FOR the first time, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) issued a policy through Administrative Order 21 – ACA, series of 2022, allowing LGBTQ students to wear their preferred uniform in school.
The order allows a gay student to wear the boy’s uniform, or the girl’s uniform.
PLM approved the proposal in October, two months after the student council and the PLM’s Propaganda Organization, a pro-LGBTQ group, proposed it in August.
The school issued the memorandum October 26, incorporating a new set of guidelines concerning uniforms. PLM President Emmanuel Leyco, signed it on October 26.
“Matagal po nilang pinaglaban since yung member po ng PLM Propaganda and other SSC, pumunta po talaga sila sa Manila City hall para kumuha ng support,” said Justine Caminos, a student of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.
“‘Yung sa anti-discrimination ordinance po ni Yorme [Former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno] before. ‘Yun po yung parang ginawa nilang guide and kumuha po sila ng support para ma-approve ‘yung appeal na payagan kaming mga LGBT[Q] na isuot ‘yung uniform na kung saan kami komportable,” Caminos added.
Just like the other members of LGBTQ sector inside the campus, Caminos felt fulfilled upon the implementation of the policy.
“Masaya sa heart kasi makakapunta at pasok ako sa school na comfortable ako, hindi na ako kinakabahan na baka mamaya ma-discriminate ako,” she said.
CHASS Dean Danilo Cortez was supportive of the policy.
Since the implementation of the new guidelines, there have been about 15 LGBTQ students seen wearing their preferred uniforms.
“Namimeet ko po sila (other LGBTQ students) during face-to-face, natutuwa po ako pag naka-uniform kami then nagkikita kami, sobrang saya po sa feeling na komportable kami sa suot naming uniform na hindi kami nadidiscriminate and sinusuportahan kami ng university and at the same time ng aming mga professor,” Caminos said.
She also said PLM has allowed students to go to school with long hair, bleached hair, polished nails and piercings, considered by LGBTQ leaders as other forms of expression.