Baguio City, June 24, 2012 — Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Recognizing that all human beings are inherently equal and free is key to understanding and appreciating diversity….
Each time a person is wary of change and accepts things as they are, a fear of anything that is different is bred. In its extreme form, such a fear becomes a hatred directed towards anyone who does not fit in existing societal patterns. However, since the only thing constant in this life is change, we know that it is possible to live without fear or hatred. In fact, many things have changed our world for the better…
Malate, Manila, December 3, 2011 — Whenever Filipinos take to the streets with conviction, those streets, whether they be Mendiola, Ayala, or Edsa, become the site, sum, and property of popular urban struggle. A march, therefore, has the power to transform an ordinary street into both a moment and a space in which to demand the end of injustice, discrimination, or war. On December 3, 2011, the streets of Malate will thus be transformed for the 2011 LGBT Pride March.
The rising visibility of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and genderqueer movements in the country has led to an increasing awareness about the diversity of Filipino gender expressions and sexualities. What was originally a fairly cohesive, if not unified, movement continues to expand–something that is definitely worth celebrating with pride on June 26, 2011 in Baguio.