Rainbow flags were raised and a sense of unity prevailed as members of the university’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and allies marched around Ateneo de Davao University in celebration of the school’s second LGBT Pride March held last Sept. 28, at Arrupe Hall.
The event is a collaboration between several clubs and organizations, namely AIESEC, Ateneo Film Circle, Atenews, BAHAGHARI, BUKLAT, JSWAP, Nature Watch Club, PIGLASAPAT, SAMAPULA, SAMASIKOFIL, SINIKOM, and YES.
SAMAHAN External Vice President Khryzza Mae Pinzon elaborated on the spirit behind the event.
“It’s to say to the Ateneo community that the LGBT fight is not just a fight of the LGBT community, but it’s a fight for all of us, to give us a society that is not gender-biased,” she said.
Drummers and a giant LGBT flag led the march, which started at Arrupe Hall and followed a route around the Jacinto campus. Representatives from the organizing clubs and organizations brought placards that all called for an increased awareness of LGBT issues in the Philippines.
Accountancy student and proud transgender woman JC Alquizar shared her thoughts on the historic event.
“I am very happy because Ateneo [now supports] the promotion of gender sensitivity and I am very proud that I am a transgender and that we are all gathered here, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people and especially the allies. We have [allies] here from different sectors and I am just happy because now we feel more empowered and more recognized,” she said.
The Pride March is part of a LGBT Pride Week, a series of events held to empower the LGBT population both inside and outside the university community.