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Metro Manila pride parade cancelled

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Organizers cancelled the Metro Manila Pride Parade this year amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The organizers of the biggest annual gathering of the LGBTQ community said they cancelled the originally planned date on June 27 because it could "bring unnecessary risks to public health and might further burden our healthcare system and other frontline services.”

“Social distancing does not mean social disconnection. As we physically distance from each other, let us not forget to practice social solidarity. While the situation prevents us from coming together in person, it will in no way stop us from using online spaces to fight for our rights, protest injustices against the LGBTQ sector, stand in solidarity with other vulnerable sectors, and celebrate our communities,” the organizers said in a statement.

In light of these circumstances, the organizers said they have been in the process of shifting the in-person activities to various online engagements.

“We may not fill the streets but we will still be as loud and as proud in as many digital channels as possible,” the group said.

The organizers encouraged everyone to tune in their social media pages and websites in the next few weeks for the announcement of online events and activities.

“During times of crisis, the marginalized, including the LGBTQ sector, are the most vulnerable to violations of their human rights. Pride has always been—and will always be—a human rights movement,” the group underscored.

The group urged the public to stand in solidarity with others sectors as well, “as injustices happen around us in the name of peace and order.”

Meanwhile, the group said that the tentative host city, Pasay City government and Cultural Center of the Philippines expressed their inability to accommodate them this year. They will be open, however, to a partnership next year.

Last year with more than 70,000 participants, the Metro Manila Pride March remained the largest pride demonstration in Southeast Asia.

The Metro Manila Pride is a volunteer-based and non-profit organization that creates safe, educational, and empowering spaces for the LGBTQ Filipinos.

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