Winner na ba ang LGBT sa UP?

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"Winner na ba ang LGBT sa UP?" is the fourth forum of the 2012 TWSC Public Forum Series, "Ang Tama ba sa UP, Tama rin sa Bayan?"

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SCHEDULE 28 November 2012 (Wednesday), 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN

VENUE Pulungang Claro M. Recto (Faculty Center Conference Hall), Rizal Hall, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

PROGRAM

Time Activity In-Charge
8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
9:00 - 9:10 WELCOME REMARKS Michael L. Tan, PhD

Dean
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

9:10 - 9:20 INTRODUCTION OF SPEAKERS
9:20 - 9:40 Heart F. Diño

Chairperson
University Student Council
University of the Philippines-Diliman

9:40 – 10:00 Prescilla D. Tulipat

Guidance Counselor
Diliman Gender OfficeUniversity of the Philippines-Diliman

10:00 – 10:20 Eric J. Manalastas

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

10:20 - 11:50 OPEN FORUM
11:50 - 12:00 SYNTHESIS

MODERATOR Soledad M. Dalisay, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

ABOUT THE FORUM

In March 2012, the Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial wrote that, UP, “true to its vaunted cutting edge . . . has produced another first,” with the triumph of Heart Diño as the first transgender University Student Council (USC) Chairperson. Bisexual and transgender students were also elected as USC Vice Chair and Councilor respectively. But this unprecedented victory has blotted out events that left a bad taste in the mouths of those exalting UP as “a sanctuary of openness, acceptance and liberalism for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community.” Other candidates to the USC chairperson post, belonging to progressive organizations and taking pride in their feminist and “inclusive-activism” advocacies, have allegedly made heteronormative and transphobic remarks against Diño during her candidacy. Moreover, said milestone for the LGBT struggle transpired shortly after UP Babaylan, the first and largest LGBT student organization in the Philippines, had claimed that discrimination is still prevalent in the UP Diliman campus. Graduation rites, org applications, rest rooms, office space, and classrooms remain sites of bullying, ridiculing, and stigmatization. This is despite the promotion of gender equality within the university through university gender sensitivity initiatives, university gay games, university educational discussions on LGBT issues, and tie-ups with other LGBT organizations. The UP Charter of 2008, as stated in the UP website, mandates UP to go beyond traditional solutions and pursue innovative approaches on issues confronting the University. Despite UP’s avowedly progressive view of LGBTs, can UP be considered as privy to gender discrimination or is UP’s cognizance of LGBT issues “marked by a mild or negligent tolerance” as suggested in the UP Forum? This forum thus looks at the present stance of UP towards the LGBT community from the perspectives of the various sectors within the UP System.

KEY QUESTIONS:

1. What are the different issues confronted by the LGBT community in the university?

2. What is the stance of UP towards the LGBT community against the backdrop of LBGT issues in the country?

3. Despite its avowedly progressive view of LGBTs, can UP be considered as privy to gender discrimination? How can it be demonstrated otherwise? Or is UP’s cognizance of LGBT issues “marked by a mild or negligent tolerance”?

4. Does UP adequately address gender discrimination issues within the university? What are the policy frameworks and institutional mechanisms in place to ensure that the university promotes and protects LGBT rights? Does UP have the statistics to back up its claim to the existing LGBT climate in UP?