Yes, discussions about the annual “walk” being identified as a “march” (meaning it’s political) versus a “parade” (meaning it’s just for show) have happened in the past, but – by and large – the evolution of Pride here to end up mimicking Western model/s can be argued to be not happening. Kapag kumita itong store, may take home (I don’t get basic salary, just a percentage of what the store earns. But on a regular basis, his take home is from P150 to P200 per day. Tapos nangungupahan lang kami (I also send a sibling to school. Then trying to sound optimistic: “Keri lang, buti nga at may trabaho ako. Niño, mas more na malapit kami sa kanya, maraming blessing siya binibihgay sa amin,” she shared. Niño, Gretchen is always ridiculed because she is trans. THE CHARMING WAITRESS “Nagkaroon ako ng boyfriend dati, estudyante lang siya. Kaya lang tuwing nagkikita kami, binibigyan ko siya ng allowance para may panggastos siya sa school (I had a BF before. Isa sa marming rason, wala akong maayos na trabaho – trabaho na pwede ako ipagmalaki at iuwi sa bahay para ipakilala (It’s not like I have a choice. One of the reasons is I don’t even have a good job – a job that will make him proud to introduce me to his family).” Kakay works in one of the pares houses in Manila.Fact: There will be opponents and supporters of both sides. If the store earns something, then I get to take home something),” he said. Hindi katulad ng iba dyan, hirap na hirap maghanap ng trabaho (It’s okay, at least I have a job. With Al only getting some five hours of rest every day, “celebrating” Pride is far from his mind. But she said: “Unsa ang kinahanglan nga ako kaulawan? Gretchen thanks God that despite the discrimination she is experiencing, there are still many people who continue to trust her with their religious intercessions. She has been with them for many years already, even if“mababa lang ang sahod, okay na rin (I don’t earn much, though that’s just fine).” She tried her luck – several times actually – to apply for other jobs.Their family used to be in a better financial situation, but because of his son’s medical condition – and the insufficient support that Phil Health gives to PLHIV– Mang Rey is now struggling to make ends meet.
It’s us who really need attention and support).” Pride – we say – is for everyone, including (if not particularly for) those at the fringes, the people most in need of finding this Pride.
Because sans them in the equation, ours is a tattered rainbow, with the destruction coming from within…
Those whose idea of Pride is limited to “it’s not for people like us”. and yet seemingly left by the very movement that’s supposed to help them find this Pride. Pinaghirapan ko ang lahat ng ito (I worked hard for what I now have),” she said.
THE LESBIAN CONFIDANT People always mistake them as lovers. “Pero kung may pagkakataon na mas maging okay ang sitwasyon ko, syempre attack ako doon.
He added: “ana ung mga NGO dyan o ung mga grupo para sa mga bakla at may HIV, tignan nila ung mga may kailangan talaga, hindi lang ung mga may kaya.