Thursday, 26 November 2009

Stop Transphobia sa Bahay ni Kuya!!!

Official Statement of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) on the recent happenings inside the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) House involving Rica Paras

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny
.”
--Anonymous

She-man. Mumu. Half-half. Samson and Delilah. These are just a few of the derogatory comments heard recently from PBB Double Up Housemates Rob Stumvol, Patrick Villanueva, Hermes Bautista, Mariel Sorino, Yuri Okawa and most especially Rocky Salumbides in referring to Rica Paras. We, her sisters in STRAP, join the rest of the world’s loyal audiences who watch PBB Double Up diligently in expressing our dismay, disappointment and disbelief in this blatant show of anti-transgender prejudice or transphobia. STRAP condemns to the highest degree this senseless bigotry and calls on Big Brother to intervene and put a stop to the hate happening right under his watchful eye.

Ever since Rica entered the PBB House, she has always carried herself well. She has never been a burden to her housemates but instead has proven to be an asset to them with her leadership skills, quick thinking and positive attitude. She has helped in household chores, shared her talents selflessly, related wholeheartedly with her housemates, and always contributed to the completion of tasks in the best way she could. The whole world knows that Rica has been nothing but a consistent team player, a shoulder to cry on, a loyal friend and a loving and reliable sister to all of her housemates.

We are therefore calling on all the housemates to STOP BASHING RICA for she has done nobody any harm. STOP DISREPECTING RICA for she has only treated all of them with grace and care. STOP DISPARAGING RICA for she is simply being herself. The asinine machismo being directed at her is the same kind of misogyny that leads to violence against women. The narrow-mindedness being displayed by some of the PBB Double Up housemates is the same kind of bias that leads to abuse, insensitivity and cruelty towards others. This is totally unacceptable behavior and must be stopped at all costs.

This has to stop if we believe in the equality of all persons. This has to stop if we want to create a world where the uniqueness of all is valued. This has to stop if we want to create a better world where kindness, compassion and respect reign, a world that upholds the inherent dignity of all. STOP TRANSPHOBIA SA BAHAY NI KUYA!

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3 comments:

tj said...

I agree! Rica is one the nicest people inside the PBB house so she doesn't deserve such treatment from the other housemates.

I think Rocky Salumbides is an imbecile for throwing such derogatory statements at Rica. Does he not know that his fan base primarily comes from the LGBT demographic? Is he also not aware that the (modeling) industry he thrives in is monopolized by the type of people he despises? It's either he's ingrata or he's really stupid.

If he doesn't change his ways (and apologize to Rica), I give him 1 year tops..

sweet_shelo said...

I support your sentiments. I hate those House B guys who never show a little bit of respect to Rica. Shame on them for their blatant ill-mannered comments to my most supported housemate. Rica is a nice person. Her gender doesnt affect the kind of person she is. Her beings Transgender doesnt make her a less person. She is very talented and has the wit and calm personality compared to those who are the sources of those ill-mannered remarks. SHAME ON THEM... ISA ISA SILANG MATATANGGAL!!!

micpro said...

I agree to this... I think Big Brother should also be paying attention to this - calling Rica names.. This is obviously a kind of discrimination. And I don't think this is acceptable and fair.