In 2015, Outrage Magazine, an LGBTQI publication in the Philippines, posted an online article describing Filipinos as generally tolerating– but not really accepting– of the LGBTQI+ community.
In January 2019, the Philippine Consortium for Social Protection held a local roundtable discussion with the members of the LGBT sector from the project’s areas of implementation to discuss their issues and concerns, mainly in terms of social protection.
Among the most pertinent issues that they raised were the limited access to employment and alternative livelihood, absence of a stable government program, and the weak recognition of the sector's legal rights.
Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQI+
This document examines these issues and the responses of key government agencies that were gathered during the National Sectoral Consultation.
This Policy Brief recognizes that the results of the consultations do not equally represent all concerns across the LGBTQI+ community; the narratives gathered came from organized LGBTQI+ groups.
However, this does not diminish the Philippine Consortium for Social Protection's commitment for inclusiveness.
The Consortium recognizes these as lessons learned on employing gender-accommodating strategies for all, especially those who are not part of organized groups.