Resist Together: 5 Local Organizations Fighting for LGBTQ+ Rights
by Inside Manila Team, July 06, 2019 6:24pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Celebrating pride goes beyond June and we have the whole year to raise our glass with the LGBTQIA+ community. Given the state of the SOGIE bill in the country and the unjust discrimination the LGBTQ+ community continues to face today, it’s important to take a stand and resist the prejudice.
There are times when we have difficulties in finding measurable ways to help. We ask, what’s the best way to celebrate Pride? We do that by supporting LGBTQ-owned businesses and attending Pride marches to name a few. But there’s one way in which we can truly help the LGBTQIA+ members—through advocating and donating in certain organizations for the rainbow community. Here are some of the organizations:
Being students didn’t stop members of UP Babaylan to fight for their advocacies. Since 1992, this student organization aims to create a safe community and support to LGBTQIA+ students across several campuses of the University of the Philippines. What do they do? They host projects and campaigns such as UP Pride, the Philippine Anti-Discrimination Bill, World AIDS Campaign, and the LGBT Legal Aid Office, to name a few. They also facilitate conversations on the experiences and adversities the LGBTQ+ community goes through.
Metro Manila Pride
We have Metro Manila Pride to thank for our annual Pride March and Festival. As one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ organizations in the country, Metro Manila Pride aims to bring together LGBTQIA+ members and allies in resisting the prejudice, discrimination, and abuse. Get involved in their events and discussions on various issues involving the community!
The Rainbow community also needs to continue the fight legally. With this,Rainbow Rights Philippines focuses on the laws and policies dedicated to the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. They aim to create an environment that upholds human rights and equal access to opportunities to individuals of diverse SOGIE. They do this through legislative and policy work, capacity building, and research and publication.
Bahaghari is only one of the organizations who create safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+. They continue to paint color and puts emphasis on the democracy and freedom Filipinos deserve through their events in protests. They participated in Pride March and Festival 2019 with their own contingent of a Cinema Kulay Screening and a program prepared by their members.
Galang means respect and true to the word, GALANG, an organization started by a small group of lesbian friends, seek to eradicate the discrimination, violence, and abuse experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. this organization particularly focuses on the relationship between sexuality and poverty. GALANG aims to provide a space to mobilize vulnerable sectors in the country.
As articulated by Metro Manila Pride, “Pride is community. Pride is rooted in protest. It means “Fight back”. Pride is solidarity in action.” To resist together is to be united in the pursuit to cultivate an inclusive community.
Written by: Renee Antaran of Edukasyon.ph; See original article here.
*Edits have been made by Inside Manila Editors