Community organizinG

The Building Rainbow Communities (BRC) program is dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of rural LGBTQI organizations, facilitating their transition from informal entities to formally recognized bodies registered with relevant government authorities, thereby solidifying their legitimacy. Additionally, the program aims to bridge the rural-urban gap among LGBTQI organizations by facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange through active involvement in the LAGABLAB LGBT Network. Ultimately, the program seeks to advocate for LGBTQI rights at the local level by engaging with and influencing governmental officials to enact LGBTQI-responsive policies and legislation.

Glamourosa Organization

Glamourosa Organization is an LGBTQI non-profit organization from Catarman, Northern Samar. They aim to pave the way for a just, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory, and equal society that will advocate for and empower vulnerable LGBTQI communities.

Mariveles Rainbow Alliance

The Mariveles Rainbow Alliance is an LGBTQI community-based organization from Mariveles, Bataan. Their vision is to have an inclusive, innovative, safe, progressive, law-abiding, and God-fearing society that treats everyone equally regardless of their SOGIESC.

The program, which ran from June 2021 to March 2023, achieved several key milestones. These include (1) the onboarding of Glamourosa Organization and Mariveles Rainbow Alliance as our partner rights-holders groups, (2) the development, implementation, and launch of the BRC LGBTQI Community-Based Organizing Modules, (3) the conduct of a National LGBTQI Leaders’ Summit, and (4) the courtesy calls with the Local Government Units of Catarman and Mariveles to lobby for anti-discrimination ordinances in their locality. The Glamourosa Organization is now officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, while the Mariveles Rainbow Alliance has been legitimized by its partnership with the Mariveles Sangguniang Bayan.


LGBTQI Community-Based Organizing Module

Learn more about capacitating LGBTQI communities through Educational Seminars, Organizational Development, and Public Policy Engagements for LGBTQI rights


National LGBTQI Leaders’ Summit

The National LGBTQI Leaders’ Summit represented the culmination of the BRC program. It brought together participants from the LAGABLAB LGBT Network and the Free To Be Me Communities of Action, comprised of LGBTQI non-government organizations and community-based organizations nationwide. Its primary goal was to introduce and integrate the Glamourosa Organization and the Mariveles Rainbow Alliance into the broader LGBTQI network. Moreover, it served as the official launch for the finalized BRC Module.

Other Partner Organizations

We also helped other organizations across the Philippines

Odiongan Rose (in partnership with Romblon LGU)

Paete, Laguna LGU

Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para sa Kalayaan

Mariveles Federation of PWD

“Tinulungan kami [ng Babaylanes] para ma- formally organize ang Glamourosa Organization.”

Jojo Layon

Glamourosa Organization