PCW condemns gender-based violence, seeks justice for Laude’s death

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) denounces the brutal killing of a transgender Pinay in Olongapo City on October 11.

No one deserves to die in such tragic and violent way, most especially, no one deserves to be violated, harassed, and murdered for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual (LGBT).

The Commission reiterates that LGBTs have human rights equal with women and men. Human rights and freedoms must be enjoyed by all, without distinction as to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, social status or political affiliation and to mobilize resources in order to curb the acts of discrimination and the effects thereof.

The killing of Jennifer Laude is a clear manifestation of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and perpetrators must be held accountable and punished for such vicious acts.

The Commission is one with the nation in seeking justice for Laude and joins the call for a speedy, honest, and fair trial.

PCW will continuously support the national concern to strongly condemn discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.