The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UP CWGS) held a forum named Imbiyerna sa Diskriminasyon: Talakayan Hinggil sa Iba’t ibang Uri ng Kaapihang Nararanasan ng LGBT sa Pilipinas last May 16 at the College of Mass Communication auditorium, UP Diliman to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)
Speakers were Ivanka Custodio of BAHAGHARI, Claire Balabo of Liga para sa Regular na Hanapbuhay and Pastor Kakay Pamaran of Metropolitan Community Church. Custodio, the current Chairperson of BAHAGHARI, an LGBT organization, discussed the continuing and intensifying oppression and subordination experienced by LGBT peoples under the imperialism. Pastor Kakay Pamaran talked about the role of the Church in emancipating the LGBT peoples. Claire Balabo, a labor leader from Tanduay, spoke about the two-layered oppression she experiences, as a contractual worker and as a transwoman.
Representatives from academic units and organizations participated.