‘The Judiciary Walks with Pride’

Published June 26, 2022, 11:10 AM

by Rey Panaligan 

Supreme Court (SC)

The Supreme Court (SC) celebrates “Pride Month” this month of June with a program dubbed “The Judiciary Walks with Pride.”

The highlight of the program, which will start after its flag-raising ceremony on Monday, June 27, is the signing of the “Wall of Pride” to be led by Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo and the 14 other SC justices.

All other courts in the country have been encouraged by the SC to stage their own way of celebrating “Pride Month” in their areas.

June is “Pride Month” when the world’s members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities “come together and celebrate the freedom to be who they are.”

The SC’s program is spearheaded by its Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary (CGRJ) which is chaired by Associate Justice Amy C. Lazaro Javier.

The opening remarks will be delivered by Justice Javier. Mr. Sam Chittick, country representative of The Asia Foundation, and Ambassador Steven J. Robinson of the Commonwealth of Australia, will also deliver their messages.

Chief Justice Gesmundo will deliver his message. Thereafter, the signing of the “Wall of Pride” will be conducted.

After the signing, Associate Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting – CGRJ vice chairperson – will deliver the closing remarks.

Court Administrator Raul B. Villanueva, whose office supervises all lower courts for the SC, said that trial courts have been allowed “to have their own simple ‘pride event’ to celebrate, without much fanfare, self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights, aspirations, and pride of LGBTQIA+ community.”

“Those interested or concerned may consider having their own simple programs with appropriate messages and expressions of commitment after the flag raising ceremonies in their respective stations. However, such activities should not go beyond 10:00 o’clock in the morning of 27 June 2022 for the courts still have to proceed with their scheduled hearings and official court activities for the rest of the day,” Villanueva said in his circular to trial court judges.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has reminded that ”LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights.”

“With our rainbow flags raised high, let’s continue the fight to end discrimination and harassment based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,” the CHR stressed.

 
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