We, as a free and unbound student organization with majority of its members from De La Salle University-Manila, fully support the University of the Philippines Pride March and its mission to educate to end hate and discrimination as well as celebrate the beauty of diversity found in the LGBTQ community.
Despite advances over the years—from the very first Pride March in the Philippines to the formation of a political party list, LADLAD—progress towards achieving equal opportunities, equal treatment and equal rights for every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and queer is not in a place where we want it to be. Every minute of every day, there is one that is bullied, one that is driven out of their own home, one that is rejected by employers, one that gets sick and one that is killed.
This is not something to be tolerated and this is not something to be taken lightly. Human rights, even the most basic, are being trampled on.
Through initiatives as such as well as various others, unity, and collective effort, we can make history happen. Let us work together in educating those who do not understand, in fighting for what is just and what is due to us, and in working towards our common vision—a society that is non-discriminating and accepting of the LGBTQ community.