Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Transgender Murder in the Philippines: What it Implies

Okay, so we've probably known the recent news of Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, the transgender who was allegedly killed by, allegedly, a US Marine officer. It's all over the news and here's what I think.

If we look back at the previous case of "Nicole" and Daniel Smith (who was said to be acquitted of the crime/case dismissed or something), and considering the fact that the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement) rules, as explained by an attorney of TV5, are more of "pro-American" than for us, I can pretty much see a grim, dark cloud of injustice on the road ahead.

But the most alarming thing is that it's a transgender, coming from a group of yet-to-be accepted members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community in the Philippines, while in other countries, they're getting equal rights as normal people. 

Even considering the fact that Jennifer might have lied about her true sexuality to the suspect, causing the tragic murder, I personally think that from the start, people should be open-minded with those things and not immediately take brutal force. Maybe, if that was the case, then I can sense Jennifer's fear from the fact that the LGBT community are not openly-accepted by people, and that some people will always be close-minded and discriminative towards people like them. 

I know this is just my two centavos, but here's what I want to suggest to the Filipino race (and outside comers) when it comes to sexism and racism (and justice, though it's next to impossible):

1. If disabled people get equal rights as normal people, why not the LGBT community? Is it because we are too faithfully Catholic that we are considering the other genders as sinners? You gotta know that our present Pope's mind is outside of the box and supports all the genders and all the races.You also gotta know that LGBTs are people, too.

2. Racism and sexism is a century-long problem in the Philippines, from calling tribesmen names, to strict and old-fashioned parents (and elders), to hiring standards, to celebrity/politician preferences, to almost every corner of the country, where tan women just wanna be white and dye their hair to be sosyal, skinny guys go to the gym to be socially-accepted by the ladies, and many other "trying-hard" artificial ways to get ourselves "standardized" and be "loved" by the public. It all starts with those people in "Mass Media" trying to employ such crappy standards.

3. Last, and definitely not the least, the fricking justice system in the Philippines is very much hopeless. That's pretty much self-explanatory, unless some whatever miracle happens in our country, which is also less likely to happen. Oh well.

Remember that this only an opinionated blog entry and should not, uhm, strictly offend anyone. If I did, advanced apologies and you can table-slam me if you want. :)

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