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Belmonte to pursue gender-responsive measures

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Quezon City Mayor-elect Joy Belmonte on Thursday vowed to continue pursuing gender-responsive measures to protect and preserve the city residents’ rights regardless of their sexual orientation.

Belmonte’s statement and her promise to prioritize gender and development programs is in line with this year’s celebration of Pride Month.

“In the new administration, we will definitely continue our commitment to making Quezon City a safe space that respects the rights of all people,” Belmonte said.

She said the city government would continue to institutionalize laws that outlaw discrimination on the basis of gender preference and punish harassment of any kind.

“I think it’s important that we highlight the programs of Quezon City in this regard because, to me, the celebration of Pride Month is a call to local government leaders to take action,” Belmonte said. “When we say we are proud and that we respect the members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, it shouldn’t end with this month, or with the upcoming Pride March.”

The 2019 Metro Manila Pride March is slated for June 29.

Quezon City is the first local government to pass an ordinance aimed at guaranteeing the rights of members of the LGBT community in the workplace, in schools, in accommodation, and in accessing basic services.

The Gender-Fair City ordinance legislates supportive acts for the cause, such as conducting gender-sensitivity training, commemorating LGBT events, adding gender options for sexual orientation in forms, disseminating anti-discrimination materials in communities, schools, and workplaces.

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