Vice Ganda appealed for Senate approval of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, commonly known as SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) Equality Bill.
He voiced his appeal especially to the senators who opposed the bill earlier today October 15, Monday, on It’s Showtime.
In his appeal, he recounted being shunted from using the men’s room and women’s room in public places.
The 42-year-old comedian-host said: “Kaya nga yung SOGIE Bill dapat ipasa na ng Senado. Nananawagan kami kay Senator Joel Villanueva at saka kay Senator Tito Sotto para ipasa na iyan.
"Kasi ang hirap, e. Para walang gulo, ayaw niyo kami dyan, ayaw niyo kami dito, o, e, di bigyan niyo kami sarili.”
Apart from Senators Sotto and Villanueva, Senator Manny Pacquiao also opposed the bill.
Vice said that the Anti-Discrimination Bill would not just benefit members of the LGBTQIA community, but everybody as well.
LGBTQIA refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied people.
According to Vice, “We feel so unwelcome, we feel so uncomfortable and other people also feel so uncomfortable.
“So for everyone to feel comfortable, bigyan n’yo kami ng sarili naming pwedeng puntahan, at magiging possible lang ‘yan kung maipapasa ang SOGIE Bill.”
Furthermore, Vice pointed out that a number of countries have enacted an Anti-Discrimination Law to protect the rights of the LGBTQIA community.
“Ewan ko, sa Pilipinas na lang walang ganyan, di ba? Parang nakakaawa naman ang Pilipinas.
"Lahat ng ibang bansa may mga Anti-Discrimination Law.
“Sa Japan nga kakaibang batas na naman nila para sa LGBT, ang advanced.
“Dito, parang napaghuhulihan na ho tayo.”
Apart from Vice, other celebrities and personalities also expressed their support for the SOGIE Bill, including Anne Curtis, Heart Evangelista, and Dingdong Dantes, Christine Bersola-Babao, and basketball player Arnold van Opstal.
Apart from addressing discrimination to members of LGBTQIA community, the SOGIE Bill aims to provide access to members of the community to health services, employment, and education.