Puerto Princesa’s gay community is slated to hold a pride parade Saturday in celebration of the international pride month of June.
Favs Gabo, president of Balangaw, a local organization of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer), said they want to be recognized as a community that could help in the improvement of society.
“Gusto namin makita na part kami ng community na pwede kami pagkatiwalaan, na pwede kami maasahan, na pwede kami makatulong kung ano ang kaya namin. Kumbaga, gusto namin makita na may purpose kami kung bakit talaga ganito, kung bakit nandito yong LGBT, gusto namin makita yong purpose namin sa kanila, sa komunidad natin,” Gabo said Friday.
On Saturday, June 29, the Balangaw will conduct the 2nd Pride Parade to celebrate the International Pride month this June.
Gabo said they expect about 300 participants to join the event that was started in 2018 and led by Project H4.
The parade will start at 4:00 pm at the Old Airport where the parade with participants coming from the different barangays chapters of Balangaw who will wear costumes and will be joined by government agencies, and private groups.
After the parade, there will be a series of shows like Pride Got Talent, Neon Part, and the awarding of the best costumes at Mendoza Park.
“Gusto sana namin annually, yearly, meron kaming pride month para makita yong camaraderie ng bawat LGBT, ng bawat member yong Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender at Gay na makita rin nila na may isang community din kami dito sa Puerto Princesa so isa rin sa malakihang event ng LGBT itong Pride month dahil nga gusto rin namin makisabay sa international Pride month celebration,” he added.
Gabo said their group has chapters in Bancao-Bancao, Masipag, Bagong Sikat, Bagong Silang, and Mabuhay.
Balangaw is visiting the different barangays in the city to encourage them to form their chapters, he also said.
The chapters must be well represented by the presence of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, however, Gabo said that it is still hard on their part as some barangays are not yet open on this.
“Hindi rin naman ganon kaano ang ibang barangay, marami pa rin yong medyo nahihiya pa kaya sa part namin ay medyo mahirap pa pero alam naman namin kung unti-unti nila makikita yon, magiging okay naman siya,” he pointed out.
Gabo said they are now slowly gaining acceptance and recognition from the public.
In the past we suffer from discrimination, he admitted, which is why others ” choose not to go out.”
He said this is why their celebration is open to everyone in Palawan, he said.