Bahagsari UPM, University of the Philippines Manila’s official university-wide LGBTQIA organization, scheduled the virtual launch of UP Manila Pride this May 5.
UP Manila Pride aims to unite the UPM community to celebrate pride, diverse identities, and unity; educate students, faculty members, and employees on the current situation of gender minorities, especially the LGBTQIA community; make an inclusive call for human rights; and promote grassroots causes and unite UPM organizations towards a call of intersectional equality.
Among the scheduled events for UP Manila Pride are the Opening Program on May 5, Online Pride Rally on May 6, and Pride Solidarity Program on May 8.
UP Manila Pride also includes Rainbow Speaks, a series of educational talks, such as So G for SOGIESC on May 5, Intersectional Feminism & LGBTQIA+ Activism on May 7, Queer Health amidst the Pandemic on May 12, and Queer Storytelling and Representation in Media on May 19.
Vice President Leni Robredo, Tin Madlangbayan, Rey Valmores-Salinas, Atty. Jazz Tamayo, Watson Vergara, Dr. Mikee Inton-Campbell, Nica Del Rosario, and Dolly Dulu are among the speakers for the upcoming events.
Catch performances from local drag queens Mrs. Tan and Moi, UPM Indayog Dance Varsity, Nursing Artists’ Corps, UPM Dramatista, UPM Beau, UP-MOrg, and Camp Synergy.
Aloe Ynion, organizing committee head for externals, said: “The past year has extremely affected all of us, especially those in the marginalized and vulnerable communities, and the UP Manila Pride team, along with its over 50 sponsors, partners, speakers, and performers, brings more color, joy, and awareness this May by preparing programs in line with the theme: One UPM For Human Rights.”
Bahagsari UPM is inviting everyone “with much enthusiasm to Make May Gay this year and promote diversity, inclusivity, and equality as we celebrate UP Manila Pride. We welcome everyone as we fight against systemic oppression because Pride is and will always be a protest,” Ynion added.