November 13, 2015
Not a convenor
I wish to put on record that Bisdak Pride, Inc., (BPI) established ten (10) long years ago, and a human rights group for persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is not a convenor of Cebuanos for Good Governance and Development (CGGD).
However, as a human rights group, we are supportive of any efforts or advocacy that relates to the advancement of the rights and welfare of various marginalize groups and individuals. Advancement of such rights can only be achieved through good governance. Good governance will lead us to inclusive growth. And inclusive growth is something we aspire for.
On the other hand, we will never prohibit any members or gender equality advocates of our organization who wish to join or support any formal or informal alliances/associations/groups that advocates for a specific issue (i.e. CGGD etc.). or issues that violates the rights of our Lumad brothers and sisters in Mindanao, oil price hike, tuition fee increase, violation of our sovereignty etc.
In fact, we highly encourage members of the LGBT community to actively participate and exercise their civil and political rights in order to advance our rights and welfare as a marginalized and oppressed sector. In that way, we indirectly advance and help craft a political and economic agenda in the context of our inherent rights.
Hence, the involvement of some of our members in any political undertaking or advocacy is a welcome development. In fact, this is a rightful and timely opportunity to ensure that political candidates, whether local or national, vying for various elective positions to examine their gender and development agenda if it includes the rights and welfare of the LGBT community.
Thank you very much.
Roxanne Omega Doron
Bisdak Pride, Inc.
Bisdak Pride, Inc.