MANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday commemorated pride month by encouraging the LGBTQIA+ community to keep fighting for reforms, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
The LGBTQIA+ or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Plus community should continue to form support groups and reach out to families and friends to promote equality, said Robredo.
"Darating din ang araw na babalikan natin ang lahat ng ito, sasabihing everything was worth the effort, everything was worth the sacrifice, everything was worth the fight. Push lang nang push mga besh," she said in a video message of Facebook.
(The day will come when we will look back at all this, and say everything was worth the effort, everything was worth the sacrifice, everything was worth the fight. Keep on pushing, friends.)
“Sa ating pagbuo ng isang post-COVID-19 na mundo,
huwag sana kayong panghinaan ng loob, makilahok, makiisa at huwag magsawang rumampa,” Robredo said.
(As we create a post-COVID-19 world, I hope you don't lose hope, and instead participate, and don't stop the strut.)
She also urged members of the LGBTQIA+ community who hold positions of power, such as lawyers, doctors, and public servants to "use your influence to change mindsets, promote acceptance and push for reforms on the ground."
"Now more than ever, we need to set an example to the younger generation. Ipakita natin sa kanila na wala silang dapat ipangamba at malaya silang maging kung ano at sino sila," Robredo said.
(Let's show them they have nothing to worry about and they can be what and who they are.)