ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 3 (PIA) – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community in the city is pushing for the passage of the anti-discrimination city ordinance that will empower their community to have equal rights and prohibit discrimination during a gathering held recently in Garden Orchid Hotel.
Alvin Fernandez, president of the LGBT Federation of Zamboanga City said it is high time the community should stand up. “We do not like want discrimination to remain a part of our culture,” he said.
The Zamboanga City Government under Mayor Beng Climaco meanwhile supports the aspirations of the LGBT community. It is for this reason that the City Government’s Gender and Development (GAD) unit held the gathering dubbed “Celebrating Pride, Equality, Colors and Diversity” this morning in celebration of Pride Month.
Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Rommel Agan highlighted that the city will support the LGBT community and recognized that members of this sector have talents which can contribute to the city’s development. Although there is still no law that will specifically protect the rights of the LGBT, the city ordinance will be a start in developing more concrete acceptance to the community, Agan said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Norman Baloro of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), one of the special guests during the forum commended the city for conducting the activity. Baloro is also a member of the LGBT community and admitted that they continue to be victims of discrimination.
All over the country, different sectors already recognize the LGBT community, giving them more opportunities to grow and be productive in their own fields. Commissioner Baloro encourages the community that the fight for anti-discrimination will be needing support from them and they need advocates to share more awareness.
He also guaranteed that the national government will give its full respect and acceptance and will give the LGBT more opportunities to access education, health, social programs. (EDT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)
Source: PIA Feed