Free for all! LGBT desks to be found in QC police stations soon

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The Quezon City local government is supporting the establishment of lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) desks in police stations.

The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution supporting House Bill 2952 which seeks to establish LGBT Help and Protection Desks in police stations nationwide.

Authored by City Councilor Lena Marie Juico, City Resolution 7426-2018 states that “LGBT members are becoming targets of discrimination and violence which affect their economic, social, and physiological well-being.”

“In spite of this reality, there is an absence of government mechanism or intervention directed to monitor, let alone address, the incidents of discrimination and even violence against the Filipino LGBT community,” Juico said.

Through House Bill 2952, the LGBT desks are set up in each police station that act on all cases involving crimes against chastity, sexual harassment, and abuses committed against LGBTs in the country.

The Philippine National Police is also tasked to ensure the gender neutrality of its human resource processes, from the recruitment and selection to the promotion and deployment of police officers.

House Bill 2952 also seeks to create a police organization that is able and eager to respond to any criminal or emergency incident, regardless of the gender orientation of the people involved. (PNA)