Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III became a trending topic online after his remark about the discussion regarding the members of the LGBTQ+, following the incident involving transgender woman Gretchen Diez who was barred to enter a comfort room for females at a shopping plaza in Quezon City.
After Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered her privilege speech about the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill, Sotto threw a question about the LGBTQ+ initialism which seemed to have gained mixed reactions on social media.
Sotto asked: “Why that lengthy letters? Why not just ‘homo sapiens?”
“Why do we have to segregate the gays from the lesbians, the straight guys?” Sotto added.
The female senator then answered him and said: “Totoo po. We are all homo sapiens, we are all human beings, we are all one species.”
“Hindi po sana kailangang mag-segregate Mr. President, I agree with you, kung yung human civilization natin at mga societies natin nag-evolved to the point na walang discriminasyon, may equality among all, regardless of identity, regardless of expression. Kaya lang po hindi ganoon ang nangyayari,” said Hontiveros.
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) August 14, 2019
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