Manila, Philippines – Inanunsyo ng Metro Manila Pride na kinansela na nila ang all in-person events para sa Metro Manila Pride March and Festival 2020 na nakatakda sa 27 June 2020 kaugnay ng sitwasyon sa COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the annual Metro Manila Pride March and Festival on 27 June 2020 will not push through as originally planned,” pahayag ni Jihad Mambuay, March and Festival Events Management Co-Head.
“The scale of our annual gathering can bring unnecessary risks to public health. It might further burden our healthcare system and other frontline services that are already struggling to respond to the effects of this pandemic.”
Kasama sa mga nakansela ang Pride Speaks, Hang Outs and lectures, fundraising activities, at iba pa.
“At MMPride, our promise is to create safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community,” saad naman ni Mikhail Quijano, March and Festival Communications and Campaigns Co-Head.
“Our safe space isn’t just a physical space. It is about creating an environment where our community stands together, helps each other, learns continuously, and fights for the equal rights of all—no matter where we are.”
“While the situation prevents us from coming together and marching in the streets, it will in no way stop us from using online spaces to fight for our rights, protest injustices against the LGBTQIA+ sector, stand in solidarity with other vulnerable sectors, and celebrate our communities,” lahad pa nito. RNT/FGDC