What we march for at Metro Manila Pride

What we march for at Metro Manila Pride

An ideal world for the LGBTQ community, in the Philippines and everywhere else.

Art by Ivan Grasparin

 

Have you ever thought of what an ideal world would look like for the LGBTQ+ people? Let me paint a really simple picture for you: in this fantasy world, we would be equal. That’s it, that’s the tweet. That’s oversimplifying, of course, but really a lot of the long-standing issues our community deals with have roots in that one word — equality.

You probably know by now that we’re still a long, long way from achieving true equality — both in society and in the eyes of the law — and this is why we have to fight. At the end of the month, on June 29, the annual Metro Manila Pride March will take place at the Marikina Sports Center. This year’s theme is #ResistTogether. Pride is a protest, after all; more than a celebration of who we are, it’s a challenge to the status quo, and an opportunity to stand for those who can’t. “At Metro Manila Pride, we stand together with all who are oppressed, from across the Philippines, to minorities the world over,” says the organization.

All this is to fight for a world where LGBTQ+ people can enjoy the same fundamental rights cishet people have the privilege of enjoying. It’s a world where anyone can marry the person they love, whether they be a man, woman, or non-binary; order a damn wedding cake without facing discrimination; raise a family; get on public transportation without the fear of getting assaulted; wear what they want and express themselves however they please; and show the world their love in public spaces. To be accepted — not just tolerated — and live in world where we can simply be who we are: that’s the kind of world I want to live in. See you at the March.

 

 

Donate to Metro Manila Pride at mmpride.org. For more information on this year’s Pride March, visit their website and follow @mmprideorg and #ResistTogether on social media

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