On Valentine’s Day, the Ateneo Law School (ALS), through the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) officially launched the first-ever Pride Week, serving as a call for society to end prejudices and discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. The theme for this year’s edition of Pride Week is Pride: End Prejudice.
The celebration began with an exhibit held at the Ateneo Professional Schools Atrium, which described the legislative history of the Anti-Discrimination Bill, and provided a forum where participants could articulate their experiences, views, and support for the LGBTQ community by writing on blank panels in the exhibit.
The second day was dubbed the “Rainbow Ribbon Day,” during which the ALS community was encouraged to wear rainbow-colored ribbons, as an expression oft standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
The Brown Bag Session, a symposium considered as the main event of Pride Week, was conducted on the third day. Atty. Kenjie Aman, Atty. Von Cuerpo, and Paula Anne Marie Vasquez were invited to share their experiences as members of the LGBTQ community, insights as to the reasons behind the prejudices, and possible solutions to overcome them.
Pride Week 2017 culminated with Solidarity Night, held on the last day of the week, wherein poetry was shared and music was performed to encourage and celebrate LGBTQ empowerment. P
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