Over 1,000 LGBTQ+ members join Pride March in Oro

Over 1,000 members of the LGBTQ  community from various parts of Northern Mindanao participated in the first Pride March in Cagayan de Oro on June 24, 2023. (Photos from Rolando A. Uy Facebook page)
Over 1,000 members of the LGBTQ community from various parts of Northern Mindanao participated in the first Pride March in Cagayan de Oro on June 24, 2023. (Photos from Rolando A. Uy Facebook page)

OVER 1,000 members of the LGBTQ+ community from various parts of Northern Mindanao participated in the first Pride March in Cagayan de Oro on June 24, 2023.

The march started from Rodelsa Circle and ended in the city's Amphitheater where the pride show was conducted.

The pride show featured members of the LGBTQ+ community showcasing their talents, such as singing and dancing. There was also a fashion show wherein they dressed up representing their identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, followed by a drag show.

City Mayor Rolando "Klarex" Uy, who was present in the pride show, expressed his love for the LGBTQ+ community.

"Ipakita nako ninyo ang akong kalipay ug ipabati nako kaninyo nga gimahal mo nako, gihigugma mo nako, giila mo nako nga igsuon bisan tuod kaniadtong nanglabay nga panahon aduna'y mga diskriminasyon ug pagsaway apan sa akong kasingkasing parehas lang tang tanan," Uy said.

"Gani mismo ang inyong talagsaon nga tinaguan nga talento mao'y talagsaon kaayo makadala og kahimuot ug kalingaw sa mga katawhan. Inana akong pag-ila kaninyong mga kaigsuonan nako nga LGBTQ+ busa nalipay ko, nagpasalamat ko nga gitagaan ninyo og kahigayunan nga namugna ang atong LGBTQ+ dinhi sa dakbayan," he added.

Apart from the pride show, the city also organized other activities, including free HIV testing, OPD check up, pet adoption, veterinary services, and scholarship offerings (technical/vocational).

The event ended with a commitment signing and singing of a solidarity song.

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