[Press Release] Transpinays make human rights history with UN communication – www.tsphilippines.com

CSWCD, UP Diliman — The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) (www.tsphilippines.com), the pioneer transgender human rights organization in the Philippines, makes history as they send off a communication to the United Nations (UN) that calls attention to state responsibilities of the Philippine Government as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to pay careful attention to how the justice system updates itself with current developments in international human rights law in its understanding of gender identity through the lived experiences of transsexual women.

“The launch of this historical and important communication to the United Nations comes at a very opportune time what with the recent hurtful pronouncements made by the mother of Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Mommy Dionisia has made comments about transsexuals and their use of the pill showing the widespread ignorance about transsexualism in the Philippines,” says STRAP Chairwoman Naomi Fontanos.

The communication aims to put a spotlight on the plight of transpinays (transsexual Filipinas) and their struggle with institutionalized transphobia–the negative attitude towards transgender people that leads to cruelty, abuse and discrimination–as demonstrated by the 2008 Supreme Court (SC) decision that denied a transsexual woman’s petition for legal name and sex change. The communication, which highlights the debilitating effects of the the SC decision on the lives of three transpinays–Naomi Fontanos, Juliana Geissel and Rio Moreno–was made possible in collaboration with the Women and Development (WD) Women and the Law class 2010-2011 of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) under Atty. Evalyn Ursua.

The communication will be launched and sent off to the UN at the CSWCD grounds at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman at 5:30 pm on 23 May 2011. The event is open to the public.

Naomi Fontanos
Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP)

The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) is the pioneer human rights advocacy and support organization of transpinays (transgender/transsexual Filipinas). We seek to improve the public understanding of transsexualism, campaign for the right to define one’s gender identity and expression and work towards building a supportive community amongst transgender/transsexual Filipina girls and women and a society free from transphobia and discrimination.

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