GMA News reported on Tuesday (September 30) that the Quezon City Council has approved an ordinance that bans discrimination against LGBT individuals. According to the report, the ordinance was passed unanimously after an eight-hour session attended by more than 30 councilors.
The ordinance that was approved expands on the initial draft from 2003, which was largely focused on employment issues. Aside from sanctions for violating the ordinance, the version approved on Monday designates venues for educating key people about the rights of LGBT individuals.
In an interview with GMA News, Ging Cristobal, project coordinator for the Asia Pacific region of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and vice chairperson of the Quezon City Pride Council, explained that, "Sa employment, ang gusto nila, ma-inform ang employees na merong karapatan ang LGBT persons. In fact, isa sa pinakamaganda dito, yung dapat yung mga establishments, ay magkaroon ng rest room for transpeople."
After the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the ordinance is drafted by the council, establishments in Quezon City will be directed to assign a rest room "for all genders, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression."
Cristobal added, "Ang maganda dito is the inclusion of gender expression, and this can apply to any person, even heterosexuals, pwede nila magamit itong ordinansa. Halimbawa yung isang babae na medyo masculine ang presentation niya, nadidiscriminate din sila [whether or not they identify as part of the LGBT community.] Kasi sabi daw pang LGBT lang, sabi namin hindi, pasok din ang heterosexual, ang lahat ng tao."
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