LGBT+ community demands wage increases, defense of rights and sovereignty

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Wage increase, defense of rights and protection of gender minorities, defense of national sovereignty and human rights are a few of the prominent calls during the Pride March last June 24. Bahaghari, the national-democratic organization that promotes LGBT+ rights in the country, led the campaign.

The group led the protest in the Southern Tagalog Pride, Metro Baguio Pride, and Central Luzon Pride. It also joined the march of tens of thousands of LGBT+ and their allies in Makati City and Quezon City.

More than 500 participated in the Metro-Baguio Pride march from Session Road to Igorot Park. The protest was filled with colorful and rainbow flags, placards with various calls, and performances. They also held a Pride Fair at the Igorot Park from June 21 to June 23.

In Laguna, hundreds of delegates from various sectors in Southern Tagalog gathered at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños campus in celebration of Pride Month. There was also a large gathering in Angeles City, Pampanga. Similar actions were mounted by different groups in Biñan in Laguna, and Cebu City. There were also activities in Dumaguete City and Mandaue City on June 25.

Bahaghari recalled on that day the first Pride March in the Philippines launched by Pro-gay, a national democratic organization of gays, in 1994. The march was also the first in entire Asia.

Bahaghari also supported the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression) bill in congress that stipulates the recognition of the rights of LGBT+ people.

LGBT+ community demands wage increases, defense of rights and sovereignty