Enactment of Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and a Record-breaking Pride Parade Hit Marikina City Grounds
by Famela Dahonog
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Rain or shine thousands of people flock at this year’s Metro Manila Pride 2019 at the Marikina Sports Center on Saturday afternoon, June 29 to come together and celebrate with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) community and fight for equal rights and against discrimination.
The Local Government of Marikina as headed by Mayor Marcy Teodoro is full support for the LGBTQ+ community since it first hosted the Pride event back in 2017.
This is the third time that Marikina City hosted the Metro Manila Pride with a theme “Resist Together” which highlights Pride as a protest, community, and solidarity in action. It is rooted from the 1969 Stonewall riots where series of demonstrations against a police crackdown on a well-known gay bar in New York City.
Hosting the Metro Manila Pride is Marikina’s way of expressing support along with Mayor Marcy who announced the enactment of a local Anti-Discrimination Ordinance No. 065 series of 2019 which aims to promote equal rights on employment, education, housing and access to various government services to the LGBTQ+ community.
“Aking lalagdaan at ipatutupad ang Anti-Discrimination Ordinance na magbibigay ng pantay at pare-parehong karapatan sa trabaho, edukasyon, tirahan at mga serbisyo ng pamahalaan,” Mayor Marcy said during the Pride event.
Under the ordinance, violators may be penalized with imprisonment of 60 days to one year and/or a fine ranging from P1,000 to P5,000.
The ordinance also prescribes the creation of an Anti-Discrimination Council which will be composed of the mayor, key city officials, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“Walang sinoman sa basehan ng kasarian, pinanggalingan o pananampalataya ang hindi tatanggapin,” added Mayor Marcy.
This is a move of the Local Government of Marikina as an answer to the pending Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression Equality (SOGIEE) Bill in Congress.
The Pride parade started at four in the afternoon at the entrance of the Marikina Sports Center all the way to J.P. Rizal St. in Calumpang and back to the sports complex.
Those who attended the Metro Manila Pride enjoyed performances from various artists including the award-winner, Morissette Amon. Different booths that celebrate the diverse colors of the LGBTQ+ community were set up around the sports complex as well.
A record-breaking 70,000 people from different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces marched in the rain, waved rainbow flags and wore their bright printed clothes occupied the Marikina Sports Center and filled the air with beaming spirits of pride and joy. The number of attendees surpassed last year’s 25,000 attendance.
Mayor Marcy, who is proud to be an ally, is committed to empower the LGBTQ+ community and provide them a safe place for living where everyone is respected and valued whatever sexual orientation or gender identity it may be.
“This is our home where each individual is respected and valued as a person. Here, there is no room for violence or discrimination,” said Mayor Marcy.
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