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Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in this city expressed support to the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (Sogie) Bill, which is currently pending at the Senate. Led by the Iloilo Pride Team, some 20 LGBT members gathered at Barangay Barrio Obrero Gym in Lapuz District on Saturday, where apart from calling for the passage of the anti-discrimination bill, the group also conducted team-building and workshops aimed at boosting their camaraderie and hone their leadership skills. One of the outputs of the participants include a short video presentation, which is a compilation of LGBT advocates’ messages pushing for the bill’s passage. Justin Francis Bionat, Iloilo Pride Team chairperson, stressed that the LGBT community in Iloilo is “accepted, but it does not stop there. We still want to have an actual law that can protect the members of the LGBT community.”

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