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Members of the Libulan Circle collectively hold the symbolic flag to celebrate the pride of the LGBTQIA+ community. Photo by Jupiter Cabig Jr.

Libulan Circle launching, “There’s a greater battle outside”

Members of the LGBTQIA+ community and student supporters marched their way around the Ateneo campus to officially launch Libulan Circle, an organization that seeks to recognize the members of the LGBTQIA last June 28, 2017, Wednesday.

The newly-established organization shared that it envisions to institutionalize the existence of the LGBTQIA+ community and stop the victimization of its members which is still rampant inside and outside the school during its program held at Arrupe Hall.

In an interview, Louis Millares, president of Libulan Circle, said that the battle for the LGBTQIA+ community extends even outside the school which include catcalling, cursing and other forms of discrimination.

“There’s already acceptance inside the school. The greater battle is outside the school where most of the people still lacks the understanding of our identities,” he said.

Moreover, Millares expressed his hope to the entire Atenean community by compelling those who are willing to voice out for the oppressed members of the LGBTQIA+ and inform those who are still ignorant of their identities.

“I urge the entire Atenean community to help disseminate information about the identities of the members of the LGBTQIA+ to counter hate and discrimination which is so rampant outside the school,” he expressed.

An apparent support from the school’s administration was manifested by allowing the Libulan Circle to be recognized despite the conservative nature of both the Catholic and Jesuit community.

The said event collaborated with SAMAHAN and its Welfare Committee, Amnesty International, Youth, CCO and SCAP.

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