Quezon City gives LGBTQIA+ grads a second shot at marching in epic graduation

The Quezon City government gave some 400 members of the LGBTQIA+ community the opportunity to experience a school graduation ceremony.

Nearly 400 members of the LGBTQIA+ community took center stage in a historic graduation ceremony hosted by the Quezon City government last Saturday at the Quezon City Experience (QCX) Museum.

It was a special ceremony as 394 rainbow graduates participated in the special “Graduation Rights” as part of the local government’s Pride Month celebrations.

“Ito ay espesyal na araw para sa mga miyembro ng LGBTQIA+ community dahil nabigyan sila ng pagkakataon na magbihis at mag-ayos ng naaayon sa kanilang kagustuhan,” stated the QC government.

According to officials, this special event was a pivotal moment for those who had been excluded from traditional graduation ceremonies due to their gender identity expression. Many participants shared stories of conforming to norms that didn’t align with their true selves, making this ceremony a powerful statement of inclusivity.

“Graduation rites are everyone’s rights, regardless of gender identity and expression. In Quezon City, you have the right to express your truth, no matter your sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,” said QC Mayor Joy Belmonte during the ceremony.

While the local government proudly led the way with this symbolic ceremony, Mayor Joy expressed hope that such events wouldn’t be necessary in the future and that every educational institution fosters an environment where everyone can express themselves freely.

“Hopefully in the future, we will no longer need to hold such a ceremony because all schools will be inclusive,” said Mayor Joy.