|Founded||September 21, 2003|
|Politics of Philippines
LADLAD (English: "come out," lit. "The Unfurled") is a Filipino lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) political party. It was founded on September 21, 2003, and is founded by Danton Remoto, Associate Professor of English at Ateneo de Manila University.
The organization's thrust is toward human rights, and the organization is fighting for equal rights among all Filipinos, whether they are LGBT or not.
The Commission on Elections denied LADLAD's petition to be allowed to run in the 2010 elections, on the grounds of "immorality", However, on January 12, 2010, the Supreme Court granted a temporary restraining order, thereby allowing LADLAD to participate in this year's elections. In the 2007 elections, LADLAD was previously disqualified for failing to prove they had nationwide membership.
On April 8, 2010, the Supreme Court allows LADLAD to join the elections.
The party received 113,187 votes or 0.37% (excluding votes from Lanao del Sur), below the optional 2% threshold and was not able to win a seat in Congress.
Programs and platforms
LADLAD has the following platforms:
- Re-filing of the Anti-Discrimination Bill that gives LGBT Filipinos equal opportunities in employment and equal treatment in schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, entertainment centers, and government offices.
- Re-filing of the bill to repeal the Anti-Vagrancy Law that some unscrupulous policemen use to extort bribes from gay men without ID cards;
- Setting up of micro-finance and livelihood projects for poor and handicapped LGBT Filipinos;
- Setting up of centers for Golden Gays, or old and abandoned LGBTs, as well as young ones driven out of their homes. The centers will also offer legal aid and counseling, as well as information about LGBT issues, HIV-AIDS, and reproductive health. These centers will be set up initially in the key cities/metropolitan areas of the Philippines -- Baguio, National Capital Region, Cebu and Davao.
Same-sex marriage is not part of the party's platform.
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