Dubbed as "29 Steps for LGBT Human Rights
," Saturday's event was envisioned
to "promote awareness on the Yogyakarta Principlesâ€”a set of principles on the application of international human rights laws on sexual orientation and gender identity issues."
The festival was a collage of various activities such as an art exhibit, a free showing of different films (Muli
(Again), Thank You Girls, Courage Unfolds Video Documentary, and Rome and Juliet), musical performances, information booths, and a job fair of companies that have LGBT-friendly office policies.
In order to further raise awareness, one segment of the program was dedicated to a pop quiz where audience members who were able to answer the trivia questions were given free copies of the Yogyakarta Principles
as well as copies of An Activist's Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles
. According to the hosts, Ging Cristobal and Meagan Aguilar, the original text of the Yogyakarta Principles has been translated into Filipino by GALANG Philippines
, a non-profit organization that helps lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in urban poor communities. Representatives from the Queer Pagan Network closed the program by performing a ritual that pays tribute to the victims of hate crimes in the country.
Among the organizations that put up booths at the event were Amnesty International Philippines, Ladlad Party List, IBM Eagle, Accenture, AIDS Society of the Philippines, Society of Transexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), Filipino Freethinkers, Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City, and Task Force Pride. Representatives from Deaf Rainbow Philippines, Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex (COLORS), Philippine LGBT Rights Watch, and Zone One Tondo Organization (ZOTO) were also at the event.
The event was the last of a line up of activities
to commemorate June as LGBT pride month.