Members of the LGBT community in the Province of Batangas, as well as their allies, are scheduled to host the 2nd Batangan Pride celebrations this September 17 in Batangas City. The event – which will also be observed as the 1st LGBT Federation of Batangas Province Parade – eyes to highlight the continuing struggle of LGBT people particularly in the Province of Batangas.
The first Pride celebration in Batangas happened in June last year, organized by the United Gay and Lesbian Association (UGLA) of Santo Tomas. The plan at that time was to tour the march in the various cities and municipalities of the province, so that a different LGU will host it every year. This year’s gathering is being organized by the LGBT Federation of Batangas Province.
According to Joey Lumbres Balba of the LGBT Federation of Batangas Province, this year’s gathering will be “bigger”, as there will also be seminars on SOGIE and HIV, as well as HIV testing occurring. As such, “while it will allow the local LGBT community to be showcased, it will also be a gathering that will strengthen the community,” Balba said.
Located on the southwestern part of Luzon in the CALABARZON region, the province of Batangas is made up of 31 municipalities and three component cities. Its 1,078 barangays are home to over two million Batangueños.
Board member Devs Balba of the 3rd District of Batangas allocated funds for this event; and has the backing of the Provincial Government of Batangas and the PSWDO.
For those interested to join the 2nd Batangan Pride celebrations, coordinate with Joey Lumbres Balba.