Migrants’ Pride launched its first Pride Parade in November 2015 to promote the rights and welfare of LGBT+ migrants in the community, to stop violence against women (as migrants are composed mainly of women), to call for equality and fight against homophobia and discrimination. Nearly 300 people attended the first year- including members of lesbian migrants’ groups and organisations, local Hong Kong supporters, students and advocates. There were three main organisations that spearheaded the event: Gabriela Hong Kong (GABRIELA-HK), Filguys-Gabriela Association (FILGUYS) and Filipino Lesbians Organization (FILO).
In 2016, the number of attendees doubled to almost 700! The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) took part in leading the event to ensure each participation from several nationalities. In 2017, they strengthened further as more groups participated and supported the event. Since then, Hong Kong locals and other nationalities from the LGBT+ community have joined and supported on a larger scale. Together, they have resolved to make Migrants’ Pride an annual activity in continuing the fight for equality and justice.
Pride, Freedom, and Change!
This year’s theme for will be “Pride, Freedom, and Change!” It will be a day to promote LGBT+ rights and dignity, a celebration of sexual diversity and affirmation of building a community that promotes love and equality.
“Together, we have PRIDE! We want FREEDOM from discrimination and social exclusion. It is only through collective action that we can achieve the CHANGE we want.”
Migrants’ Pride 2018 will take place on November 18th, from 10:00am. Details about the event and the march are on the Facebook Event page below:
Migrants’ Pride Program
Part I | 10 am- 12 pm
Central Chater Road West in front of Alexandra House
- ‘Sing for a Cause’
- Face painting, free shirt printing
Part II | 1:00pm
Assemble for the parade. The route will be from Edinburgh Place (City Hall) to major points of the Filipino community in Central converging back into the venue for the main program.
Part III | 2:00-5:00 pm
Main program with speeches & different cultural presentations from various LGBT+ members.