The Quezon City Council this week approved a city ordinance banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) individuals.
The ordinance, principally authored by First District Councilor Mayen Juico, was passed unanimously after a marathon eight-hour session last Monday that was attended by more than 30 city councilors.
It expanded a 2003 resolution that centered on discrimination of homosexuals in terms of employment only.
Other than sanctions for those who violate the ordinance, the new city-wide ordinance also provides venues to educate employers and educators on the rights of LGBT individuals.
Under the new ordinance, establishments will be directed to designate a comfort room that can be used by all genders, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE).
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said the ordinance will protect the rights of the LGBT, adding that their empowerment will pave the way for increased productivity.
“There are many LGBT [people]in our city, and I believe they are such a strong and important force in our city’s progress and development,” Belmonte noted.
“Sa tingin ko, kapag mas ma-empower pa natin sila, mas maipapakita pa natin sa kanila na sila ay ating minamahal, mas magiging productive sila [I think that if we empower them, we also show how much we love them, and they will become more productive]. There’s so much they can do for the city if we help them,” she said.
The ordinance will be implemented after Implementing Rules and Regulations are drafted by the city council.