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In historic stride to equality, the Quezon City Council passed in Second Reading the first anti-discrimination ordinance that specifically tackles the issues confronting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community.

QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, presiding over the City Council, said “Pinapatunayan ng Konseho ng Lungsod Quezon and kakayahan nitong manguna at magsilbing halimbawwa sa lahat pang mga konseho sa bansa, na kung gugustuhin, ay kayang kilalanin at bigyang katuparan ang pagsisimula ng pinapangarap nating pagkakapantay-pantay. Sa Quezon City, patas ang lahat!”

(Quezon City has one again proven its capacity to lead and serve as an example to all other local governments, that with political will, we would be able to realize the equality that everyone has long hoped for. In Quezon City, everyone stands equal.)

The proposed ordinance coincides with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution passed last 26 September 2014, expressing grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender indentity in which the Philippines is one of the 25 signatories.

Dubbed as the QC Gender Fair Ordinance authored by Councilor Mayen Juico, ensures non-discrimination in the workplace, in education, in access to basic services, and accommodation.

Vice Mayor Belmonte furthered, “The LGBT community has been a significant partner in ensuring the success of Quezon City. While contributing on various arenas – politics, arts, business, sciences, education, among others – they have long been ignored, their rights unrecognized, and worse they are often discriminated against. This is the City’s way to protect its citizens by saying no to discrimination."

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