02C39: When the SOGIE Bill Gets Discriminated Against

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Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1061

First, the arm thing may not be as minor as I hoped for it to be. I skipped working out this morning to give it time to heal and I've been taking painkillers all day to help alleviate the symptoms. Tobie later helped to wrap it up to see if an Omega-enhanced bandage can help things along. It's feeling relatively better now versus this morning, but I doubt that I can exercise tomorrow. And I'm pretty sure it was one of the yoga twists that got me in this situation (again!) so we'll see how tomorrow goes.

I could totally use a massage though. The massage gun kind of helps in this area, but it won't replace professional support. 

In more serious news, the Anti-Discrimination Bill (or the SOGIE Equality Bill) has gotten beaten up and down Congress. In the House of Representatives, Bro. Eddie Villanueva was in grand form today as his antics managed really slow things down today. And after his protest walkout, Representative Benny Abante was more than ready to pick things up from where Bro. Eddie left off. In the Senate, it was Majority Leader Senator Joel Villanueva who maneuvered things in his own right and sent the bill back to the Senate Rules committee. 

This bill has been stuck in legislation for literally decades now and I remain...jaded. I haven't given up on it entirely - let's not go that far. But I know that the legislative environment in this country is challenging for LGBT rights even on a good day. And these days are not exactly good days. We're all tired of saying that things have a long way to go in this country, but it adds insult to injury when you also feel like the goalposts are continually moving further and further away at the same time. 

Big sigh.

And don't get me started on that ridiculous so-called Heterosexual Act. And you just know that this bill probably has a bigger chance of getting past the committee level at the very least than the SOGIE bill does now. And feeling that way about something this important is personally frustrating. Sure, we can argue that it's not like the government is expressing full-on hatred of the LGBT community. But man, this sort of indifference and systemic obstacles don't exactly feel all that much better.