Rain or shine, Pride comes.
Though the province was drenched by tropical storm Salome, Southern Tagalog held its 7th Pride March.
Seen as a chance to celebrate the passing of the SOGIE Equality Bill in the House of Representatives after the same was largely ignored for almost two decades, the march was also a political move that highlighted what the organizers see as continuing moves that are anti-Filipino, including LGBT Filipinos, particularly as the country hosts #ASEAN50.
Particularly highlighted were: President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war that led to rampant human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings; the visit of US President Donald Trump, declared as a “misogynist and sexist”; and inter-country treaties/agreements that put to disadvantage Philippines’ sovereignty (e.g. VFA-EDCA, which is said to not only undermine the country’s sovereignty, but allow abuses to happen, such as the brutal murder or transwoman Jennifer Laude by Joseph Scott Pemberton).
“LGBTQ+ rights are human rights,” said Charm Maranan, chairperson of theUniversity Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB), “and with the human rights abuses perpetuated by State-sponsored violence attacking particularly the poor and marginalized sectors, we enjoin everyone to unite and fight against this tyrannical oppression.”
UPLB Babaylan and USC-UPLB helped organize the 7th Southern Tagalog Pride March with Task Force Pride.
Pride March is a worldwide event commemorating Stonewall Riot that happened in June 29, 1969 in New York which helped ignite the modern LGBTQ+ movement.