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LGBTs observes civil rights march

In commemoration of the Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March, leaders and members of Cebu Rainbow LGBT, Amnesty International Philippines-Cebu, Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex and equal rights advocates of different genders, schools, and sectors gathered at the Asian College of Technology gymnasium yesterday afternoon.\n

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28th April 2012 09:29

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

With the theme, “Asserting Civil Rights for All through the Cebu City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance,” the event upheld the idea of not just the LGBT community leading and living in an equal and discrimination-free society, but also the senior citizens, people who belong to different ethnic groups and religion, and those who have disabilities.

“Kung wala’y mubuhat ani karon, kanus-a pa man (If nobody does it now, then when)?” said Magdalena Robinson, president of the Cebu Rainbow LGBT, referring to the ordinance.

With the assistance and support of Cebu City Councilors Alvin Dizon, Margarita Osmeña, Ma. Nida Cabrera, Lea Ouano-Japson, Jun Pe and John Philip Po II, the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance was drafted. It is now pending at the Cebu City Council.

According to Dizon, the ordinance has been filed earlier this year and the proposed measure received support from different sectors, including the Muslim community.

Dizon said before the month of July, the ordinance would be deliberated on for final approval.

Dizon also added that when the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance will be approved, Cebu City will be the first city in the country to create such a measure.