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Thank you for coming to the SOGIE, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Education, event.

Scientists identified a type of chimpanzee in West Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans. It was ound that the chimpanzee virus called simian immunodeficiency virus or SIV, was transmitted to humans and mutated into what we know as HIV, when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat, coming into contact with the infected blood. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world.

The earliest known case of infection with HIV-1 in a human was detected in a blood sample collected in 1959 from a man in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 1982 public health officials began to use the term "acquired immunodeficiency syndrome," or AIDS, to describe the occurrences of the infections.

Around that time, I personally remember condom dispencers popping up. Condoms had become for than just a contraseption.

In 1983, scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS, the name that we know as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, and just one year later the first combination drug therapies for HIV were introduced.

In the year 2000 the World Health Organization estimated that between 15% and 20% of new HIV infections worldwide are the result of blood transfusions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the first five known cases of HIV in Los Angeles in June of 1981. The previously healthy gay men had contracted pneumonia and two died.

Yet claims that HIV / AIDS is a gay sickness or comes from gays is a myth. According to the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Deseases, Worldwide, more than 80 percent of all adult HIV infections have resulted from heterosexual intercourse.

Worldwide, there were about 2.1 million new cases of HIV in 2013. About 35 million people are living with HIV around the world. In 2013, there were about 1.5 million deaths in persons with AIDS, and nearly 39 million people with AIDS have died worldwide since the epidemic began.

Sadly, AIDS stigma exists around the world in a variety of ways, including ostracism, rejection, discrimination and avoidance of HIV infected people.

The topic of religion and AIDS has become highly controversial in the past twenty years, primarily because some religious authorities have publicly declared their opposition to the use of condoms (eg. Catholic Church), and that prayer can cure HIV/AIDS (eg. The Synagogue Church Of All Nations).

There are many misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. Three of the most common are that AIDS can spread through casual contact, that sexual intercourse with a virgin will cure AIDS,and that HIV can infect only gay men and drug users.

We as lgbtBUS wamt to help spread awareness and help people gain knowledge, specially in areas where sexual education lacks. There are too many people dying of ignorance.

As for today, we have a free HIV testing and more lectures about sexuality, gender identification and HIV/AIDS.

Finally, I would like to thank our President Regie Pasion, for having organised this event with the support of the Marikina Banrangay and City Hall.

And let me close by saying: 

In a telegram the actor Rock Hudson sent to a September 1985 Hollywood AIDS benefit, Commitment to Life, which he was too ill to attend in person.

Hudson said: "I am not happy that I am sick. I am not happy that I have AIDS. But if that is helping others, I can at least know that my own misfortune has had some positive worth."

Again, thank you for participating in our event, and don't forget to take the free HIV test during this event.

I am Thomas Fleckner, Chairman of lgbtBUS

 

Pride March - Speech Pride March June 27, 2015

 

Why are we here?

 

We shouldn’t be here right? Or should we?

But we are. And as we are, something is wrong?

 

Have you ever heard of a Straight Pride March? No right?

Why? Because it’s the norm, the standard and the majority.

 

Yet minorities are also a part of nature! Yes they are, yet only humans have twisted this fact into an unnatural explanation why it is unnatural, sinful, the religious term, or an act against nature, the political term.

 

Why are we not just out but also loud?

Many people say that, having no legal problems should be enough, but that may have been applicable for the last century. Homosexual people and basically all people within the LGBT community should be able to enjoy the same rights as all the other members of society. Not too long ago, black people were degraded due to political and belief systems. The same applies to women and children. The opponents of equal rights often come up with the most absurd claims; like marriage equality will lead to bestiality, hence an individual demanding to marry his or her pet. What we are standing for is the equality of consent adult humans, and that does not include unequal knot tying like between animals and humans and adults and children. Also, the equalizing of LGBT rights, leads to no increase of that group too. With or without marriage, the percentage of LGBT members will remain the same, because we can’t decide on who we are by natural default. Arfel Tayona, a Filipino biologist and friend of mine said: “Homosexuality is the result of successful species in evolution.” And we have many successful species; more than 1500 to be precise, and they for sure do not chose consciously their sexuality.

 

Now, still some organizations or belief systems will still argue against it, yet that is not a reason to make their reasoning the default setting of the world or the country. If I am a member of a certain organization, and it prohibits me to marry the same sex, so let it be, as it will still be my free will to follow that doctrine as a member. Yet nonmembers should not be involved in those terms and conditions. LGBT rights, and basically they should even just be called adult rights, in their default setting should not act as a force, but as a platform, a possibility to choose weather one wants to take advantage of it or not. Heterosexual marriage has also never lead to a 100% following of it. And even heterosexual people can marry; they don’t even bother, out of their own reasons of choice.

 

Further, many LGBT members are reluctant to demand full rights, because they think being legal with their sexuality is enough, or the fear of rejection by family or friends. Well let me say that every fear is understandable, yet equal rights will lead to even stronger family rights and protection. Children LGBT people will enjoy full protection and the right to be adopted by the partner the single parent married.

And regarding the minors within the LGBT community, anti-discrimination and bullying laws will protect those people growing up.

 

The US now same sex marriage is a constitutional right. Now thousands of Filipinos abroad can secure their partnership. When a foreigner marries straight in The Philippines, he or she receives a visa securing the stay with its spouse. For same sex couples there is no security yet.

 

We as BUS-Philippines want to do more than make statements; we want to reach the grassroots, the LGBT community in the most vulnerable places, and you as an individual can to similar. Helping one person helps a life. Stop bullying by stepping in-between, stop discrimination by stepping in-between, stop suppression by lifting up. We all have at least one LGBT member within our families, or friends or colleagues; show him or her that we care, accept and respect THE HUMAN.

 

I am Thomas Fleckner, chairman of BUS-Philippines

 

Also please watch this media broadcast by Coconut TV Manila:

 

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Media broadcast statements, Sunny Garcia and Thomas Fleckner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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