The annual Metro Manila LGBT Pride March is a rather important event for me and Tobie and we make it a point to find a way to join the march every year. And this year marks the first time that there are two planned Pride Marches in Metro Manila - the Metro Manila Pride March on December 6 and the QC Pride March on December 13.
On the whole, it's great that we're seeing more opportunities for folks to show their pride and participate more in the local LGBT advocacy scene. But hopefully this should also represent growing support for the LGBT rights movement with Quezon City being the first city government to organize its own LGBT Pride event.
I think Tobie and I will more likely attend the Quezon City Pride March, especially given the progress made with the LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance in the city, but if we're lucky we'll be able to manage both in order to show support for all of our LGBT peers and straight allies.
I guess my social networks are at that point in life when such marriage-focused stories become items of primary interest. Heck, I tend to be among the first to share them as well. And on the surface it's easy to just feel all warm and fuzzy about such things, on the flip side there's the somber reminder that marriage is not something I can actually explore with Tobie just yet. Sure, there are other countries that recognize same-sex marriage or strange religious institutions who perform the ceremony locally as well. But at the end of the day, the Philippines is still one of those countries where marriage equality hasn't quite happened yet - that and many other rights still being denied to the Filipino LGBT community.
But a guy can still hope, right? I think a lot of my viewing of different wedding proposal gimmicks and concept shoots for engagement photos are all part of longer term planning efforts for what Tobie and I might consider trying when we finally have that legal option to get married here.
Here are a few rather endearing videos that may serve as interesting inspiration for possible engagement plans - for now I shall vehemently deny planning anything. LOL