Greetings. It’s time for a quick update on the progressing we’re making with the WWP project and our upcoming plans for 2010.
First, Chad is *almost* done going through the photos from the Manila and Taipei pride marches, so expect to see all the images we have posted on Flickr by the end of next week.
In addition, Chad has with some convincing … er maybe pestering, hah, agreed to start posting a blog entry after each parade. He’ll be talking about the experience from a photographer’s perspective. This includes his process for photographing the marches, what he looks for, and why. As the project evolves with the more parades we attend, the aim is to show how each march really does have a life of its own, and the diversity – from the provocative and flamboyantly dressed to those more reserved and ordinary in their style. However, keep in mind the project has just begun, so expect to see a lot more variety concerning pride images and community subcultures as we continue.
We are also preparing for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, almost 3 weeks of events stretching from Feb. 19 to March 7. There’s a huge variety of activities planned, including Fair day at the park which expects up to 70,000 attendees on Feb. 21, the Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 27 themed “Mardi Gras’ History of the World”, followed on Feb. 28 by Harbour day, an outdoor party opposite the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Please let us know if you’ve attended any of these events in the past, as we’d welcome any comments or advice to help us prepare – firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Sydney March we also plan to get a voice recorder and one of those mini-cams, so there should be an enhanced multimedia documentation of this parade.
Finally, we’d like to give a thank you to Toweleroad.com and JustOut which have posted links to our project on their website.
Happy New Year!
(Video of Mardi Gras 2009 produced by www.samesame.com.au)
Helping people sign up at the 2009 Manila Pride March, Fr. Richard Mickley continues to show his support for the LGBT movement, as he has done for the last 40 some years.
With firsthand experience of the founding of MCC Philippines, along with memories of starting the first Manila Pride March in 1994, Fr. Richard took the time to share these reflections and others with me recently concerning his involvement with MCC.
Click here to read Fr. Richard’s interview
Fr. Richard at the 2009 Manila Pride March
The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is an international Christian denomination that reaches out to the LGBT community. There are MCC churches around the world, including four churches in the Philippines. Rev. Ceejay Agbayani is a clergy member of the MCC church in Quezon City, and led this year’s candle light vigil at the 2009 Manila Pride March.
Rev. Ceejay was kind enough to answer some questions concerning MCC and the recent pride parade.
Rev. Ceejay at Manila Pride March, 2009
Click here to read Rev. Ceejay’s interview
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The next pride parade we’re attending is: Sydney - Feb. 27, 2010
Sydney 2010 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
Visiting the 2009 Manila Pride March was a hugely positive experience. As you can see from the pics, the parade was full of energy and color. Many thanks to all the members of the Philippines LGBT community who have made the experience so welcoming.
Even before the march, we’d been in contact with several individuals that helped us get connected with the community. One of these persons was Bruce Portugal Amoroto, a gay activist living in Manila. Bruce is the President-Coordinator of the Philippine Forum on Sports, Culture, Sexuality and Human Rights (TEAM PILIPINAS), Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Asia Pacific Sport Association (GLISA Asia Pacific), and a member of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) International Board of Directors. And, most recently Bruce has been kind enough to answer some questions I posed him about TEAM PILIPINAS, the “I Am Not Immoral” project, and his thoughts on this year’s pride parade.
Click here to read Bruce Amoroto’s interview
The Seal of TEAM PILIPINAS
Check out videos of the Manila Pride March 2009 on the WWPproject’s Youtube playlist!
… and share with us any other videos you might have of the parade, we’re happy to add them to the channel.
Just under 4,000 photos were taken by Charles at this year’s Manila Pride March. Images can be viewed at the WWP: Behind the Photos blog, and we are working to upload even more onto Flickr. Expect to a see some additional blog entries about the parade, plus interviews with members in the Philippines’ gay community following within the next few days.
We’d love to see your pictures of the parade as well – if you have photos on Flickr you can share them by adding the WWP project as a friend. Thanks! http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkwithpride/
Team Pilipinas at the Manila Pride March, Dec. 5, 2009