Board member proposes 'Iloilo Province LGBT Pride Day'

FIFTH District Board Member Carol-V S. Espinosa-Diaz has proposed an ordinance declaring the first day of June every year as the "Iloilo Province LGBT Pride Day."

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

Espinosa cited that in June 2017, the United Nations through the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution to appoint an "independent expert" to find the causes of violence and discrimination against people due to their gender identity.

She added that in Iloilo Province, the LGBT community and its members are "considered active partners towards community development," and "a dynamic group of talented, creative and empowered citizens with equal human rights."

"LGBT Pride Day is the positive stance against discrimination and violence towards LGBT people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity and equal rights; increase their visibility as a social group; build community; and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance," Espinosa said.

A committee will be formed comprising different representative from LGBT Organizations from different barangays to carry out the one-dimensional activity in the grassroot.

The activity shall be funded annually and shall be included in the province's Gender and Development fund.

Espinosa also proposed a resolution "Expressing Grave Concern and Strong Condemnation at All Acts of Violence and Discrimination Committed Against all Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." (PR)


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