It’s the most colorful highlight of my year!
The UPLB Babaylan spearheaded the Southern Tagalog Pride March held in UPLB campus last October 20, 2016. The university and college student councils as well as student organizations joined the march to call for equal rights across all sectors.
Celebrating pride has been a call for the continuous struggle for equality and fight against gender discrimination. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as advocates marched in UPLB to assert for equal rights among different genders and sexual orientations across all sectors in the society. In this light, the LGBT community, alongside advocates, forwards the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Bill which encompasses the protection of rights of the people despite gender, race, religion, and social status.
Moreover, the celebration of pride condemns the persisting hate-related crimes and violence as well as the perpetuating rape culture not only in the local level but also in the global scale.
The day before the Pride March, a violent dispersal of protesters took place in front of the US Embassy. The members of the national minority groups held a rally in front of the US Embassy to fight for their ancestral lands which have been occupied by US troops. However, when the peaceful rally was about to be concluded, the police violently dispersed the protesters. A police mobile was even caught on camera running over some protesters. Thus, the Pride March has also served as an avenue to express condemnation of this recent event.
The Pride March has been a significant instrument to call to fight for equality despite differing gender, age, ethnicity, religion, and status in all sectors in the society.