Yesterday, June 24th, we celebrated the 23rd annual — the longest in South East Asia and almost as old as I am — Metro Manila Pride March Festival.
It was technically my 2nd time to attend but it was my 1st time to actually join the march. And to say that the experience was nothing short of amazing, liberating, and empowering would be an understatement.
I saw a lot of couples holding hands, hugging, kissing, and basically showing all kinds of affection without worrying about being condemned and judged by other people. I saw a lot of straight allies showing their massive support and love for everyone who’s part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Unfortunately and sadly, I also saw a few (thank god) protesters who are so adamantly against us and who are blatantly shouting their hate for “people like us”. It makes me wonder if the religion and the god and the bible that they’re, without any hesitations, shoving down our throats are things that they actually live by and for on a daily basis.
Are these people actually following the bible to the T or just hating on the LGBTQ+ people for selfish and personal reasons? The answer, I might never know. But I have come to realize that they are, in fact, all hypocrites and their twisted beliefs and blind hatred are some things that I should not be bothered by (doesn’t mean I can’t be annoyed by them, though).
So instead, I’ll share the love and I’ll spread the love. After all, who doesn’t like rainbows and unicorns? 🌈 HAPPY PRIDE, EVERYONE!
Day 5 of my 30 Days of Writing Challenge.