Human Soul: Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Exhibit in Congress, May 16

Who: United Nations Development Programme, Health Action Information Network and TLF Share, Inc.

What: Will have a press conference for the photo exhibit called HUMAN SOUL: Multi-media exhibit on Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender (TG) Filipinas

When: May 16, Monday, 12:00 PM. Lunch will be served.

Where: Media Center Building, House of Representatives, National Government Center, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

Speakers include the following:

Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretary, Department of Justice
Hon. Loretta Anne “Etta” Rosales, Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights
Hon. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao, Representative, Akbayan Party List
Hon. Teodoro “Teddy” Casiño, Representative, Bayan Muna Party List
Mr. Renaud Meyer, Country Director, United Nations Development Program
Ms. Bemz Benedito, Chairperson, LADLAD Party List
Mr. Anastacio Marasigan Jr.,       Executive Director, TLF SHARE Inc.


There will be a three-city tour of Human Soul: A multimedia exhibit on the fight against discrimination supported by UNDP under its HIV/AIDS Programme. The exhibit, which showcases the text and photographs of Mr. Sébastien Farcis and Mr. Romain Rivierre, can be an effective advocacy tool to lobby support for the Anti-Discrimination Bill filed in Congress and the local ordinances filed in Cebu and Davao Cities, both from MSM and TG communities and the policy- and decision-makers as well.

Transgender Filipinas have long been stereotyped as dancers and entertainers. But they are also businesswomen, candidates for political office, or human-rights advocates invited to speak at the UN headquarters in New York. This exhibit offers a multi-sensory journey to the lives of transgender Filipinas as they affirm their sexual identity, despite the rejection and discrimination they suffer from their families and society.