After high-key saying that being gay is a disease in a speech during an economic forum in Japan, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte held a thanksgiving dinner for members of LGBT Pilipinas, Inc. on Dec. 17. He also headed the oath-taking of the organization’s national officers.
LGBT Pilipinas, Inc. is a non-government organization that fights for the Anti-Discrimination Act and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.
President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a thanksgiving party in Malacañang for members of the LGBT community led by Gretchen Diez, the transgender woman who earlier figured in a controversy after she tried to enter a female toilet at a mall in Quezon City. https://t.co/cfJFLyGa0i pic.twitter.com/OsyURYWsXT
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During the party, Duterte mentioned that he recently signed an executive order institutionalizing the Diversity and Inclusion program and creating an inter-agency diversity and inclusion committee.
Among the attendees was Gretchen Diez, the trans woman who was discriminated for entering a female restroom in Quezon City. The incident sparked discussions on creating separate restrooms catering to trans people. Businessman Joel Cruz and singer Sephy Francisco were also present at the event.[Inquirer.net]
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