OutRight Leads LGBTIQ Workshop for Government Agencies on IDAHOT in the Philippines

As part of the IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) celebration of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Philippines, Ging Cristobal of OutRight was invited to give a lecture to government agencies such as Public Attorney’s Office, Office of the Ombudsman, National Council of Disability Affairs, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, Government Service Insurance System, civil Service Commission, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the Philippines Statistic Authority.

The 2-hour lecture was focused on issues concerning sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) particularly on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in the Philippines as a way to help government agencies review and include SOGIE and LGBTI issues in to their annual gender and development (GAD) plans.

Ging Cristobal, OutRight’s Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands, commented:

The lecture was interactive and while I saw participants listening attentively, taking notes, and asking questions I can’t help but feel elated that hopefully through thess kinds of engagements, relevant and permanent inclusion of the concerns of LGBTIQ persons will really be implemented into these government agencies.