Damage control mode: Joy Belmonte to meet with QC Pride Council over implementation of ‘Gender Fair’ ordinance

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is on damage control mode after a transgender woman experienced discrimination at a mall in Cubao despite the existence of the so called “Gender Fair” ordinance.

Belmonte said she will meet with the Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC) on Friday regarding the ordinance’s implementation.

The mayor acknowledged that the meeting was the result of the humiliation suffered by Gretchen Diez for trying to use the female restroom at Farmer’s Plaza earlier this week.
“Makasisiguro kayo na lalo pa nating paiigtingin at pagbubutihin ang pagpapatupad ng Gender Fair Ordinance para hindi na maulit ang diskriminasyon na naranasan ni Gretchen Diez,” she said.

The Gender Fair ordinance prohibits all kinds of discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community.

Aside from the establishment of gender-neutral toilets, Belmonte said the meeting will tackle other ways to ensure that the rights of LGBTQ+ are respected, including gender sensitivity training workshops for private offices and establishments.

“Mahalagang ituro ang tungkol sa sexual orientation, at gender identity and expression (SOGIE) para maiwasan ang diskriminasyon,” said Belmonte.