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QC crisis center to help battered gays

in PHILIPPINES, 25/10/2012

An ordinance backed by 26 councilors and approved on final reading on Monday called for the extension of medical, legal or psychological assistance to members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) community who fall victim to abuses, harassment and discrimination, through an existing crisis center for battered women and maltreated children.

The center, which was created under a 1997 ordinance, is being run by the Office of the Vice Mayor at Quezon City General Hospital. The new ordinance basically expands its coverage to include LGBTs.

In the new measure, the councilors cited “a need for a protection center which will cater not only to women but every person who suffered gender-based violence and abuse.”

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, a lead proponent, added in an Inquirer interview: “We noticed that not only women are victims of gender-based crimes but also members of the LGBT community. They also get battered and discriminated against. So why not extend the service to them?”

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