allowing LGBTs in the military

So the question to ask is: ano ba talaga, mga papa? We've been getting mixed and confusing statements from the military establishments. In several committee hearings in Congress for the Anti-Discrimination Bill filed by AKBAYAN, representatives from the AFP would always bring 'unofficial' position papers stating that lesbians and gays cannot be allowed to join the military. In one hearing, the reasons they provided were absurd - gay soldiers will trip and fall in the battlefield because they are wearing heels, or that gay soldiers cannot be trusted with confidential military information because they are tsismosa

Last November, in an attempt to get the position of the government on various LGBT issues, AKBAYAN Rep. Risa Hontiveros wrote to different Cabinet secretaries and government high officials. The Commission on Human Rights was quick to reply, and months after the Department of Justice released its opinion on the matter. The AFP, on the other hand, has not responded to AKBAYAN's letter, which was forwarded to AFP's J1 unit (for personnel) then to its Discipline and Law and Order Division and finally to its Gender and Development Unit. No formal response has been released to date.

So next time the military says that it accepts lesbian and gay soldiers, read between the lines. It means nothing until the AFP itself comes up with a more concrete policy declaring that LGBTs - and here one must stress that the Bs and Ts must be included - are truly accepted in military service and that there are guidelines prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. 

Our network, Project Equality, has already laid down specific policies that should be in place to ensure non-discrimination in military service.  These include the following: a non-discriminatory policy in admission; penalties and sanctions on discriminatory practices and policies committed by soldiers against fellow LGBT soldiers or LGBT individuals; gender sensitivity training for soldiers, and; allowing transgender soldiers to wear the military uniform of their choice. 

Enough with these confusing and confused messages. If AFP truly wants us in, then we should be in, no if's and but's, rainbow flags and all. 

Comments

Ming Meows said…
it's easier said than done
yes, there is no explicit prohibition ... but the prejudice and veiled?

yes this is dangerous

Popular posts from this blog

Mga parausang lumang sinehan

NAG DESISYON na ang Korte Suprema na labag sa Konstitusyon ang ordinansa na nagbabawal ng short time sa mga motel sa siyudad ng Maynila.

Wala na ring balak pa umanong maghain ng apela si mayor Alfredo Lim sa naturang desisyon.

Nagbabala naman si Lim na handa niyang ipasara ang anumang motel sa lungsod ng Maynila sakaling may makita sila na pinapayagan na magpapasok ng mga estudyante para magshort time.
Pero, teka, ito talaga ang pakay ko, ang mga lumang sinehan sa Metro Manila.

Taong 2005, balak ko na itong iparating sa dati kong boss na Kongresista, ang patuloy na pamamayagpag ng mga lumang sinehan sa Maynila. Subalit, may tila tinik sa aking lalamunan na nakabara. Tila, wala akong boses sa tuwing ako ay maghahanda sa aking mga sasabihin. Tila, nakagapos ang aking mga kamay para isulat ang mga hakbang na dapat kong irekomenda para masulosyunan na ito.

Alam ko, ikaw ay pamilyar ukol sa mga lumang sinehan sa buong Kamaynilaan.

Sa unang pasok ko sa ganitong sinehan, ako ay tuwang tuwa. Napan…

PILIPINAS, TUNAY NGA BANG MALAYA NA?

NGAYON ANG IKA 111st NA ANIBERSARYO NG ARAW NG KALAYAAN NG PILIPINAS. Ngunit, sa paglipas ng isang daan at labing isang taon, tunay nga ba tayong malaya na?

May mga pagkakataong gusto kong isipin na hindi na tayo nakagapos sa mga bansang banyaga dahil nagkaroon na tayo ng kalayaan sa pamamalakad ng gobyerno. Ngunit, ano ang kalagayan ng mga Pilipino ngayon? Mayroon na nga ba siyang dangal na matatawag? Taas noo na nga ba ang bawat Pilipino kahit kanino?

Sa mga nakalipas na araw, samu’t saring problema ang dinaranas ng ating bansa. Mga problemang lalong nagpapalugmok ng bawat mamamayan. Mga problemang animo’y walang katapusan. Paano babangon ang isang Juan dela Cruz kung mismong mga namumuno sa ating bayan ang nagbabangayan? Paano tayo makakalaya kong mismong mga halal ng bayan ang siyang nanguna upang itali ang bawat mahihirap na pinoy sa kanilang pamamahala?Paano na ang walang tigil na pagbulusok ng presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin? Ang walang humpay na pagtaas ng gasolina. Paano pa m…

Join the Task Force Pride (TFP) Now!

Join now and be a part of TASK FORCE PRIDE (the official organizer of the annual Pride March in Manila and other related LGBT events)!

http://creator.zoho.com/tfpmanila/tfp/form-perma/Membership_Registration/



Membership Program Information

Task Force Pride is an ever-evolving member and community-based organization of volunteers. The membership is a body that meets monthly with the Coordinators to make decisions to further the mission of the organization. By becoming a member you will have a direct voice in shaping events that educates and gives back to the LGBT Community (i.e. the annual Pride March in Manila and other related LGBT events)

At our monthly meetings, the general membership can provide direct input to Coordinators and the Production Team/s as well as stay informed year round through monthly e-Newsletters and periodic e-mail updates.

Other benefits of membership include participation in the nomination and selection of key posts, choosing the yearly theme of the Celebration as w…