MANILA PRIDE MARCH 2012. There is a huge celebration and walk for anti-discrimination and equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community last December 8 at Makati.
With the theme of “Sari-Sali: Pride and Action,” thousands of participants as well as known organizations for LGBT participated in the said event.
The aim of the Pride March is not just to strengthen the cohesiveness among LGBT groups, organizations and the community itself, but also to credit the participation of non-LGBT groups, which are also for gender equality.
The large participation in this year’s Pride March is noticeable. The march started at the Makati City Hall, with participants, giving Metro Manila a colorful highlight - with balloons, flamboyant costumes, confetti, placards with pro-LGBT slogans and giant rainbow flag - the known symbol of the LGBT community.
The crowd, with a wide range of age groups, graced the streets of Makati with pride and with no major hitches. As with any issue, there are moralists, although not that noticeable. Like the pro-LGBT groups, there were carrying placards as well, with statements like, “Ang nilikha ng Diyos ay lalaki at babae, hindi bakla at tomboy, Genesis 1: 27.”
The Metro Manila Gay Pride March has been held for 18 years now, making it the oldest in Asia. The first Philippine Gay Pride March was held on June 26, 1994, organized by ProGay Philippines and Metropolitan Community Church, in Quezon City.