The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Quezon City will gather for a Pride parade on December 13, in time as the city celebrates its 75th anniversary. With the support of the Quezon City government, which formed the Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC) to oversee the gathering, the parade expects participation from LGBT groups, civil society organizations, private establishments, and from the 142 Barangays of Quezon City.
Themed, “EQUALITY. Walang Labis, Walang Kulang!”, this is the culmination of Quezon City celebration of LGBT Pride, World AIDS Day (December 1), International Human Rights Day (December 10), and the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in Quezon City that eyes to protect LGBT people from discrimination and abuse.
“The Quezon City local government believes in equality as stated in our Constitution. Lahat tayo pantay-pantay that is why we have the responsibility to ensure na nangyayari ito sa buong Quezon City. The anti-discrimination ordinance is a testament to this commitment in ensuring equality. Di lang namin ito pinatupad at pinirmahan, rest assured this will be implemented in all 142 Barangays in Quezon City,” said QC mayor Herbert Bautista.
At 3:30 PM, the parade will start from Tomas Morato, turning at Timog Avenue (where the marchers will merge in the parade), then head to EDSA-Timog, East Avenue. It will then turn right at V. Luna, turn left to Malakas St. right to Matalino street, before turning left to Kalayaan Avenue, and then end at the Quezon Memorial Circle where a short program will be held to culminate the event.
“Kami sa Quezon City Pride Council, kasama ang iba’t-ibang lesbian, gay, bisexual at transgender group ay sama-samang sinisigaw sa lahat ng tao na tayong lahat ay pantay-pantay. Walang sinuman ang mas mataas o mababa kaya walang karapatan sinuman manlait, mang-abuso at mag-discriminate kahit kanino man,” said Ging Cristobal, QC Pride overall coordinator.
Aside from the parade, there will be booths in the Quezon Memorial Circle. Similarly, the QC LGBT Rainbow Awards, and a fashion show are listed as part of the celebrations.
The QC Pride Parade team is composed of the Association of Transgender Men of the Philippines (ATMP), Association of Transgenders of the Philippines – Quezon City chapter (ATP-QC), Betera’s Powerhouse, Equality Philippines, FB MC, Family Planning of the Philippines (FPOP), iPride, LesQuest Production, LGBT Pinoy, Philippines Hot Clan, PLM Propaganda, Queerstud, San Beda Hiraya, Sigma Homo Epsilon, TransDeaf Philippines, Trans Pageantry, Transpinay of Antipolo Organization, Trippers Philippines Inc., and UP Babaylan.