More than a celebration, Pride marches have always fostered a sense of community that allows every LGBTQ individual to feel empowered to be themselves. Though the current quarantine measures may be keeping us from painting the streets rainbow this June, no pandemic can impede the queer community from (virtually) holding each other up, perhaps even more so during these trying times of isolation.
In hopes of providing a safe space for the LGBTQ community to converse and interact with each other, Blued, a leading global gay social app, is launching a series of talks in the Philippines through their platform. Dubbed #LetsTalkOnBluedPH, the campaign “aims to provide insightful conversations where Filipino gay men could engage in and learn from, while staying at home.”
The talks, which are to be launched mid-June in celebration of Pride month, will cover various topics ranging from Fighting Social Injustice, Working Efficiently from Home, Prioritizing Mental Health, Keeping Physically Fit, Improving Home Cooking, to Elevating Style and Grooming. “#Let’sTalkOnBluedPH is a continuation of our mission to inspire, educate, and empower Filipino gay men to live their best lives not just for themselves, but for the society at large,” says Evan Tan, Blued Philippines’ Country Marketing Manager.
Each discussion will be facilitated by “opinion leaders” who are part of the local queer community. This includes creative director Vince Uy and fashion photographer BJ Pascual. “What the community needs is also a support system. And I think Blued is also championing that—creating a space where people can freely converse. And not just converse, but learn from each other,” says Vince during Blued’s virtual press con.
See the full schedule of talks below.
What’s more important, in line with their campaign, Blued has partnered with three LGBTQ organizations, all of whom have been hit hard by the repercussions of the pandemic, including the Home for the Golden Gays (HGG), the AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP), and the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP).
“Talagang ang unang tinamaan is ‘yung economic effect sa aming lahat. ‘Yung mga pinagkakakitaan naming araw-araw at yung mga oportunidad para kumita, lahat nawala yun,” shares HGG’s President Mon Busa. That said, the following talks also aim to echo and champion the advocacies of the aforementioned groups, as well as to raise funds to help support their members in this extraordinary time of need.
For more information, visit Blued’s Facebook page.