Members of the KAABAG LGBTQ+ community and organizers of the 6014 Mandaue Pride March 2021 held a community pantry and bike parade on Sunday, June 13, to support locals in need and call for the passing of the SOGIE bill.
“Targeting LGBTs coming from the poorest communities in the City, they came to City Hall and availed of necessities that were gathered and contributed from well-meaning organizations and individuals,” the organizers said in their official Facebook page.
Before the pandemic, the KAABAG LGBTQ+ community, a local organization promoting gender equality and supporting the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill, had run programs like pride parades and a pride march.
According to them, instead of the usual pride parade, a community pantry held more significance this year as it would help their fellow members of the community who were hurt by the pandemic.
Organizations like the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Cebu City Chapter, the Zonta Club of Cebu, Dunkin Donuts, and city officials donated to the community pantry to show their support.
On Sunday, officers of the KAABAG LGBTQ+ community, held a “Unity” bike ride along the streets of Mandaue, kicking off the city-wide celebration of Pride Month.
“Mandaue’s version of a Pride March this year was through a Bike Fun Ride traversing major streets in the City. Our battle cry remains – pass the SOGIE Equality Bill now,” said Mandaue City Treasurer, Lawyer Regal Oliva on their official Facebook page.
Oliva who is currently the head of KAABAG LGBTQ+ community, has been a long-time champion of gender equality and rights.
“This Unity Bike Ride has again gathered people of diverse SOGIE to one advocacy, and my prayer remains that we do not falter or wean from it,” Oliva added.
During the bike parade, Mandauehanons who are members of the LGBTQ+ community made calls for the passing of the SOGIE Bill in the Senate.
The city government also joined in the celebration by rolling out the international pride flag at the city hall’s main entrance.
According to the organizers, a TikTok competition will be held on June 18, while a webinar on the SOGIE Bill will be held on June 23.
The winners of the TikTok competition will be announced on June 30. – Rappler.com