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Sep 8, 2016
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Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will have one thing off their minds when visiting Ateneo de Davao University, as the academic institution designated "all gender" restrooms in its campus.

According to a memo by ADDU President Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., a dialogue involving administrators, teachers, students, staff—starting with members of the tertiary-level faculty—and the LGBTs aims to uphold gender sensitivity in the organization.

"The dialogue, I pray, shall foster greater insight into and understanding of the LGBT community and the needs of others who interact with it, even as I already initiate certain changes in the management of our physical plant," part of it read.

In a report by the Inquirer, Tabora clarified that the initiative isn't only in adherence to Davao's legislation condemning LGBT discrimination, "but moreso because ADDU is itself positively committed to cultural sensitivity, intercultural dialogue and cultural transformation in favor of a society that is more accepting of diversity, including gender diversity, based on a fundamental recognition of the dignity of all."

Good job, Ateneo!

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