The Manila city government last week passed an ordinance penalizing discrimination against gays, lesbians, transgenders, queers and intersex individuals, collectively known as LGBTQI community.
Ordinance 8695, or the Manila LGBTQI Protection Ordinance of 2020, defined discrimination as “distinction, exclusion, restriction or other differential treatment directly or indirectly based on [Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression] SOGIE [which can nullify or impair] the recognition, enjoyment or exercise on an equal footing of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights.”
Mayor Isko Moreno in a speech gave recognition to the community’s contribution to business, arts and government.
“There will be long, painstaking processes… we need to achieve, but the very least that we can do for you is that our local government be with you,” he said.
Manila joins several other cities in approving anti-discrimination laws.