Providing equal rights for everyone - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Providing equal rights for everyone

Posted: Updated:

Whether it's in the workplace, at school, or out in public, it's a battle no doubt that many in the LGBT community face the challenge of equal rights very day. A measure was tackled today that hopes to bring some much needed resolve when it comes to gender identity.

"They are teachers attorneys, chefs, veterans, clergy, government workers, students, brothers, fathers," explained Lasia Casil. "Fanoghe is not just for straight people, it's for everyone." On Monday, members of the LGBT community met with Senators to discuss Bill 164. Introduced in August by Senator Joe San Agustin and Speaker Benjamin Cruz, the bill would clarify the definition of "sex", to protect trans and other gender identities.

Casil, co founder of ISA LGBT Guam and Guam Pride, cites cultural barriers and daily discrimination that has forced many to leave island. "They want to be a part of Guam but they're persecuted on a daily basis," she explained.  "The interesting thing we found out about Guam compared to national statistics is that there are zero instances of LGBT discrimination we are either living on Paradise or there's a real fear of coming forward."

"There's a real fear deeply ingrained we don't confront this it's family we don't want to bring shame it's a real cultural thing."

Scarlett Dixon, a transgender woman, as well, says even though it seems the tough times are long gone, acceptable societal norms still push out her fellow sisters. "The island culture is more accepting than it was 10 years ago, 20 years ago," she told KUAM News.  "I have not been discriminated in the bathroom, I have not dealt with a lot of the issues my other friends have dealt with..

"Because if one of my sisters has a deep voice, they're treated differently than I am, they can't use the restroom - but I can."

Bill 164 hopes to clarify the language for the LGBT community. University of Guam professor Ron McNinch is proudly in support of this bill, but suggested a referee for enforcement, and that sex offenders be the exemption to the rule, saying, "Worried about men that are sex offenders the wolf in sheep's clothing time going into a female restroom, shower room, claiming to be of another gender and using and exploiting the genuine civil rights purposes of this law."

Despite this concern, Dixon was grateful and hopeful for the future, where the LGBT community will find a home on Guam, saying, "This legislature has been the first legislature to have compassion towards the LGBT community."

Compassion and another step towards equal rights for all.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Find awesome deals on the Shop Guam app

    Find awesome deals on the Shop Guam app

    It's the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific, and it's back just in time for your holiday shopping needs. Take advantage of the over 300 offers and discounts during the Guam Visitors Bureau 6th Annual Shop Guam e-Festival. The campaign kicked off earlier this month and runs through February 2018. Download the Shop Guam mobile app, available on both iOS and Android Devices, for more information.More >>
    It's the biggest shopping event in the Western Pacific, and it's back just in time for your holiday shopping needs. Take advantage of the over 300 offers and discounts during the Guam Visitors Bureau 6th Annual Shop Guam e-Festival. The campaign kicked off earlier this month and runs through February 2018. Download the Shop Guam mobile app, available on both iOS and Android Devices, for more information.More >>
  • GFD back up to 8 operable ambulances

    GFD back up to 8 operable ambulances

    They respond to thousands of calls a year. With that being said, mechanical failures will happen from time to time, but the Guam Fire Department is back up to 8 ambulances serving the island daily. According to Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas, currently there are 2 that are serving as back up and 3 that are still undergoing repairs. "There's a rare occurrence that multiple units go down at the same time mostly for the same reasons- which is really air con units in the patient compar...More >>
    They respond to thousands of calls a year. With that being said, mechanical failures will happen from time to time, but the Guam Fire Department is back up to 8 ambulances serving the island daily. According to Fire Chief Joey San Nicolas, currently there are 2 that are serving as back up and 3 that are still undergoing repairs. "There's a rare occurrence that multiple units go down at the same time mostly for the same reasons- which is really air con units in the patient compar...More >>
  • Government wants full payment from Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho

    Government wants full payment from Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho

    It's a $750 wedding ring, but its significance and meaning, priceless. While Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho is serving life behind bars, the government argues he's not being held fully accountable for his crimes. Five years ago, Camacho kidnapped and raped Monique Baza after she made a quick run to the bakery for bread. Though it's a minimal amount for the ring that was never recovered, defense has motioned to waive restitution.  The government, in its response this week, argued ...More >>
    It's a $750 wedding ring, but its significance and meaning, priceless. While Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho is serving life behind bars, the government argues he's not being held fully accountable for his crimes. Five years ago, Camacho kidnapped and raped Monique Baza after she made a quick run to the bakery for bread. Though it's a minimal amount for the ring that was never recovered, defense has motioned to waive restitution.  The government, in its response this week, argued ...More >>
Powered by Frankly