On December 5, 2015, we at Metro Manila Pride will proudly unfurl our colors as we march and fight for unity, diversity, and love in solidarity with the 9th Baguio Pride Parade, the 3rd Negros LGBT Pride Parade, and the 2nd Quezon City Pride March.
Before it was moved back to its original date in June, the Metro Manila Pride March hailed the first Saturday of December as its home to symbolically link it with International Human Rights Day. We applaud the Amianan Pride Council, the Federation of Negros LGBT, and the Quezon City Pride Council for keeping the December pride spirit alive!
Looking at the themes of these three events—Baguio’s “Out and Proud: One Pride. One Celebration,” Negros’ “United As One: Come Out and Celebrate,” and Quezon City’s “Magkakaiba at Nagkakaisa: Diverse and United”—and our own theme this year “Fight For Love: Iba-iba. Sama-sama,” we are reminded that we’re all in this fight together. That even as we are separated geographically, the Philippine LGBTQIA+ community wants the same thing: to create and claim spaces where we can safely celebrate our diversity and fearlessly assert our rights and lives.
This year has been eventful for the LGBTQIA+ sector, to say the least.
We’ve had our highs in the form of mainstream shows about the lives of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression (SOGIE) that trend nationally and give the country a glimpse into the lives of LGBTQIA+ persons, and in the form of a record-breaking 3000+ individuals trooping to the sentinel of freedom—the Lapu Lapu Monument in Manila—to fight for love at the Metro Manila Pride March.
We’ve had our lows in the form of blatant discrimination on the basis of SOGIE in a beloved noontime show and at a Taguig business establishment over the summer. And in the recent conviction of PFC. Joseph Scott Pemberton for the brutal killing of Jennifer Laude last October 11, 2014, we experienced both a victory and a failure in obtaining full justice.
Now, more than ever, we are reminded that the fight for LGBT rights as Filipino rights and as human rights needs our united voices in order for it to succeed. As we march tomorrow across the Philippines under the same colors, we call for the Philippines to recognize the voices of the LGBTQIA+ Filipinos—boisterous with pride and strong with equal rights activism.
Filipino LGBT human rights is everyone’s concern. If you believe in the recognition, promotion, and fulfillment of everyone’s rights—join the Fight for Love.
As we join the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies at today’s Baguio, Negros, and QC LGBT Pride Parades, we extend our warmest and love-filled congratulations to the leaders of the Amianan Pride Council, Federation of Negros LGBT, and QC Pride Council, their volunteers, their sponsors, and all those who continue to ensure that these cities are love-filled safe spaces for the diversity and unity of LGBTQIA+ persons.