QC expands healthcare services for LGBTQIA+ community

The Quezon City government said on Monday, 10 June, it is expanding healthcare access and services for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intesex, Asexual community.

448156681_1719618648807784_3520377352771292175_n.jpeg(TLF Share Collective Executive Director Tacing Marasigan and Mayor Joy Belmonte)

Mayor Joy Belmonte and TLF Share Collective Executive Director Tacing Marasigan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aiming to establish a transgender health program that is responsive to the health disparities of the community.

The TLF Share Collective is a renowned community-led human rights and HIV response civil society organization (CSO).

According to the LGU, many transgender Filipinos across the country still struggle with inadequate access to essential health services like gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT), HIV and STI services, and other unique healthcare due to the absence of trans-focused policies, programs, and clinics. 

The city government added that the partnership further advances the health and rights services of transgenders.

"The ceremonial signing marks not only the beginning of this vital collaboration but also a significant leap towards the progressive realization of transgender and gender-diverse people's right to health. This is evidence of Quezon City’s fulfillment of health and care for all," the city government said.