LGBT+ - Position Paper

by - September 29, 2019

One of the most talk issue here in the Philippines is the legalization of LGBT+ community in our society. LGTBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and others. To further more explain, lesbian and gay is a person who is sexually attracted to people on their own gender, bisexual is a person who is sexually attracted to both genders, trans is transgender or transsexual is when a person went to a medical procedure for transition of one sex to another, and + or others is when a person is not LGBT and also not fitted into traditional categories of gender or sexuality. LGBT+ community faces a lot of challenges because many people are still not accepting them due to different opinions and beliefs. They are still struggling to fit in the world where they live in because they are still subject for discrimination because of the family code, bible verses, and the so called mental illness associated with them.

In Executive Order No. 209, The Family Code of the Philippines (July 06, 1987), Article 1 stated that, “Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life.” And in Article 2, it also stated that, “No marriage shall be valid, unless these essential requisites are present: (1) Legal capacity of the contracting parties who must be a male and a female;” The law stated that marriage is acceptable if it’s between a man and a woman because they can have a family on their own that will make the society. If same – sex will be together, it is impossible to make a family that could lead the nation someday because they cannot produce one on their own. However, In Philippine Constitution Article II, Section 11 stated that, “The State values the dignity of every person and guarantees full respect for human rights.” And in Article III, Section 4 said that, “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of expression.” This just proves that people should respect the chosen identity orientation of one person and the identity orientation of their partner because they are just enjoying their right of expression through choosing who they want to be with. LGBT+ should not be denied with the rights that the 1987 Constitution is already stating because if there rights is not being respected then their capability to decide or choose for themselves is being stolen. It doesn’t mean that a family will only revolve to man and woman and their children because a same – sex couple can make a family too through adaption and also not only same – sex couple will not be able to produce their own children but also to homosexual couple that couldn’t conceive due to fertility problems.

In the bible, Mark 10:6-8, quoting Genesis 2:24, it is written that, “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh…” What the verse implying is that the man is for woman and woman is for man only. Being in a relationship with other people with their same gender is a sin because they denies God’s teaching by being a greedy a person. However, there is also a verse written in Ephesians 4:15, “Speak the truth in love.” This verse wants to tell us that there is no place for hatred and rejection towards all people and LGBT+ community are part of it. LGBT+ are human too and they are being created by Him and Jesus teaches us that humans have a permanent value, worth, and dignity and we must not degrade it.

There are some people saying that being LGBT+ is actually a mental illness because they are different from others and they make their own gender orientation. But according to American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association, LGTB+ are not disorders because there are no association between these sexual orientations to psychopathology. These orientations is a normal form of human experience and the relationship that could arise from them is a normal form of human bonding too. Actually, being an LGBT+ is not really a mental disorder but they some of them are suffering from a mental disorder because they are not acceptable by the society. They always receives negative judgements and discrimination on the way they portrait themselves and this is actually the sad truth.

LBGT+ are humans but there are some people who compare them as worse than the animals just because they cannot accept them freely. Some are too conservative and there not yet open with this kind of changes because they chooses not to leave their comfort zone. However, we should acknowledge their existence as LGBT+ because they are also people who are hurting if they are being disowned by their society. Let us be fair and give them what they deserve, and that is respect. We should not discriminate them because they are vulnerable enough to receive your bashes and hatred. The rights that we are enjoying must be enjoyed by them too because rights are being created for everyone and we don’t have the power to steal it from them. We should not deny them because we are living in a world full of flaws where perfection doesn’t exist. Let us open our eyes and acknowledge the four corners so that we will be able to practice equality and fairness for all.

REFERENCES:
  • LGBT+ mental health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/living-with-mental-illness/wellbeing-physical-health/lgbtplus-mental-health/
  • The 1987 Constitution of The Republic of the Philippines – Article III. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/constitutions/the-1987-constitution-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines/the-1987-constitution-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines-article-iii/
  • Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality and Same – Sex Marriage. (n.d.).Retrieved from https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-qa/biblical-perspective-on-homosexuality-and-same-sex-marriage/
  • Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/orientation


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