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    Established in 1992, UP Babaylan is the premier, longest-existing, and duly-recognised LGBTQ+ organisation in the Philippines and in Asia. Grounded in the principle that human rights are the basic foundation of all democratic ideals, UP Babaylan has been tirelessly fighting for gender equality through various campaigns, programmes, and platforms. Not only does the organisation advocate for reforms within the university but it has also extended the fight outside the university and involved students to address national issues.

    The organisation has staunchly advocated for the passage of a national Anti-Discrimination Bill since it was first filed in the House of Representatives in 1999, which was first drafted by our founding president. UP Babaylan is a member organisation of LAGABLAB—a network of Filipino LGBTQ organisations, individuals, and allies that seek to advance and protect the human rights and basic freedoms of the Filipino LGBT community with special focus on legislation and policy-making.

    The campaigns and projects of UP Babaylan are often in partnership with several offices of the University of the Philippines such as the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of Student Activities, and the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, student councils, as well as other student organizations within and outside of the university.

    • Organisation

      Established in 1992, UP Babaylan is the premier, longest-existing, and duly-recognised LGBTQ+ organisation in the Philippines and in Asia. Grounded in the principle that human rights are the basic foundation of all democratic ideals, UP Babaylan has been tirelessly fighting for gender equality through various campaigns, programmes, and platforms. Not only does the organisation advocate for reforms within the university but it has also extended the fight outside the university and involved students to address national issues.

      The organisation has staunchly advocated for the passage of a national Anti-Discrimination Bill since it was first filed in the House of Representatives in 1999, which was first drafted by our founding president. UP Babaylan is a member organisation of LAGABLAB—a network of Filipino LGBTQ organisations, individuals, and allies that seek to advance and protect the human rights and basic freedoms of the Filipino LGBT community with special focus on legislation and policy-making.

      The campaigns and projects of UP Babaylan are often in partnership with several offices of the University of the Philippines such as the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of Student Activities, and the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, student councils, as well as other student organizations within and outside of the university.

    • Project

      While there is an existing perception that the University of the Philippines (UP) is a gender-inclusive and safe space, UP is still reflective of the greater Philippine society. There remains a prevalence of discriminatory slurs and threats to the LGBTQI community and inequality that is deeply embedded in the existing policies. While we celebrate UP’s efforts towards gender equality, the belief that it is already at the peak of acceptance and inclusivity of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) is a dangerous misconception, as it relegates LGBTQI issues as unnecessary or secondary to other issues.

      The University-Wide SOGIESC Equality Policy project addresses the existing gap in evidence-based data on LGBTQI issues, empowers the LGBTQI members of the UP community, and sets a precedent for community-led institutional policies that would protect LGBTQI persons against discrimination on the basis of SOGIESC.

      The project produces a comprehensive data on the experiences of the LGBTQI members of the UP Community and comprehensive documentation of cases of violence and discrimination based on SOGIESC in the UP System, and a UP System-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of SOGIESC that would provide mechanisms for protection redress and affirmative action on the part of the UP Administration. The UP SOGIESC Policy aims to not just be student-centric but to include the different issues faced by other LGBTQI persons from the rest of the UP community.

  • Project

    While there is an existing perception that the University of the Philippines (UP) is a gender-inclusive and safe space, UP is still reflective of the greater Philippine society. There remains a prevalence of discriminatory slurs and threats to the LGBTQI community and inequality that is deeply embedded in the existing policies. While we celebrate UP’s efforts towards gender equality, the belief that it is already at the peak of acceptance and inclusivity of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) is a dangerous misconception, as it relegates LGBTQI issues as unnecessary or secondary to other issues.

    The University-Wide SOGIESC Equality Policy project addresses the existing gap in evidence-based data on LGBTQI issues, empowers the LGBTQI members of the UP community, and sets a precedent for community-led institutional policies that would protect LGBTQI persons against discrimination on the basis of SOGIESC.

    The project produces a comprehensive data on the experiences of the LGBTQI members of the UP Community and comprehensive documentation of cases of violence and discrimination based on SOGIESC in the UP System, and a UP System-wide policy on equality and non-discrimination on the basis of SOGIESC that would provide mechanisms for protection redress and affirmative action on the part of the UP Administration. The UP SOGIESC Policy aims to not just be student-centric but to include the different issues faced by other LGBTQI persons from the rest of the UP community.

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