Usapang ATBPride: Opening Inclusive Diversity
This June, LoveYourself launches its LGBT Pride Month Campaign ATBPride (At Iba Pride), a play on the Filipino abbreviation for etcetera. While we take pride in one’s otherness as something special we come together as a community with kindness and mindful intentions. This includes listening to each other’s narratives and being open to learn about the diversity of people’s experiences.

Usapang ATBPride aims to engage the community at large in learning more about the experiences of selected people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Hosted by key community advocates, special guests come together and discuss misconceptions and personal stories as they discovered and came into terms with their sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Catch them live on the LoveYourself Inc. Facebook Page Tuesdays and Thursdays 8PM in the month of June.
 
June 9, 2020 8PM: Lesbians
Special Guests: Linda Flor Irlandesa, Angel Romero, and E.O Cedeno
Hosted by: Ging Cristobal
 
June 11, 2020 8PM: Gays
Special Guests: Macoy Averilla, Angelo Camaya, and Danvic Rosadino
Hosted by: Brian Galvez
 
June 16, 2020 8PM: Bisexuals and Pansexuals
Special Guests: Trisha O’Bannon, Janlee Dungca, and Cholo Moll
Hosted by: Ann Rodrigues
 
June 18, 2020 8PM: Transgender Men and Women
Special Guests: Mela Habijan, AJ Dela Paz, and  YanYan Arana
Hosted by: Franz Baylon
 
June 23, 2020 8PM: Queer and Gender Non Conforming People
Special Guests: Floyd Tiongangco, Jay Fernando, Henrie Diosa
Hosted by: Joma Ragragio
 
June 25, 2020 8PM: Intersex and Asexual Individuals
Special Guests: Jeff Balahadia Cagandahan
Hosted by: Asha Gutierez
 
This month, LoveYourself also released a photocard set on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) for beginners to put in simpler terms the different terminologies used when referring to one’s SOGIE. The organization also featured its volunteers and staff in a portrait series called Portraits of Pride showing how a diverse team of individuals can come together for a common cause.

“Iba-iba pero sama-sama (Different, but together)”. A sentiment for us to carry as we bond together for a common cause while recognizing and respecting each other’s story and origins. Key to this is for us to listen and participate. Don’t miss Usapang ATBPride every Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

Images and Graphics by Ria Brines & Serge Pizarro