IN PHOTOS: Coming together for love and equality at the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March


The 23rd Metro Manila Pride March was held at Marikina City last Saturday, June 23, 2017. Being the longest-running LGBTQ+ festival in Asia, it continues to be a safe space for people of all genders in the country.

This year’s theme is #HereTogether, which served as a call for the allies of the LGBTQ+ community-friends, family, co-workers — to come out and show their support for equality. The official convener of the festival, Metro Manila Pride, estimated that there were 7,718 attendees this year — a larger crowd compared to the 4,000+ people who joined last year’s march.

Check out some of our photos from the event:

Attendees taking shelter and holding up the pride flag during the Metro Manila Pride March. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Although majority of the attendees were millennials, older members of the LGBTQ+ community were also present. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

A couple participating in the march kisses in front of religious protesters. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

A couple holds hands after the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Members of the LGBT Students Network who attended the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Ja Quintana performed at the program before the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Attendees hold up their signs prior to the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

One of the first-timers who attended this year’s Pride March. Metro Manila Pride created a group for those who wanted to march but didn’t have anyone to go with. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Members of Side B Philippines, a “research-oriented group” composed of LGBT activists who identify as bisexuals, present at the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Members of Lady Gaga Philippines hold up a banner with a quote from the singer. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

A group of attendees donned a full rainbow spectrum of Hanbok, the traditional costume of Korea. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Marching band that played during the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

A member of the Metropolitan Community Church wears the pride flag during the march. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

#HereTogether for Marawi: Members of Gabriela Youth also called for support for the residents of Marawi in light of the crisis there. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Members of the Filipino Freethinkers came dressed as the Babadook, a figure from a horror movie that became an icon for the LGBTQ+ community because of a series of memes. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago (second from left, in blue) participated in the march together with Bahaghari-Metro Manila. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

“The closet is no place for us”– Participants hold up their signs during the Pride March. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

#SquadGoals at the Pride March. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net

 

Filipino writer and professor Danton Remoto (middle of photo, in white) was also present at the event. PAULINE REYES/INQUIRER.net