Ever since it was first staged in the 90s, Metro Manila Pride (then known as LGBT Pride and Manila Pride) has been a labor of love. A very small group of committed volunteers keep the pride spirit alive all for the love of the community. But now Pride needs your help.
Pride has always been free to attend. We work hard to keep it this way because we believe that everybody should be able to enjoy this safe space.
But this has involved shelling out our own money and even taking out personal loans just to keep Pride running. What little corporate sponsorship we receive is always used to pay for Pride’s debts and taxes.
This year, we’ve exhausted all our options but we’re still coming up short.
We need your help, mga mahal.
Last year alone, we had close to 3,000 attendees at the Pride March. This is more than twice the usual number of attendees we have. This number took us completely by surprise but it was a good surprise!
It didn’t stop there. In the coming months, we had more and more people messaging us privately asking for advice, letting us know that they were thankful for the space we provided for them offline and online, and telling us how moved they were by our activities–especially the Pride March.
At the Pride March, you hear and see our issues being raised by the very people who experience them. Issues that we rarely ever hear about because it’s not deemed important enough by media.
At the Pride March you come in alone, or with your friends, or with your family and be amongst throngs of strangers who want you to be able to live and love freely and fearlessly. For many people, this kind of freedom and love is not something available to them in their daily lives.
The Pride March and the entire Pride Festival belongs to all of us. And for all of us, Pride needs to happen.
We need to raise PhP 184, 702.00 in the next 12 days for us to be able to successfully hold Pride.
These funds will go towards:
[June 12, 2015] This is what we’ve raised so far, but we really need your help to raise the rainbow flag higher! At this point, we just need 150 people to donate PhP 1,000 each to reach our goal.
We don’t have much, but we want to show you our appreciation for your awesomeness by giving you a few tokens.
With all the donation options, you may opt to stay anonymous or provide an alias. Either way, know that we are very grateful for your support.
Except for the Lablab plush toy, all rewards may be claimed on June 25 at the Metro Manila Pride Festival or shipped to the donor. Donor must cover shipping costs.
You can help us out by donating any amount you can to Metro Manila Pride via bank deposit or Paypal.
In the interest of transparency, we will post crowdfunding updates with the names or aliases of donors (subject to the donor’s consent) and the amount donated the donation came in. We will also release a post-event account of how all of these funds were used and what we will be doing with any of the leftover funds.
June 15 Fundraising update: We raised PhP 64, 697.09 or 37% of our goal.
June 17 Fundraising update: We raised PhP 125,329.34 or 71% of our goal.
June 21 Fundraising update: We raised PhP 215,481.22 or 116.66% of our goal! Thank you so much, mga mahal!
It will be difficult, but we will push through with Pride. We have always found a way in the past, this year is no different. Pride will happen, no matter what.
We understand that not everybody is able to contribute monetarily. But we would appreciate it if you shared this post across social media and to your circles. If your company can be a sponsor, please send them this post and ask them to get in touch with us. Every bit helps.
The Pride Festival is our biggest safe space. It is a beacon of hope for those in the closet, an expression of courage for marchers who advocate for rights, an avenue for empowerment for those who experience it for the first time, and a safe space for all. In the face of the life-threatening situations that LGBT+ people endure daily, it is clear that the community needs Pride. Please #LetLoveIn and help us make it happen.
With much love and gratefulness,
Nicky H. Castillo & Loreen Ordoño
Overall Co-Coordinators | Metro Manila Pride
Nicky H. Castillo and Loreen Ordoño are the Overall Co-Coordinators of Metro Manila Pride (MMP), a volunteer-managed, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization whose aim is to create safe space for LGBTQIA+ persons in Metro Manila. MMP also plans and produces the annual, community driven Metro Manila Pride Campaigns and the longest-running Pride March in Asia. For more information about this year’s Pride March and Festival, click here.