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Myca Salonga is a Chemical Engineering student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Being a 20-something lets her indulge in all that Metro Manila has to offer: Food, Entertainment, Fashion -- all on a student's budget.

UP Pride: Celebrating Gender Equality

  • July 8, 2011, 6:59 a.m.
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The University of the Philippines has always been a safe place for its students, offering an open venue for different ideologies, orientations, religions and opinions. The UP Babaylan organized this year's Pride Week focusing on gender equality and anti-discrimintation. Contained is a firsthand account of the University of the Philippines Pride March last June 18, 2011.

Founded in 1992, the UP Babaylan is a proud organization mainly composed of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students. They have been championing the rights of the LGBT community within and outside of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, wherein they are based.

During the days of June 24 - July 1, 2011, the UP Babaylan have been celebrating the UP Pride Week with events catering to the advocacy of acceptance and gender equality. Many of their activities were also aimed at promoting the fight against discrimination.

One of their more popular events was the UP Pride March. It was a well-attended and well-covered collaboration among gender advocates and the LGBT community of the University. Heart Diño, the #1 University Student Council Councilor and Head of the USC Gender Committee, lead the march around the Academic Oval with about one hundred participants in tow.

Among the supporters present were representatives from the Akbayan Party List, the Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City, UP ALYANSA, BUKLOD CSSP and the UP DIliman Student Council.

The 2011 UP Pride March was held last June 28, 2011 around the UP Academic Oval, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The Pride parades are known worldwide as celebrations for the LGBT community. The first one was held on November 2, 1969 in New York City. Since the, it has been an annual event supporting the rights and freedoms of the gay and lesbian community. A lot of other countries have since come up with their own Pride marches, spanning 6 continents and 23 countries.

In the Philippines, it was only during 1994 that the Pride parades started. The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay Philippines) and the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) where the first organizations to organize the first LGBT Pride March in Asia. Since then, it has been a yearly event for the LGBT in the Philippines.

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