[Statement] Pride is not a celebration, but a manifestation of resistance -Y4HRD

As one of the allies of the LGBTQ+ sector, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy pushes for a non-discriminatory environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

We march with LGBTQ+ members who have been discriminated in their schools for expressing their individuality. Let this be a reminder to keep schools as safe spaces for these institutions are in charge of developing children’s cognition and personality. We call on the concerned agencies such as the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to include subjects that will extensively tackle the history and the struggle of the LGBTQ+ and to implement policies that will ensure the safety of children who identify themselves as part of the spectrum.

We march with LGBTQ+ members who have been discriminated in their respective workplaces. We condemn workplaces that implicitly and explicitly propagate homophobic, sexist, and misogynistic ideas such as decreasing wages, stripping off benefits, manipulating bureaucratic functions, sexually abusing members of the sector, and threatening them of losing their jobs. We also stand with allies who have been victimized by the shameful acts of these institutions.

We march with the LGBTQ+ members who have been physically and emotionally violated by anyone including the people from the government and the church. We vehemently condemn the homophobic and sexist remarks uttered by Rodrigo Duterte. His remarks (which is a clear manifestation of his apathy towards the protection of the sector) have further proven his incompetence in running the country.

As citizens, we demand action from our government. Therefore, we call on the legislative body to hasten the passage of the anti-discrimination bill as it will fundamentally ensure the protection of the rights of the sector.

Homophobia, sexism, misogyny, and gender-related violence has no place in our society. For the longest time, we have gathered, connected, and learned about the struggles of the sector, and we believe that now is the best time to move. We believe that the fight of the LGBTQ+ is multi-sectoral and that we should now go beyond awareness.

The revolution has begun. It is time to #ResistTogether.

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