City gov’t conducts first-ever LGBT gab PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:01

The city government of Zamboanga through the Gender and Development (GAD) conducted for the first time a forum on the rights and issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in this part of the country last Monday at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar complex.

Anchored on the 11th Speak Out Zamboanga Forum with the theme “Mainstreaming LGBT rights and issues in Zamboanga,” the activity gathered more or less 100 participants representing the different LGBT groups from school-based to community-based and the workforce in the city.

The Speak Out Zamboanga Forum is a platform for Zamboanga youth engagement that challenges the young to be more proactive and demand greater accountability.

It is one of the programs assisted by the United States Assistance for International Development’s (USAID) ENGAGE.

Christian Olasiman, an executive assistant to the city mayor and lead convener of SpeakOutZambo Forum, said the participants had discussed various issues and concerns of the LGBT sector in the city.

He said the participants also identified programs, activities and projects that form part of the [LGBT] agenda for the Zamboanga City LGBT Alliance organized during Monday’s forum.

Prof. Kiko Miranda and Prof. Jason Sabdilon, both from Ateneo University, and Ulysses Tolentino, a Zamboangueño “transofficer” of the Love Yourself, Inc., a nongovernment organization based in Manila, served as resource speakers.— Vic Larato