Your guide to building community and being an ally in the time of coronavirus
With everything going on, it seemed almost impossible to celebrate Pride month. But if there’s anything we’ve learned during quarantine, being stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t come together to march for our rights. Now more than ever, we’ve seen the power of technology and social media; how it can bring people together to educate themselves better, to support important causes, and to mobilize and take action.
This year’s Pride march isn’t cancelled—and it never will be, as long as there are people like you and me that share the community’s message of love and unity, of inclusivity, diversity and equality. Enter: Pride March from Home: United for COVID Relief, an effort by Pride@Tech that makes it possible for us to march safely in our homes for the benefit of LGBTQIA+ communities. Composed of Globe, GCash, Google, Facebook, IBM, Analog Devices and Propel Manila, the group’s virtual platform makes it easy to take part in this year’s march. First, log on to Pride March From Home and follow these steps:
- Set a virtual pride route. Remember to keep your address private!
- Color your march with your chosen Pride color
- Make it count by submitting with hashtags #Recreate #Pride2020 #PrideMarchFromHome
- Pledge your support with a donation or by sharing it online
All proceeds will go directly to LGBTQIA+ communities affected by COVID-19 through iVolunteer, the Philippines' first volunteer portal built by volunteers for volunteers to spread the passion of volunteerism in the country.
Mark your calendars, the biggest pride march online happens Saturday, June 27, 3PM. This event is in collaboration with MM Pride, iVolunteer and Globe. See you there!
Art Mathew Fetalver