Mark Andrie Seguerra

In a groundbreaking move towards promoting inclusivity and equal rights, Quezon City has introduced the innovative 'Right to Care' card, aimed at empowering the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) couples and ensuring their access to various services and benefits. 

Photo Courtesy of Mayor Joy Belmonte

The 'Right to Care' card is a landmark project initiated by the Quezon City government to address the unique challenges faced by same-sex couples. It serves as a tangible proof of recognition and support, granting couples access to an array of privileges and assistance. From medical services to social welfare programs, the card acts as a key to unlocking comprehensive care and support systems for LGBTQIA+ couples residing in Quezon City.

Mayor Joy Belmonte, a staunch advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, "The 'Right to Care' card is a significant step towards creating an inclusive city where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feels valued and protected. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and ensuring that every member of the LGBTQIA+ community has access to the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts."

The initiative has garnered widespread praise from LGBTQIA+ rights organizations, community leaders, and activists nationwide. It serves as a shining example of Quezon City's commitment to fostering an environment of acceptance, understanding, and respect for all its residents.

The groundbreaking efforts in Quezon City have also spurred other Local Government Units (LGUs) to take significant strides in supporting the rainbow community. The collective efforts of these LGUs highlight a nationwide movement towards embracing diversity and ensuring the rights and well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

As the 'Right to Care' card initiative gains momentum, Quezon City remains at the forefront of LGBTQIA+ rights in the Philippines. With its trailblazing efforts and other LGUs joining the cause, the nation takes a significant step forward in its journey toward creating a society where everyone can live with dignity and without discrimination.

The 'Right to Care' card and the various initiatives undertaken by LGUs nationwide signal a promising era of progress and acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Philippines. It is a testament to the power of collective action and the unwavering commitment to building a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.

Edited by Lorraine Angel Inday