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Thursday, January 5, 2012

LADLAD CONDEMNS PELLET SHOOTINGS ON GAYS IN CEBU



THE political organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) Filipinos, Ladlad Partylist, has condemned the rampant pellet gun shooting of gay and transgender people in the Queen City of the South, Cebu.

In a press conference headed by party leaders, Senior Political Adviser Boy Abunda, Prof. Danton Remoto, and Ladlad Chairperson Ms. Bemz Benedito expressed concern about the rising incidents of obvious homophobia, transphobia, discrimination, and violence against the LGBT community in Cebu.

In a report that reached Ladlad headquarters in Manila, the pellet gun shooting started weeks ago, when a group of transgender Cebuanas were attacked by a group of men on board a white car using an airgun. Later on, several police stations in the city received same reports victimizing gays and other transgenders in the metropolis.

“This is very alarming,” Benedito said. “If we don’t act now, maybe next time the culprits will use  real gun,” she added. “We demand an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Benedito.

Ladlad further said, these savage and atrocious acts towards LGBT Filipinos must be thwarted and eliminated at the soonest possible time. The group is calling the attention of the city government and the City police authorities to take steps and address the human rights of the LGBT community.

“We personally came to Cebu to ask our Cebuano brothers to put an end to this kind of hate crime. Please stop hurting people,” Abunda said. “To the police authorities, please consider the use of pellet guns as a crime like those attacks that are inflicted by other weapons,” the party adviser said.

Ladlad stressed that government and civil society must work together to uncover all injustices being experienced by the LGBT Filipinos and develop means to remedy them. Ladlad added, the struggle of every LGBT for dignity, equality and human rights is a long one, but not impossible.

“Let’s stand united and harmonious; there is no challenge too great to overcome. Let’s fight discrimination and injustice,” Benedito said.

Ladlad who has now more than 50,000 members nationwide will run as Partylist in the May 2013 midterm elections. (30)

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