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.