Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Promoting PRIDE

It can be said that we did everything we could to promote LGBT Pride to as many people as possible this year. In the beginning of our work in Task Force Pride (TFP) Philippines, the official LGBT network that has been organizing the annual Pride March in Manila since 1999, we all agreed to try this year to bring the message of Pride to previously untapped sectors, groups, establishments, institutions and individuals. We hope our hard work will pay off this Saturday, 6 December 2008 when the 2008 Manila Pride March finally happens.

Some of the things we did for PRIDE inlcude, a Halloween party, called Fright Night, Pride Night. It was sponsored by a new TFP organizational member, the Circle of Friends (CoF), an NGO dedictaed to the ideals of brotherhood and friendship. I went as Morticia Addams.


We also held several fundraisers including one called PRIDE NATION hosted by Bed Malate, one of our organizing partners. That night I met a group of drag performers called the Love Dolls.


Then finally, we spoke with all the LGBT bars in Malate where the 2008 Manila Pride March will happen this year. We asked them if they could help sponsor food, performances, etc. We went around Malate to give out posters and flyers and someone from CoF even dressed up as a Filipino super heroine, Darna all in the name of promoting Pride.


We have two days to go before the Pride March. Live, love and unite in and with Pride. See you on Saturday!

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