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IM GLAD: Advocating equal rights in Muslim Mindanao

in PHILIPPINES, 27/02/2014

Initiative and Movement for Gender Liberation against Discrimination (IM GLAD) is the pioneering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization for the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Headed by Bagodatu "Bhags" Mabang Zacaria, a Maguindanaon, it was convened by LGBT members of the Young Advocates of Peace and Solidarity.

Formed in December 10, 2008, Initiative and Movement for Gender Liberation against Discrimination (IM GLAD) is the pioneering lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization for the provinces of North Cotabato and Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Currently headed by Bagodatu “Bhags” Mabang Zacaria, a Maguindanaon, IM GLAD was convened by LGBT members of the Young Advocates of Peace and Solidarity.

Empowered by his trainings on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE), Bhags focused on organizing LGBT out-of-school youth, students and young professionals. IM GLAD started with around 100 members from Cotabato City area.

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