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WATCH: LGBTQ+ students march as true selves in QC ‘Graduation Rights’, Michelle Abad
WATCH: LGBTQ+ students march as true selves in QC ‘Graduation Rights’
In a special LGU-organized ceremony, students who were barred from graduating with their preferred gender expression are given a chance to freely march the way they want to

MANILA, Philippines – Not every Filipino gets to express who they truly are when they march on their graduation day.

In a special ceremony in Quezon City, the dress code is: Come as you are.

Despite a 2017 Department of Education order directing schools to respect students’ sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), reports of students from different parts of the country experiencing dress code-related discrimination in graduation ceremonies have still surfaced.

On Saturday, June 22, some 394 students and graduates of all ages marched in a Quezon City local government-organized ceremony called “Graduation Rights,” where students who were discriminated against for their SOGIE in their respective schools’ graduation ceremonies had the chance to march wearing whatever felt right to them.

Watch the report here. –

Reporter: Michelle Abad
Production specialist: Ulysis Pontanares
Editor: JP San Pedro
Producer: Jaira Roxas
Supervising producer: Beth Frondoso

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Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a multimedia reporter at Rappler. She covers the rights of women and children, migrant Filipinos, and labor.