As part of the celebration of Pride Month, the Austrian Embassy Manila held a forum entitled “LGBTQIA+ Greatness in Leadership: An Equality Talk,” a panel discussion against gender-based violence and discrimination, at the Cinema of the College’s School of Design and Arts Campus.
Austrian artist and intersex rights activist Noah Rieser, 2018 Philippine Bar Exam top-notcher Sean James Borja and Intersex Philippines members Jeff Cagandahan and Ruffi Yulo stressed the importance of legislation to protect the LGBTQIA+ community from gender prejudice.
The panelists also agreed that the continuous campaign to gender equality will stop harassment, attack and abuse. Thus, will lead to fair treatment towards the members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The symposium was part of the first MNLxVIE Equality Fest 2019, a series of activities that champions human rights and the dignity of the LGBTQIA community through creative activism.
It was held in cooperation with Benilde Hive, the first accredited lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual LGBTQIA+-oriented student organization of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.