By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has joined the observance of Autistic Pride Day this June 18 and urged Filipinos to change their attitude towards autistic people and see autism as a difference rather than a disability.
“Every year, organizations from all over the world come together to celebrate Autistic Pride Day on June 18 with a variety of events meant to bring not just awareness but acceptance and autonomy for those who identify on the Autism Spectrum,” the Commission tweeted.
Autistic Pride Day, originally an initiative by the Aspies for Freedom group, is a celebration for autistic people that was patterned after the gay pride movement. It is even represented by a rainbow infinity symbol.
Autistic pride is all about recognizing the importance of pride for autistic people and seeing them as unique individuals and not just people requiring treatment.
The CHR has always been about equality, and has already highlighted the importance of equal treatment of the lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community.
Pride Month is celebrated every June. It is called “pride” to contradict the shame and social stigma that is usually attached to the LGBTQ community.
Here in the Philippines, the CHR said that the LGBTQ community deserves to be treated just the same as everybody else.
“Wala na dapat lugar ang diskriminasyon sa mundo natin ngayon. Kaya imbes na hate, let’s spread love and stand up for the rights of our brothers and sisters from the LGBTQIA+ community. (There is no place for discrimination in our world today. So instead of hate, let’s spread the love and stand up for the rights of our brothers and sisters from the LGBTQIA + community),” the Commission said.