This Is What Pride Looks Like In The Philippines: 70,000 LGBTQ+ Marched!

This Is What Pride Looks Like In The Philippines: 70,000 LGBTQ+ Marched!

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On the 50th anniversary of StoneWall, this year’s Pride March all over the world became more special, louder and thousands went out and showed resistance hand in hand with each one of the LGBTQ+ community.

In the Philippines, more than 70,000 people participated in the Metro Manila Pride March, making this year the largest Pride celebration! Despite being one of the largest religious population in Asia, this only goes to show how we are on our way to progress. Our fight and protest won’t stop here. We have more work to do but this, what an empowering start!



It was raining, the weather was gloomy but the LGBTQ+ community around the city went out in their colorful outfits, rainbow flags and iconic placard taking them to the streets in unity to celebrate love, resistance, and pride!

Here are what went down and some of our favorite shots:



OUR DEAREST YOUNG QUEERS



RAISE THE CHILDREN WITH COMPASSION



THE BI’S AND PAN’S

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#Pride #ResistTogether

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OUR MOTHERS! WE FIGHT FOR THEM



SHOW THE HECKLERS SOME LOVE



EMBRACE THAT STEREOTYPE



OUR PRESIDENT NADINE!



DON’T FORGET THIS PRIDE IS A PROTEST!



FOR OUR LOVED ONE’S ACCEPTANCE

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It rained. We got wet. We hugged. We wept. We danced. We cheered. I lost count of how many people we hugged, how many kids told us, "I miss my mom, I miss my dad." I lost count of how many started crying when we hugged them, how many held tight and lingered. I lost count of how many smiled and laughed as they walked towards us, arms tentatively open, stretching wider as we reached for them. I lost count of how many of them tearfully, shyly whispered, thank you. I lost count of the ones who said, I just came out, this is my first Pride. I lost count of how many times I said, do you want a hug? I lost count of how many backs I rubbed, how many times I told them, you're okay, it's okay, you are loved, you are home. I lost count of how many times we said, Happy Pride, of how much I cried afterwards. As the music played and I held my own child, I wept for the ones who couldn't talk to their families, who had to hide for so long, who desperately wanted to be held. It isn't fair, it isn't right, to be spurned for being a little (or a lot) different. It doesn't make sense to turn away your own child because they're not what you expect or want them to be. I don't understand, and my heart breaks for anyone who's been abandoned, rejected, disowned by their parents. I feel so overwhelmed, and I'm just giving out hugs. I can't imagine what it's like for them. I wish I could hug you all. (Thank you @marcosumayao for the beautiful photo) #loveislove #ResistTogether #MetroManilaPride

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AND CONTINUE WHAT TRANS COMMUNITY BUILT



WE CARRY AND MARCH WITH AND FOR YOU!

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FOR THIS…



Pride will always happen until we, LGBTQ people can walk down the street without getting harassed, and until we finally get the acceptance and rights that we deserve. Pride is not your party. Pride is our protest!

Happy Pride to everyone who’s still closeted. Happy Pride to everyone who’s been kicked out. Happy Pride to everyone who lives somewhere where it’s illegal to love who they love. Happy Pride to everyone celebrating!

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