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Celebrate inclusivity in these two major Pride marches in the Metro

by Joyce Remo

Two major Pride marches will be held in Metro Manila this June to provide an avenue for the LGBTQ+ community to amplify calls for equal rights and protection.

Love Laban

The Love Laban Pride Festival will be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on June 24.

Organized by the non-profit organization Pride PH, the protest aims to celebrate the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, honor, freedom, and love.

“Hindi tayo pinalaki ng sexbomb para lang bumawi-bawi. Oras na para lumavarn-lavarn!” the organizers said in a Facebook post.

Also called the QC Pride March, the rally will be in partnership with the Quezon City local government.

Members of the LGBTQ+ could not contain their excitement. 

“I’m so excited to come back to QC Circle for the pride march kasi dito ko rin na-experience yung first parade ko last year,” Heidi Cait, 23, told republicasia

Alyssa Cortez, a non-binary individual, said they would be bringing their friends to call for the passing of the SOGIE Equality Bill, which seeks to put a stop to discriminatory acts and policies solely because of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.

“I’m planning to bring my ally friends so we can rally for same-sex union and the SOGIE because we really want this law to be enacted for the safety of Filipino people regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation,” they said.

Additional details regarding the Love Laban Pride Festival will be announced soon. Meanwhile, the organization is still accepting volunteers for the pride march.

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Tayo ang Kulayaan

Another pride march celebration will be held this June 24.

Metro Manila Pride will be marking the month with a protest and a festival with the theme “Tayo ang Kulayaan! Samo’t-saring Lakas, Sama-sama sa Landas!”

The group wants to highlight the importance of Pride as an avenue to call for equality, and to hold a protest against the bigotry that homosexuals face in society.

“Ang pride ay protesta para sa ating mga Kulay, para sa ating Kalayaan,” Metro Manila Pride wrote in an Instagram post.

Elizabeth Herrera said her participation in the forthcoming Metro Manila Pride and Festival symbolizes the freedom she gained after coming out.

“Sobrang sakto ng theme ng MMP, which will also be my first ever pride march, kasi ngayong year din ako nag-come out as a lesbian,” Herrera told republicasia.

“I used to believe coming out isn’t really relevant as long as kilala mo [yung] sarili mo, but sobrang liberating pala to proudly tell the world who you are,” she added.

Additional details about the 2023 Metro Manila Pride March, including the venue, have yet to be announced. 

During Pride month, LGBTQ+ activists amplify calls for equal rights even as they raise awareness about the ongoing challenges faced by the community.

The first march was held on June 28, 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall uprising that pushed forward several gay rights movements for equality and acceptance. The march provided a platform for the community to openly express their identities, advocate for their rights, and celebrate their diversity.

Today, Pride marches and parades are held in cities worldwide during the month of June, serving as a symbol of LGBTQ+ visibility, solidarity, and resilience.

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