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Pride remains a protest, stresses Southern Tagalog Pride

Outside of Metro Manila, where LGBTQIA Pride has evolved to favor commercialism, Southern Tagalog Pride 2024 focused on keeping Pride as a protest since minority sectors – all with LGBTQIA members – continue to be deprived of their basic human rights.

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – LGBTQIA Pride in metropolitan areas have long evolved from its political roots to now focus on commercialization of the rainbow community, but in Los Baños, the call made during the Southern Tagalog Pride (STP) 2024 focused on keeping Pride as a protest, particularly since minority sectors – all with LGBTQIA members – continue to be deprived of their basic human rights.

According to Dudin Albani, chairperson of STP, based on the LGBTQIA experience, Pride will always be a protest more than a celebration, he said in the vernacular.

“Pride is a protest because the human rights of LGBTQIA people are still not recognized,” Albani stressed.

As stressed during STP, the issues of LGBTQIA people cannot be separated from the issues of other minority sectors.

With this, “the march continues. The fight of LGBTQIA people continues,” Albani stressed. “Rise to fight for our rights, for true freedom.” – WITH MICHAEL DAVID C. TAN AND ARTHUR ABAD NWABIA

Call him A.M. (short for Albert Magallanes, obviously; though - he says - also to "signify being on the go, as people tend to be in the mornings"). A graduate of BS Physical Therapy (in DLS Health Sciences Institute), he found his calling ("Sort of," he laughed) attempting to organize communities ("While having fun in the process," he beamed). For instance, in Las Piñas where he is based, he helps helm an MSM group that has evolved from just offering social events to aiding its members as needed. He now writes for Outrage Magazine as the Las Piñas (and southern) correspondent.

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