Araneta City celebrates Pride Month with message of inclusivity

Published June 23, 2022, 12:10 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

This entire month, we celebrate lives authentically lived—people who are not afraid to wear
their hearts on their sleeves, individuals who fearlessly and proudly tell the world that, indeed,
love is love, no matter your creed, beliefs, or gender.

In time for Pride Month, the City of Firsts is standing with the LGBTQIA+ community and
underscoring its commitment to promoting and fostering inclusivity through a series of
programs that aim to empower members of the community. This year, Araneta City chose the
theme “You Matter, No Matter” in recognition of the sheer importance of telling members of
the LGBTQIA+ community that everything about their identity matters.

“We have always been proud supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community and we have always
advocated for greater equality and inclusivity for them. They are always welcome here at
Araneta City, a community that is more than honored to welcome them and ensure that the
entire City of Firsts is a safe space for them. We want to tell them that whatever their gender
identity, whatever pronoun they opt to use, or whatever their status is, they matter, their
voices and presence matter,” said Marjorie Go, AVP for marketing of Araneta City, Inc.

In line with Araneta City’s celebration of Pride Month, the City of Firsts has prepared several
activities that aim to uplift, empower, and embolden members of the LGBTQIA+ community to
be proud of who they are.

First, the City of Firsts will have a special exhibit at the Gateway Mall Activity Area to educate
the public about the relevance and power held by the chosen pronouns of queer people. The
“Hi! What’s your pronoun?” will highlight the various pronouns and neopronouns that
members of the LGBTQIA+ community use. From familiar terms like he, she, they or them, to
newer, more gender neutral ones like xe, xyr, hir, and siya, the exhibit aims to enlighten visitors
on the importance of using the correct pronouns in addressing queer individuals. The “Hi!
What’s your pronoun?” Exhibit will run from June 26 until June 30.

Next, Araneta City is working closely with LoveYourselfPH to conduct an intimate discussion
about safe sex, the importance of self-acceptance, and self-love. Another relevant topic in this
discussion is the tackling of various ways to fight the stigma against HIV. The talk will happen at
the Gateway Gallery on June 26 and will be attended by Bb. Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah