Duterte hosts LGBT party in Malacañang
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a thanksgiving party for members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community in Malacañang on Tuesday.
Duterte welcomed members of the LGBT Pilipinas, Inc. , and administered the oath of office of its national officers.
The group was led by Gretchen Diez, the transgender woman who earlier figured in a controversy after she tried to enter a female toilet at a mall in Quezon City.
In his public speeches, Duterte has made conflicting remarks about members of the LGBT community.
In a campaign rally in April this year, the President said members of the LGBT community have nothing to be ashamed of as they too are created by God.
He even said in 2017 that he was in favor of same-sex marriage.
But in a speech before the Filipino community in Tokyo, Japan in May this year, he implied that being gay is a disease that needs to be cured.
Malacañang had earlier said that Duterte would support an anti-discrimination bill but not the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill, which is pending in the Senate.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the proposed bill “discriminates.”
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.