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QC Mayor creates pioneering gay initiative

in PHILIPPINES, 05/04/2013

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has created the “QC pride council’’ that will oversee the integration of all city programs and projects for the lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)community.

The “QC pride council’’ which is a pioneering initiative of the mayor highlights the city government’s continuing support for the implementation and enforcement of gender-based policies, programs and activities. Bautista said that body will be headed by movie and television director Soxie Topacio. The body will also spearhead cultural, arts, film, sports and educational campaigns that are responsive to the needs and concerns of the LGBT community. 

Crisaldo Pablo and Jesse Pauline Solis have been designated as council vice chairmen while members include city health officer Dr. Antonieta Inumerable; Maria Stella Indiongco, representing the office of the mayor; Erwin Joselito Ulanday, president of the QC Hall Gay Employees’ Association; Danton Remoto, representing Ladlad partylist; Dante Tabuñar, of the city’s public affairs and information services office; Rica Paras, of Transgender Association-STRAP; Romrico Luga, of Trippers Philippines; Rev. Cresencio Agbayani, Jr.; entrepreneur Wilbert Tolentino; Socorro Carmelyn  de Vera, of the office of the mayor; and Rhomel Espaldon, representing the QC environmental protection and waste management department. 

Aside from the creation of the QC pride council, the city also operates a one-stop-shop QC protection center for victims and survivors of gender-based violence and abuse in the city, that includes not only women and children but LGBTs as well. 

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