The novel coronavirus pandemic magnifies existing inequalities experienced by single lesbian parents in the Philippines. While single parents already face huge challenges with having to combine work and care for children, dealing with inadequate income and social security, lack of childcare facilities, and debt, the unrecognized subgroup of lesbian single parents also have to deal with the detriments of a heterosexist and homophobic society. Reflecting on the countries’ existing Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE)-related single parent policies and possible inclusive strategies that may address such vulnerabilities, an analysis is done on the concerns faced by Filipino lesbian women who parent their children alone during the pandemic. Arguments are made for a three-prong COVID-19-SOGIE inclusive policy that covers anti-discrimination, lesbian single parent concession, and gender-sensitive responses to prevent social exclusion, discrimination, and stigmatization during COVID-19.
Biana, Hazel T. and Domingo, Rosallia
Lesbian Single Parents: Reviewing Philippine COVID-19 Policies.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(12), 135-147.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss12/8