Sex shouldn't be assigned at birth, says SOGIE bill advocate

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Posted at Aug 20 2019 04:45 PM

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MANILA - An advocate of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill on Tuesday said the gender of a child should not be assigned at birth.

"In our case as trans people, as a transwoman I was assigned male at birth. It was incorrect, it was just a guess and it was a wrong guess. Sex assignment is predictive, it is not final," Lagablab LGBT Network's Naomi Fontanos said during a Senate committee hearing on the measure.

Fontanos said that in some countries, parents have the option to put an "X" or a "double dash" on the child's sex information.

James Montilla Doble of UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies explained that sexual orientation refers to a person's emotional, affectionate and sexual attraction to different genders.

Gender identity is how a person perceives themselves internally, gender expression as how they present themselves, while sex characteristics refer to chromosomes, genitals, hormones and reproductive organs.