Pride March, Malapit na!

Dear Friends,

Rainbow Greetings!

Task Force Pride (TFP) would like to invite you and/or your group to participate in the biggest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event of the year: the 2008 Manila Pride March, which will happen in Malate on 6 December 2008, Saturday, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. On-site registration and assembly is from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Remedios Circle or you can pre-register your participation online at http://www.manilapride2008.com/.

Theme. This year’s Pride March pays tribute to our rights, our lives, our loves, our selves. Thus, we envision the 2008 Manila Pride March to be the most visually spectacular to date. We encourage you to put on your best fairytale and fantasy costume, design your float accordingly and help transform the streets of Malate into a bursting display of rainbow colors and pride.
Route. The route of this year’s march is: Remedios Circle-Remedios Street-MH Del Pilar-Pedro Gil-Maria Orosa Street.

The march will be followed by the coronation of Miss Queen Philippines, the official Pride Queen of the 2008 Manila Pride March with a brief cultural program showcasing both LGBT and non-LGBT talents and culminate in a street party along Maria Orosa Street by the Orosa-Nakpil Courtyard.

Significance. The Pride March is known for its overwhelming attendance. It attracts thousands of participants and generates extensive local and international media attention.

This year’s Pride March is particularly significant as it marks TFP’s 10th year, coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR60) and the launch in Manila of the Yogyakarta Principles (http://www.yogyakartaprinciples.org/), an international declaration which affirms sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as fundamental human rights.

Please confirm your participation by contacting Bruce Amoroto, head of Participation Committee at +63.916.282.6781 or via email bruce.amoroto@gmail.com, or Yffar Aquino, member of the Participation Committee at +63.923.367.1964/ +63.906.506.66.50/ +63.908.683.17.22 or email him via raff_aquino@yahoo.com.ph. For the Bloggers that wants to join the march, please contact AJ Matela of BaklaAko.com and register at his website. You are also invited to join and volunteer for his committee, just log on at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/participationcom08tfp.

We hope that you will choose to make this year's Pride celebration a more festive, colorful and meaningful event with your participation. Thank you.

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