No more Jennifers: A call for patriotism, a call for justice to all victims of hate crimes

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/97628/lgbt-support-groups-pinoys-should-stand-up-for-fellow-human
The recent killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a transgender woman, allegedly perpetrated by a soldier of the United States, has drawn disparate reactions from and had polarized the Filipino people.

Juxtaposed indignant calls for investigation, swift justice, and repeated warning to the government against efforts to cover-up the facts of the case and give special treatment to the suspected perpetrator is the spread of disquieting online “hate posts” aimed against the victim, providing justification for the crime allegedly committed by US Marine PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton.

The killing of Jennifer is enraging and abominable, even more so alarming that the crime was ostensibly triggered by the victim’s gender. This case comes as a bitter reminder that our cause to advance the recognition, respect, and equal treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) is relevant and urgent.

Hate crimes have been a persistent nightmare of the LGBT sector. Every day, hundreds of our LGBTs are subjected to hate speech, discrimination, and violence, victimized physically, emotionally, and psychologically amidst the backdrop of the prevailing patriarchal and “macho” culture.

Intolerance proliferate as prevailing social structures condone the abnormal treatment of LGBTs. The absence of any laws addressing this intolerance also contributes to the perpetration of the culture of hate and violence against the LGBTs.

As demands to assert the country’s laws and have the suspect face Philippine court snowball, various LGBT formations express apprehensions that campaigns for justice will in the long run take its peak on and just be confined to oppositions to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Realities surrounding Jennifer’s murder, despite VFA provisions that require American troops involved in the joint military exercises and break Philippine laws to face only US legal systems, however goes beyond the issues on VFA and EDCA. Jennifer’s murder is, in fact, a concrete manifestation that, like the impunity of American soldiers in inflicting abuses on women and children, no amount of treaties between countries and inclusive safeguards guarantee non-commission of hate crimes and bequest of special treatment to perpetrators, foreign or otherwise, to escape the Philippine justice system.

Given these realities, in the face of this dreadful criminality committed to a fellow LGBT — a fellow Filipino — it is but an imperative for Filipino LGBTs and allies to gather as many anti-hate crime advocates as possible for the formation of the Justice for Jennifer Watch and invoke the earnest assertion of sovereignty and expression of patriotism. As such, we shall:

1. Urge the turnover to Philippine authorities of the suspected perpetrator of the murder, US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

2. Monitor the legal proceedings on the Jennifer Laude case.

3. Ensure that no sellout is entered into by Philippine legal system and justice is served.

4. Spread the message that Jennifer Laude needs justice, not condemnation.

We know that like all members of the LGBT community, you feel strongly about what has been done to our sister, Jennifer, and would like to see an end to homophobia and transphobia in the Philippines.

We know you see that her death deserves justice and that the hate spawned by her death is both unpardonable and ironic. “Si Jennifer na ang napatay, siya pa ang kinamumuhian.”

Sexual orientation and gender identity must be treated as private. Just because Jennifer Laude’s identity went viral does not give us the right to pass judgment.

As we condemn the heinous barbarity behind the hate crime committed on the defenseless transgender and women involved in the prostitution trade, we call for swift justice for Jennifer Laude.

We call for an end to hate crimes and justice to all its victims.

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Justice for Jennifer! Justice for all Victims of Hate Crimes!# # #

1. ARREST THE MILITARY SERVICEMAN NOW AND TURN HIM OVER TO THE PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES!WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER “DANIEL SMITH”!https://www.facebook.com/notes/kapederasyon/statement-on-the-killing-of-jennifer-laude/1493968327527667

2. LGBT GROUP CRIES FOUL OVER HATE POSTShttps://kapederasyon.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/lgbt-group-cries-foul-over-hate-posts/JOIN US ON Friday, 4pm at UST for a solidarity March for Pride and Justice. 

JOIN US HERE! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550638698501803/?fref=nfhttp://www.interaksyon.com/article/97628/lgbt-support-groups-pinoys-should-stand-up-for-fellow-humanhttp://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/10/21/1382610/noy-hit-silence-jennifer-case

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LGBT group cries foul over hate posts

REFERENCE: Corky Hope Marañan, KAPEDERASYON Spokesperson, 0929 608 2502

Kapederasyon LGBT Sectoral Group reacted to the spread of what they called as “hate posts” online aimed against Jennifer Laude, the 26yr old transgender allegedly murdered by US Marine PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton.

“We are deeply disturbed with the negative comments online reeking with hate, homophobia, and transphobia. Many posts blame Jennifer for her own murder and even condone hate crimes” says Kapederasyon spokesperson Corky Hope Marañan.

She added that while the hate posts do not represent the sentiment of the majority of the Filipino people, “these outbursts of discrimination shows how hostile some sections of the Philippine Society can be towards people with different gender.”

“We ask everyone to be sensitive and careful about what they post online. Instead of adding insult to the already grave injury by posting hate-filled comments, we urge them to use their time online to expand their understanding on the issue,” Marañan added.

The group together with its chapters in schools and communities are already engaged in an education campaign tackling the rights of the LGBT sector and promoting gender diversity. “The case of Jennifer and what we’re seeing online tell us that there is clearly more work to be done. And we plan to face this head on. We will double our efforts in educating the people on the issue of human rights, gender expression and identity,” Marañan said.

The group also slammed AFP’s statement saying that cause-oriented groups are “over reacting.”

“We ask the AFP, how does one react to murder? How should a Filipino react if one of his own sister is brutally murdered by a foreign soldier?” asked Marañan.

“It is a shame how they could just easily accept a simple apology in exchange for the life of their own countrymen. It is a shame how they could act as apologists for the murderer of their own sister. Instead of making apologies, they should move to arrest the perpetrator and defend the Filipino people,” she added.
Finally the group appealed to the public to join them and Jennifer’s family in their fight for justice. “Murder is murder. No excuse can be made to justify the taking of a life of a person. We have a Filipino that’s been murdered. We should unite as Filipinos in seeking justice,” concluded Marañan. ###

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Statement on the killing of Jennifer Laude

Reference: CORKY HOPE MARAÑAN

Spokesperson (0917-7262553)

ARREST THE MILITARY SERVICEMAN NOW AND TURN HIM OVER TO THE PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES!

WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER “DANIEL SMITH”!

KAPEDERASYON LGBT Sectoral Organization (Kapederasyon) is one with the many indignant voices in condemning the killing of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman. We call for a thorough investigation and swift justice, and warn the government that we will remain vigilant against efforts to cover-up the facts of the case and give special treatment to the suspected perpetrator who was identified as a United States soldier. Reports said that Jennifer was last seen entering a lodge at Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo City with the soldier. Minutes later, the soldier left the lodge alone leaving Jennifer lifeless with her face in the toilet bowl.

The killing of Jennifer is enraging and abominable, but we are alarmed even more so to know that the crime was allegedly triggered by the victim’s gender. This case comes as a bitter reminder that our cause to advance the recognition, respect, and equal treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) is relevant and urgent. Hate crimes have been a persistent nightmare of the LGBT sector. Every day, hundreds of our kapederasyon are subjected to hate speech, discrimination, and violence. We are victimized physically, emotionally, and psychologically amidst the backdrop of the prevailing patriarchal and “macho” culture. This intolerance will proliferate as we continue to condone the abnormal treatment of LGBTs. The absence of any laws addressing this intoletance also contributes to the perpetration of the culture of hate and violence against our sector.

Furthermore, we join the demand to assert the country’s laws and have the suspect face Philippine court. We caution the government against engaging in another whitewash under the guise of implementing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). We fear that the suspect will be another Daniel Smith who was given special treatment and escaped the Philippine justice system.

Thus, we demand that the suspect be handed over to Philippine authorities NOW! We also call for the immediate junking of the VFA which has been proven to be one-sided as it protects the rights only of the “visitors” and not of the Filipino people.

Again, we call for swift justice for Jennifer Laude, we call for an end to hate crimes, and we say US Troops Out Now!

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