The City Government will open the first ‘all-gender Comfort room’ next week to accommodate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgerder (LGBT) community.

The restroom will be located at the Sangguniang Panlungsod building.

Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag said the all-gender comfort room is seen to reduce discrimination against people who have other gender preferences. The city has an anti-discrimination ordinance.

“We are just finalizing the signage, anytime next week we will launch it. It will be placed on the ground floor,” Al-ag said.

He said that it is time to put up the all-gender comfort room, citing last year’s incident where a transgender woman figured in a heated altercation with another woman who felt ‘uncomfortable’ with her presence.

“Following our anti-discrimination ordinance, it will be an opportunity for the LGBT community not to be discriminated against with this all-gender comfort room,” Al-ag said.

Al-ag said that the Sanguniang Panglungsod should serve as the avenue for the LGBT community to express their gender preference without being discriminated against.

Under the anti-discrimination ordinance of the city, Dabawenyos are prohibited from discriminating against people based on gender, religion, life status and others.

Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte has also proposed an amendment to the ordinance to include the health status of a person, following reports that some workers were dismissed from their work because they have Hepatitis B. CIO

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