- April 23rd, 2012
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City Councilor Alvin Dizon said they are currently holding consultations with different sectors on the proposed Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
The proposed ordinance he said not only cover lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) but also covers senior citizens, Muslims and the differently abled.
Dizon made the pitch for the proposed Anti-discrimination Ordinance in his speech during the Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March last Saturday at the Asian College of Technology gym.
The Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March is a simultaneous event in 32 cities all over the world. In the Philppines, it was also celebrated in Quezon, Bacolod and Isabela.
The councilor said they hope to have the proposed ordinance passed by the local legislature before the celebration of the International Human Rights Day on December 10 this year.
Co-sponsors of the proposed ordinance are Councilors Margot Osmena, Jun Pe, Nida Cabrera, Lea Japson and John Philip Bo.
“This is the first ordinance to have six proponents,” Dizon said.
They target to finish consultations and proceed with the final hearing of the ordinance in the last week of June or by the first week of July this year.
“It will be appropriate that we celebrate this year's International Human Rights Day with an anti-discrimination ordinance. We could be the first local government unit in the entire country to adopt such measure,” Dizon said.
“The LGBT rights serves as our platform to voice out, to assert for our equal rights to equal protection of the law. “ said Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex (Colors) President Magdalena Robinsons.
“I know that Cebu can make a difference, can set example, and can lead the way for other places in having a culture of respect, social justice and equality.“ Robinson said.
Colors is a transgender organization in Cebu that aims to establish a united, strong, and empowered transgender community that nurtures their well-being and welfare and rebuild a discrimination-free and equal society.
/Jose Santino Bunachita and Caryl Baylon
But what are civil rights? According to definition, Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples' physical integrity and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as physical or mental disability, gender, religion, race, national origin, age, status as a member of the uniformed services, sexual orientation, or gender identity; and individual rights such as privacy, the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and expression, religion, the press, and movement.
Then why are we celebrating this event? This LGBT Civil Rights Event gives us a platform to voice out and assert our rights to equal protection of the laws, a specific one to fight a invisible social illness called discrimination.
Why fight discrimination? So simple, because it is a negative attitude, a bad value, and an ill behavior, that can be remedied through penalization as a reminder, a reprimand and a realization to people that their act/s committed is a bad thing.
The good thing however is that Cebu city have a pending anti-discrimination ordinance, an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, age, health status, sexual orientation and gender identity, ethnicity and religion. which is not exclusive , as it is for all people who are vulnerable to discrimination such as senior citizens, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS , straight men and women including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer, ethnic minorities or indigenous populations and of course, other faith-based organizations.
Now what can we do? Let us tell our local policy makers, our good councilors, that this is more than what we want, this is a need, a need to be secure and safe everyday in our society, a society free from discrimination. Through our signature campaign, it will give support in passing this very essential ordinance for all people. especially to us LGBTIQ sector.
And I know that Cebu can make a difference, can set example, and can lead the way for other places in having a culture of respect, social justice and equality.
Mabuhi tang tanan mga Sugbuanon og hinaot na mabulokon atong pundok paghinabi karong adlawa. Maayong Hapon!
COLORS, the premier transgender organization of the South and the Cebu Rainbow LGBT Community, a collective of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals invites you in commemorating the Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March Event – Cebu this April 21, 2012 at 3:00pm at ACT Gym, 10th Flr. ACT Bldg, Cebu City to coincide with the Civil Rights March. With this, it would be a great honor if you can grace us with your presence during this eventful day of equality and give a solidarity message of support.
The non-march event with the theme “Asserting CIVIL RIGHTS for ALL through the Cebu City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance” will mainstream LGBT issues and concerns, conveying a message to promote, protect and uphold civil rights of LGBT people, and to further push the passage of the Cebu City Anti- Discrimination Ordinance.
This is a time for strength in unity of all LGBT Equality organizations, Civil Society and Human Rights organizations, as well as all of our wonderful straight allies out there to come together and continue this momentum during this crucial period of time; the window of opportunity is about as open as it will get for the LGBT to make our voices be heard and to educate and enlighten societies and governments worldwide as to our right to live within the same laws and guarantees allowed all other segments of society. This event will do just that.
Board of Trustees
Chairman: Magdalena Robinsons
Claire Marie Pareja
President: Magdalena Robinson
Vice President: Claire Marie Pareja
Secretary: Eda Catabas
Treasurer: Syndy Sulla
Auditor: Brax Villa
Colorful Greetings to all!
Ii is my great happiness to welcome you in our website. I still can't believe how the organization evolved since its conceptualization till now that reality knocks to us and indeed really POSSIBLE! Possible that visions may turn to reality. Possible that we can take part of our own development and for the POSSIBLE change we hoped for.
I have been keeping my ideas for years, Believing that it is impossible for me to realize my bizarre thoughts in uniting the transgender and making them a community. Impossible eventually meet Possibe! Maybe it was not yet its moments then till time gave in for us. Those times these concepts were dormant wasn't a sign that we are blind, deaf and mute of our environment but a preparation for what it is now and what will become of us.
The relevance of colors to my existence is my inspiration that drives me to consider it as a representation for our difference, a difference full of challenges in the face of happiness. Colors defines us from our experiences and so our unique backgrounds. Let these colors shape us and our hopes for the future. Thus, a significant representation for our unity and for our liberation.
Let us be the light from the darkness of discrimination and inequality and start emitting our colors for CHANGE.
colors is the Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex!
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