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Netherlands Ambassador Robert Brinks
Citing the pink support

in PHILIPPINES, 16/06/2013

How the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Philippines is a paragon worth spotlighting as far as promoting equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community particularly in the Philippines is concerned.

As the world marks June as the Pride Month, citing the staunch supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community particularly in the Philippines becomes essential, if only to highlight who has been at the fore of promoting equal rights for all. And here, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Philippines is a paragon worth spotlighting.

In an email interview with Outrage Magazine, Tatine G. Faylona, senior political and cultural affairs officer of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, said that while – nowadays – the Netherlands Embassy “regrets that there is no LGBT activity that we are able to support” because it has, since August 2011, been focusing on preventing and combatting human trafficking, hence its resources are likewise focused on this issue, it nonetheless continues to “follow developments in the LGBT community, especially as regards progress in the anti-discrimination law that seeks to incorporate respect for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights. We have close cooperation with key local NGOs which send us updates on latest developments.”

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