Though specifics remain scanty as of press time, it was at least announced that the largely commercialized Pride parade as helmed by Metro Manila Pride (MMP) will be held on June 25 in Pasay City. This announcement was made via a Facebook post, where the organization that took over the Task Force Pride stressed the need to “reclaim time (i.e. ‘Bawiin ang panahon‘)”.
For MMP, there continues to be numerous narratives coming from the local LGBTQIA community – e.g. continuing discrimination that is worsened by the lack of an anti-discrimination law to protect the human rights of LGBTQIA Filipinos.
With the failed presidential campaign for the May 2022 elections of Vice President Leni Robredo, packaged as the pro-LGBTQIA presidential candidate, MMP also expressed distrust in the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., whose father was booted out of the Presidency via the bloodless EDSA Revolution in 1986. “Sa pag-inog ng mundo’t pagdating ng bagong administrasyon, bitbit natin ang bigat ng nakaraan. Hindi natin ito kakalimutan, at hindi natin ito pakakawalan. At bagaman mahirap, kailangan nating harapin ang hamon ng kasalukuyan nang buong-tapang, sa harap ng takot at pag-aalinlangan para sa ating kinabukasan.“
For MMP, members of the LGBTQIA community may differ, but should unite in shouting for justice and rights. “Kulay na nagpapatingkad sa madidilim na panahon natin, kulay na babawi sa kasaysayang inaagaw mula sa atin, at kulay na tuluyang magpapalaya sa atin.“
More information will be made available once available.
For more details, visit https://mmpride.org/.