Pride amidst the pandemic: Sama-sama; tuloy ang laban!
With the theme “Sama-sama; tuloy ang laban!,” TLF Share and its 50 allied organizations marked this year’s Pride celebration with a reiteration of the LGBTQI+ community’s commitment in fostering an inclusive and accepting society and in upholding the rights of the community to love and live in peace.
The LGBTQI+ community continues to battle stigma and discrimination. Countless members of the community have fallen prey to these twin pandemics; many have their rights denied, harassed, or killed for not conforming to societal gender norms. Through these challenges, LGBTQI+ organizations and their allies have become beacons of hope. In her message for the Pride 2021, Vice President Leni Robredo highlighted the roles of LGBTQI+ organizations in upholding the rights and dignity of its members. “Hindi lang ito naging samahan; naging takbuhan din ito ng mga inaapi, boses ng mga nasa laylayan, tahanan ng mga madalas napag-iiwanan,” she said.
This was reiterated by Senator Risa Hontiveros, a staunch ally of the LGBTQI+ community, who put this year’s Pride celebration in its proper perspective when she said, “Pride is more meaningful than the parties or rainbow products that come out once a year. When you remain proud of who you are, you create space for the people around you. You save lives; you help people live a life that is worth living.”
As Pride month drew to an end, it is worth reiterating that Pride is not just pomp and pageantry; it is a celebration of the LGBTQI+ community’s tenacity in refusing to be silenced and its burning commitment to chip away the walls of stigma and discrimination.
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