Sometimes, a guy has to do what he feels is right, even if other people might disagree. Sometimes, a guy has to show support for what is right, even if others might think he is wrong. I'm joining the Pride March later today.
I'm showing my support.
I do not believe discrimination should be allowed to thrive, especially when it stands in the way and prevents others from having the rights everyone else is given. While I understand not everyone will share such open-mindedness, I have long believed the government to the very least must do so. And when it does not, the people must speak up and complain.
I have not complained for a very long time.
Even back during my younger years when I was much more vocal about certain views, when it came to gender politics, I usually took a back seat. While I did have some play productions as part of Alternatibong Teatro para sa Bagong Pilipino which cited the need for gender sensitivity, I always found myself shying away from being more vocal against discrimination out of deference and respect towards my parents and family. Understandably, they would prefer a quieter life. Who wouldn't want one?
And in many ways, that is the same thing that is being sought here.
A quieter life.
When one has equal rights, and is treated and accepted as an equal, one gains access to a quieter life.
I join today's march to show I believe there is a need for acceptance.
I join today's march because we all have to do our part sooner or later.
I have wanted to do my part for the longest time. Now, I choose to do so.
For the past few years, I've called my blog "The Garapata Can Speak."
So I am speaking.
I only hope you will, at least, listen.