Colorful crosswalks were unveiled to show that both macho men and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community are warmly welcomed in the all-embracing Manila.
The mayor’s promise
The unveiling of the LGBT-friendly crosswalk in Manila is in response to the mayor’s promise for equal treatment for the LGBT community.
Manila Mayor-elect Francisco “Isko Moreno,” Domagoso said in the celebration of the Pride month, “Equal treatment for everyone is part of my vision for the city.”
“For this reason, you can be assured that everyone would be treated equally and with respect,” he added.
“You were born this way,” the mayor said as he urged the LGBT community to be proud of who they are.
On the night he was declared the winner in the mayoral race, the mayor said, “Manila will be more colorful.”
“The city has seen too much machismo. Under my stint, it will be different,” Moreno told reporters last May 15.
The Pride Lane
Other cities also unveiled pedestrian rainbow crosswalks such as San Julian Eastern Samar.
The San Julian Pride Advocacy Group Inc. of Eastern Samar shared on Facebook their desire to be seen and heard saying that the town of San Julian is a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community.
“This Pride crosswalk is our welcoming embrace to the LGBT+ people of Eastern Samar and everywhere that San Julian is a safe space by the implementation of our municipal Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (ADO) that we determinedly lobbied,” they said.
Desires for acceptance
“Our Pride crosswalk is our invitation for everyone to join us in our struggle for acceptance and equality,” they added. “Our Pride crosswalk is our visual reminder that we have come a long way and we still have a long way to go.”
With the approval of the DPWH provincial office, the project of San Julian was made possible, and become the first town to have its own Pride Lane in Eastern Visayas.
The Sangguniang Kabataan in Agdao District also unveils last July the first in the city PRIDEstrian Lane as they call it.
Barangay Lapu-Lapu in Agdao district SK chair Paolo Rodriguez said, “My friends, this (PRIDEstrian Lane) will be a constant reminder that all of us are equal and deserves to be respected.”
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