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TLF Share, PANTAY, QC health dept assemble youth, LGBTs

A community assembly that discussed the health and rights situation of the youth and LGBTs in Quezon City was held on September 7 and 21, and attended by concerned youth and LGBT organizations, barangays, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

TLF Share organized the assembly in partnership with Philippine Anti-Discrimination Alliance of Youth Leaders (PANTAY) and the Quezon City Health Department, and with the support of the Global Fund's Matching Fund for Human Rights granted to the Philippines.

Other civil society groups in attendance included Action for Health Initiatives, HIV and AIDS Support House, and AIDS Society of the Philippines.

Discussions during the assembly included the basic information on HIV and AIDS, the status of the country's HIV epidemic, Republic Act 11166 or the new HIV and AIDS Policy Act, and SOGIE. The event also served as venue for stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities in accessing available HIV-related services in Quezon City by the youth and LGBTs, as well as strategies to strengthen partnership and collaboration among duty bearers and key populations.

Outputs from these discussions will be presented to Mayor Joy Belmonte and other champions in Quezon City.

(This story combines two posts on TLF Share Facebook page, September 22 and October 1, 2019. Photo Credit: Aivan Alvarez)

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