By DELIA BAGNI
BAGUIO CITY — Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT) continue to demand for stronger human rights protection, equality and an end to discrimination during the Baguio Pride Network (BPN) 7th Annual Baguio Pride Parade, July 1.
Threats of torrential rain brought about by the tropical cyclone Gorio failed to deter the spirits of the annual parade of LGBT rights advocates in the city wherein around 100 LGBTS and supporters in colorful headdresses made from tiger grass, and colorful costumes marched from session road down to Malcolm square where a short program was held.
According to Pro Gay Philippines Chairperson Oscar Atadero the 7th Baguio Pride Parade with the theme Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud, Building a World that is Free and Equal is still calling for equality and respect for the LGBTs in the country and other countries as well.
He said that the 7th pride parade also aims to combat homophobia and raise the awareness of people that discrimination comes from homophobia. Atadero added that homophobia is a negative attitude and feeling towards homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
“Many people are not aware that they are homophobic, hindi nila namamalayan na ang mga ginagawa at sinasabi nila ay tanda ng pagkakaroon nila ng homophobia, tulad na lang ng pag-ayaw nila sa mga LGBTs sa paligid “(they are not aware that their actions and words are signs of being a homophobic, like disliking LGBTs around) Atadero said.
“Despite the approval of same sex marriages in some countries, LBGTs are still battling against violence and discrimination, many are still not coming out because of fear, that is why the LGBT community used the “tambo” or tiger grass as headdresses because it symbolizes unity, that they can combat discrimination and homophobia together also to call all LGBTs that they are not alone though coming out is not a smooth process,” Atadero stated.
He added that the activity also aims to raise awareness that homophobia and discrimination towards LGBTs can be corrected through legal means.
Clyde Pumihic of ProGay Metro Baguio added that the rainbow headdress is like the stalks on a broomstick, that LGBT can only be strong and effective when collectivized. The group wants to sweep away hate, homophobia and violence that plagues communities. # nordis.net