- Philippines to hold the LGBT Pride March today, June 25, at Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta Park.
- The recent Orlando shooting, which targeted the members of the third sex in a night club, scares the LGBT community to attend the Pride March.
- Rumors claimed that homophobic attacks are targeting the event.
Some members of the LGBT community are having second thoughts joining this year’s Pride March because of fear of homophobic attacks.
Rumors claimed that there is a possibility of a similar attack at the event. The controversial Orlando shooting reportedly stemmed from the terrorist’s hate towards gays. According to reports, the shooter, Omar Mateen, showed signs of being gay as he has accounts in gay apps and websites. However, the shooter allegedly felt guilty and wrong.
Reports added that this confusion led to a resolve as he thought that he will be forgiven or accepted by his religion if he kills gays as a form of atonement.
Meanwhile, This year’s theme of the parade is “Let Love In: Kahit Kanino, Kahit Kailan”. This delivers a message to welcome love from anyone, anytime.
The event will kick off at 2pm and will feature an open marketplace with merchandise sold by LGBTQ-owned, -themed, and -friendly businesses, photo booths, solidarity messages, and fun performances.
Majority of Filipinos are still conservative when it comes to the topic of LGBT due to the teachings of Catholicism. Moreover, other religions like Iglesia Ni Cristo, Born Again, Baptist, and Ang Dating Daan also abhor the third sex among their ranks.
This made some gays and lesbians afraid to come out and openly expressed their sexuality for they are afraid of being judged. This has been the advocacy of Metro Manila Pride for years – to enable members of the LGBTQIA+ to have the courage to be who they really are as well as to push the rights of the community like same-sex marriage.