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Pride is a celebration and ongoing struggle, LGBT leaders say

As Pride celebrations are being held in various parts of the world this June, LGBT leaders stress the need to balance the celebrations with the awareness that much remains to be done. As Doug Kerr, co-chair of the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, says: “Another part of Pride is understanding that it’s not over, there’s more work to do. The point of having Pride is having fun, and committing yourself to do more work for equality, for justice.”

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA. As Pride celebrations are being held in various parts of the world this June, and even as the LGBTQIA community observes the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot that saw the establishment of the modern LGBTQIA movement , the relevance of the continuing holding the celebration is being highlighted by LGBTQIA leaders here at the WorldPride 2014.

In welcoming participants to the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 (WPHRC14), held concurrently with the festival, Brenda Crossman and Doug Kerr, co-chairs of WPHRC14 stated that even in Canada, where the LGBTQIA community members have seen advances in the promotion of their equal rights, “it is important for many to acknowledge that for many, human rights remain elusive” with poverty and inequality facing Two-spirited indigenous people, discrimination against LGBTQIA people with disabilities, trans rights, the rights of sex workers, the acceptance and support of refugees, the challenges arising from HIV and AIDS, and supporting LGBTQIA youth among the major issues still being faced.

“One of the main reasons we celebrate is because it’s fun and part of being LGBT is celebrating what we accomplished,” Kerr said to Outrage Magazine. “But another part of Pride is understanding that it’s not over, there’s more work to do. The point of having Pride is having fun, and committing yourself to do more work for equality, for justice.”

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, seconds this.

“We celebrate Pride because we need to energize our movement. Because new people and more people have to come out of the closet to experience what it means to be free, open, self-affirming and empowered to change the world because we came here to change the world and nothing less,” Wilson said to Outrage Magazine.

Meanwhile, for Mr. Gay World 2013 Christopher Michael Olwage, Pride creates awareness as it also serves as a “political statement, a statement of solidarity for those (who do not have the same rights that we have).”

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Globally, since 2006, WorldPride has been naming International Grand Marshals (IGM), individuals from various parts of the world who made significant contributions to the promotion of global rights. For 2011, Angie Umbac of Rainbow Rights was the IGM.

Pride marches are always a struggle between the political and the cultural, said Umbac. For many, when they start, it’s always just political; but then, eventually, sponsors come in and at times dictate Pride’s direction.

“This is how I see it: Pride belongs to everyone… But if you have a cultural Pride without the background of why we are having Pride, then we would lose the message,” Umbac said. “Keep it balanced – stay corporate because you need the funds, but remember that in the beginning it was political, and it was political for a reason.”

The founder of Outrage Magazine, Michael David dela Cruz Tan completed BA Communication Studies from University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia; and Master of Development Communication from the University of the Philippines-Open University. He grew up in Mindanao (particularly Kidapawan and Cotabato City), but he "really came out in Sydney" so that "I sort of know what it's like to be gay in a developing, and a developed world". Conversant in Filipino Sign Language, Mick can: photograph, do artworks with mixed media, write (DUH!), shoot flicks, community organize, facilitate, lecture, and research (with pioneering studies under his belt). He authored "Being LGBT in Asia: Philippines Country Report", and "Red Lives" that creatively retells stories from the local HIV community. Among others, Mick received the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2006 for Best Investigative Journalism, and Art that Matters - Literature from Amnesty Int'l Philippines in 2020. Cross his path is the dare (guarantee: It won't be boring).

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