BY JULES VIVAS

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The Pride season is an important time not just for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, but for all minorities, and for everyone who has ever been a target of hate crimes. The annual Pride March is one of the best ways to raise awareness, for all of us to be mindful of our own views and behaviors toward our fellow humans, and to be more supportive of each other, whether we are part of a certain community or not.

While there won’t be any face-to-face Pride parades happening in the Philippines this year, that doesn’t mean the global expression of gender equality will not be celebrated. Gatherings have moved virtually, and organizations have been hosting online viewing parties as a safe alternative to honor the LGBTQIA+ community.

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“Love still wins this year because even if we cannot physically march as we normally do, the celebration of Pride will continue online,” says Bogs Orial, co-chair of Spectrum Philippines, the LGBTQIA+ employee support group of TELUS International Philippines. For the past six years, the organization has supported the company’s employees on various gender inclusivity-related discussions and activities.

The enthusiasm of the Spectrum Philippines members was not dampened by the cancelation of this year’s local Pride March. They instead came up with a viewing list to those looking to have their own celebration of the parade online. Here are some of the titles you and your friends can watch together on a viewing party, suitable for all personality types.

For Netflix Binge-watchers  

RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Cast of Ru Paul's Drag Race season 10

Cast of Ru Paul’s Drag Race season 10

With 12 seasons of the show readily available for viewing, the competition to crown America’s “Next Drag Superstar” is a surefire way of keeping the party going. Hosted by the mother of all drag mothers, RuPaul, it’s full of funny quips and self-discovery moments from contestants. “The contestants have colorful personalities and the outfits you’ll see will also give you that Pride March feel even though there’s no parade,” says co-chair Shey Cruz

For Videoke Lovers

Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

The Joanne World Tour is Lady Gaga's fifth headlining concert tour, in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016).

The Joanne World Tour is Lady Gaga’s fifth headlining concert tour, in support of her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016).

“You can’t gather your friends and do videoke, so watching this via a viewing party is sure to give you that singalong, celebratory feeling,” member Arnon Almonina says. With her birit-worthy ballads and her heart-pumping dance moves, watching this Lady Gaga concert is sure to get you out of your bed–especially when you don’t feel like doing anything. 

 For Asian Cinema Fanatics
The Grey Rainbow 

The 2016 series is starred by Nutchapon Rattanamongkol as Nuer, and Kasidej Hongdalaromp as Porsche

The 2016 series is starred by Nutchapon Rattanamongkol as Nuer, and Kasidej Hongdalaromp as Porsche

This Thai film captures the love story and struggles of Porsche and Nuer, university dormmates who soon discover who they truly are. “It’s a struggle that the LGBTQIA+ community knows very well. The film also helps share a better understanding of how it is for most of us,” says member Bernard Tacuban

For Documentary Buffs
A Secret Love 

A secret love tells the story of two women falling in love in 1947, following their 65-year journey overcoming prejudice

A secret love tells the story of two women falling in love in 1947, following their 65-year journey overcoming prejudice

“This documentary truly proves that love wins! It’s really a must watch,” member Arian Corpuz mentions. The Netflix Original documentary centers on the story of Pat and Terry, who for over sixty-five years kept their same sex relationship a secret due to the norms of the time. Having started as a couple in the 1940s, they also share their experience as the decades changed, along with the evolution of the perception of relationships like theirs. 

For LGBTQI+ Allies 

The Half of It

Daniel Diemer plays Paul Munsky, Alex is Lemire as Aster Flores, and Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu in the 2020 American coming-of-age comedy-drama

Daniel Diemer plays Paul Munsky, Alex is Lemire as Aster Flores, and Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu in the 2020 American coming-of-age comedy-drama

A not-so typical teenage movie, The Half of it examines the complexities of teenage love, including discovering same sex attractions and the emergence of deep friendships that transcend gender stereotypes from the lens of its main character, Ellie Chiu. “The plot really drives home a lot of points that many of us, regardless of gender, can relate to. It’s a refreshing take on the subject without going for shock factor,” member Trizta Singh explains. 


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/06/23/get-your-pride-on-with-these-viewing-ideas/)