Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wild assumptions violates human rights, deadly too


Ang LGBT karon sa Sugbo

Live Wins, Will It?

It is unfortunate that SunStar Cebu sensationalized the shooting rampage in Calape, Bohol last Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The sad incident, apparently, involved two women in a relationship for more than a decade. The news story added wound when it described the rampage as, "crime of passion" in Bohol.

My God.

First off, we should not assume that people of the same sex (meaning, assigned at birth - vagina for female and penis for male) when in a relationship are lesbians or gays or bisexual or what-have-you. When both vaginas collide or when both penises rub each other until the sexual organs finds pleasure and fulfillment, will that make them lesbians or gays or what-have-you? Our answer is NO.
Because, their are woman who are in a relationship with another woman, or a man in a relationship with another man, does not identify herself or himself as lesbian or gay or bisexual or what-have-you. Period.

Unfair labelling, often, is subjective, and will lead to question love about to bloom. Unfair and unjust labelling prohibits love to infiltrate our untouched senses. Who are we to unjustly label? To do so is to question the love that nourished. To do so is to put malice to feelings. To do so is to deny each and every individual to freely express his or her love, desires and feelings to someone, regardless of his or her sex, gender, age, physical condition, social status, race, religion, nationality, culture, etc.

Hence, we were sad when the news story opined, "Three people died after a lesbian went on a shooting rampage..." (Suntar Cebu, Page 1, Friday, February 5, 2016)

The statement above has two interpretations: First, lesbians are violent, or words to that effect. This statement introduced malice and reinforced discrimination and stigma for persons whose sexual orientation and gender identity is different from ours. We are all unique, diversity is a defining characteristic of our being. Second, the use of the word "lesbian." Perhaps, it was an assumption based on hearsay, or expression so subjective not fit to use to describe a developing story.

What method or mechanisms writers and editors used to differentiate a heterosexual from a homosexual or bisexual or what-have-you in describing a developing story? We asked.

The statement, "Three people died after a lesbian went on a shooting rampage..." could simply be written as, "Three people died after a woman in a relationship with another woman went on a shooting rampage..." Or, to put it best, "Three people died after a woman went on a shooting rampage..."

Yes, some of us may label the circumstances sorrounding it as lesbians. But we have no right to label people and announced to the whole world by virtue of their sexual orientation and gender identity. We still don't know, and even if knew it, and eventually they will comfirm it, they might prefer to keep it to themselves or to their immediate family. Thus, assumptions are dangerous.

Gender issues like identity and expressions are often internal. It is a luxury reserved for the individual. Thus, it is dangerous to label people by virtue of what we perceived them to be. It violates their right to privacy.

Finally, to suppliment the already biased and morally bankrupt assumption, the news story shouted, in red letters, "crime of passion" in Bohol.

It cringes with danger.

By Roxanne Omega Doron
Executive Director

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