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Baguio to celebrate 8th Pride on June 22

The LGBT community in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet is slated to commemorate the 8th June Pride celebration on June 22. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Heritage of Struggle. Continue the Fight for Equality. Let a Thousand Flowers Rise”, draws inspiration from the anti-war peace protests of the sixties.

PHOTO COURTESY OF EMERSON SORIANO

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in New York City. June Pride is held in honor and commemoration of this event, and its contribution to the history of the struggle for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people.

In sync with the international LGBT communities, the LGBT community in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet is slated to commemorate the 8th June Pride celebration. The Pride celebration will culminate in a Grand Pride Parade scheduled on June 22 (Sunday). Assembly time is at 8:30 AM at the Post Office, Session Road, Baguio City.

Yearly, sexual minorities here and around the globe celebrate LGBT Pride for the recognition and acceptance by the general public of LGBTs as productive members of society and eventually dispel the prevalent prejudice in society.

The Baguio Pride Celebration 2014 theme, “Celebrate the Heritage of Struggle. Continue the Fight for Equality. Let a Thousand Flowers Rise”, draws inspiration from the anti-war peace protests of the sixties, which sprouted what is now known as the “flower power movement”.

“Flower power symbolized meeting institutionalized violence with calm but unstoppable and united strength. Baguio City, known for its festival of diverse flowers, should also be known for the unconditional acceptance of the diversity of its people,” stressed a statement released by Jefferson Guiloan, chairperson of ProGay-Metro Bagio; and Caroline Galvez, co-founder of Baguio Pride Network (BPN).

The parade is expected to be participated by different LGBT organizations, individuals, friends and families. Also invited are some organizations and individuals from Sagada, Bontoc and Tadian in Mt. Province, La Union, Isabela and Manila to participate in this year’s Pride celebration.

“We… are hopeful for your vigorous participation, together with your families, friends and member organizations,” the BPN statement ended.

For more information, coordinate with Caro Galvez at (+63) 9209064729, or Emerson Soriano at (+63) 9057384503.

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