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‘Celebration, freedom, and equality:’ Netizens speak up about pride

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‘Celebration, freedom, and equality:’ Netizens speak up about pride
Pride can mean different things to different people. To kick off the Pride Month, Rappler holds a #PHPride2019 conversation and asks its readers what pride means for them.

MANILA, Philippines – Pride can mean different things to different people. 

This was evident as MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, kicked off its 2019 Pride Month coverage through an online conversation on Saturday, June 1. Twitter was filled with love and compassion when it asked its readers: “What does Pride mean to you?” 

From celebrations of love to fighting for equality, LGBTQI+  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) members and allies expressed their thoughts on what pride was for them.

For Twitter user hyacinthe, pride is a celebration of diversity and accepting who you are. This was echoed by Carlos, saying pride is a “platform where everyone can be whoever they want to be.”

 

Meanwhile, Edward Bryan made a striking point that pride goes beyond the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. For Bryan, pride is the humanity that calls for acceptance “regardless of the choices we make.”

 

For Twitter user Kim, pride means the “freedom to love without the fear of judgment.”

 

Giolo Bucoy Tadeo, meanwhile, called for equality as he expressed his thoughts about what pride means. “Gay rights are human rights and must be equal in all aspect of society!”

 

For a long while now, the Philippine LGBTQI+ community has lobbied for the enactment of an anti-discrimination law, rather than a law on same-sex marriage.

Last year, the issue was brought before the Supreme Court. (READ: Your guide to the Supreme Court oral arguments on same-sex marriage)

The fight for same-sex marriage in the Philippines goes beyond what is morally accepted or not. It’s about the equal protection of the law. (READ: As #LoveWins in Taiwan, Filipinos weigh in on same-sex marriage in PH)

Below are the highlights of the conversation:

 

Join us again on Saturday, June 8, at 7 pm for the second part of our online conversation for pride month. – Rappler.com

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