Leo Fernandez Almero
Emerson Electric [Asia] Limited
Leo Rey Almero (He, him, his) is the Counsel and Data Protection Officer of the regional operating headquarters in the Philippines of Emerson Electric (Asia) Limited, a multinational engineering services company registered in Hong Kong. As a legal and human resources professional, he advocates for the rights of the LGBTQ within Emerson, advises the leadership of Emerson LGBT+StraightAllies, and represents Emerson in the Philippine Financial Industry Pride together with another human resources manager. Mr. Almero is also a published writer.
「 The Transpinays: Migrating Bodies, Identities, and Sexualizations 」
As interlocution [to Dr. Alegre’s thesis], we look at the shortcomings of the Philippine legal system in addressing the violence transpinays experience. In privileged middle class transpinays who can afford quality education in efforts to overcome the systems that continually fail them, we see academic structures restricting their gender expression through non-affirming dress restrictions. Even when transpinays have, in a sense, emancipated themselves by escaping a restrictive society through migration, when they come back, they continue to encounter the violence they had sought to escape, as when in Silverio v. Republic, the Supreme Court relied on procedural and substantive law to deny Silverio’s gender identity. When transpinays who enjoy positions of privilege experience violence, much more is experienced by those in the margins of society. While trans panic has not been considered as a valid argument for self-defense, it is nonetheless recognized as a mitigating circumstance that lowers penalties against trans aggressors. Such recognition of trans panic necessarily reflects a culture that normalizes and rationalizes violence against transpinays.