New LGBTQ non-profit organization launched

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The new organization aims to develop and advocate legislation, rules, and regulations in government programs to support the LGBTQ community. (Photo from Visit Guam 2019)

A new non-profit organization called Equality Guam spearheaded by Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio launched this week.

With support from the LGBTQ community, the organization aims to develop and advocate legislation, rules, and regulations in government programs to support the LGBTQ community.

Lasia Casil, founder of Guam Pride and co-founder of Equality Guam, explained the mission of the organization.

“We are working to oppose any and all efforts that seek to discriminate or marginalize LGBTQ persons on Guam and to collaborate with individuals, civil rights groups and community-based organizations that work to protect persons from and all forms of discrimination and bias based on gender, sexual preference, and gender identity.” Casil said.

In an interview with PNC, Casil said what’s happening on the national level also affects Guam.

“With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we just knew that something needed to be done now because things are going to get tougher for our community,” Casil said.

She added that they are going to work together with community partners and will find ways to ensure that they can create a safe place for future generations.

The organization also hosted a call-to-action event yesterday via Zoom. The event panel focused on the impact of the new composition of the U.S. Supreme Court on LGBTQ rights moving forward.

The event was moderated by Rebecca Respicio.

The panel included Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio, Lasia Casil, Public Auditor B.J. Cruz, and Attorney William Pesch.

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