Philippines House passes the SOGIE Equality Bill.

The Philippines House of Representatives approved the SOGIE Equality Bill on its second reading, advancing the legality of the measure to criminalize and penalize discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression (SOGIE). The bill cites 15 forms of discrimination action including denial of access to public, health, or education services, harassment of any kind including over social media, or forced psychological examinations to alter one’s SOGIE. The bill mandates a minimum fine of P100,000 and potential jail time.

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