THE YEAR 2021
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
#JusticeForJenniferLaude – September 7 2021
No ally would grant absolute pardon to a killer of a transgender woman. Pemberton is a murderer. Duterte is an enabler.
A year has passed, but our stance never changed. The late Jennifer Laude deserves that justice be brought to her name.
MONTH OF AUGUST
#HappyAnniversary- August 29, 2021
Today we celebrate 29 years of family, advocacy, and resistance!
As long as there is oppression, there is resistance. We in UP Babaylan will never stop fighting for our rights until we reclaim the spaces unjustly denied from us—until we achieve equality and liberation for all!
MONTH OF JULY
#InternationalNonBinaryDay – July 14, 2021
Your gender is something only you can define—or not. We stand with you in breaking down patriarchal gender norms and fighting for visibility and liberation.
Be proud of yourself, because we take pride in you.
#InternationalDragDay- July 16, 2021
This #InternationalDragDay, we celebrate how Drag has progressively transitioned from being marginalized in society to being mainstream. The promotion of Drag as both an art form and tool for activism is part of our fight to break down patriarchal gender norms.
With the growth of ridicule, discrimination, & harassment against Drag for their expression, we must continue to move towards a society that promotes safe spaces especially for those who wish to freely express themselves.
Forever, Drag is political. Drag is resistance!
MONTH OF JUNE
#PrideMonth – June 1, 2021
Today, it is still unsafe to march with Pride on the streets in many parts of the world. In the Philippines, the Duterte administration’s failure to enact a rights-based and evidence-based response has led to alarming rates of COVID-19 deaths and human rights violations.
At the same time, discrimination, harassment and violence continue to rob LGBTQI people of the right to exist and live freely as themselves. Our lawmakers’ negligence in refusing to pass the SOGIE Equality Bill for 21 years now has enabled this cycle of abuse against our community. It is precisely because of these growing threats to our existence that we must strengthen our fight for equality.
May this celebration remind us of our continuous battle against SOGIESC-based stigma and discrimination. While being in our homes, in unity and solidarity, let us promote self-affirmation, visibility and equality for all LGBTQI persons throughout the world, who are all moving forward in their respective journeys everyday.
This Pride Month and beyond, let’s unite for our rights as one community together with other oppressed groups – for we can only heal through solidarity.
#IndependenceDay – June 12, 2021
This #IndependenceDay, we commemorate the proclamation of our independence, a sign of victory after everything the Filipino people sacrificed for freedom.
At the same time, we continue to battle against injustice and all threats to our independence.
As we celebrate #IndependenceDay, alongside our fight for LGBTQI rights, we are hand in hand against all forms of inequality, oppression & human rights violations.
MONTH OF MAY
#MayoUno2021 – May 1, 2021
Ngayong Araw ng Manggagawa, ating ipaglaban ang lahat ng mga manggagawa!Labor rights are human rights!Our fight for equality extends to the workplace—we stand with ALL workers in fighting all forms of employment discrimination & labor rights violations!
#CandlelightMemorial2020 – May 17, 2020
International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2020
#AgenderPrideDay – May 19, 2021
Today, on Agender Pride Day, we are reminded that the human experience is diverse. Whether you are with or without gender, we take pride in you.
Let’s celebrate agender lives, spread awareness about their struggles, & join them in their fight for self-determination and equality!
Learn more: https://www.them.us/story/inqueery-agender
#PanVisibilityDay – May 24, 2021
This Pansexual and Panromantic Awareness and Visibility Day, we celebrate our pansexual and panromantic siblings from all backgrounds and walks of life. Continue living in your truth and continue loving who you wish regardless of gender!
This day is an opportunity not only to celebrate, but to educate ourselves to improve inclusivity for our pan siblings [SEE: https://tinyurl.com/s4hnrrr2]. Let’s all take steps in creating a society where we can express our identities & selves, loudly and proudly!
MONTH OF APRIL
#SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth! – April 1, 2021
As the pandemic rages on, we are forced to resort to virtual spaces. Amidst this shift, sexual harassment, abuse, and violence still persist. Everyone, especially women & people of diverse SOGIESC, remain vulnerable more than ever.
For #SAAM2021, let us educate ourselves and raise awareness on how we can create safe spaces and promote a culture of consent, respect, and accountability. Moreover, we must demand for the full implementation of RA 11313 or Safe Spaces Act.
Let’s always support and stand with victim-survivors in fighting for justice. Together, let’s challenge the patriarchal system that continuously violates its victims, and build a society that protects and respects each individual, their body, and their rights.
#WeekofColors April 9 – 2021
Since the start of the pandemic, this regime has been proving its absolute incompetence. The absence of leadership and clear plans have severely impacted Filipinos, endangering lives and making everyone, especially marginalized communities like the LGBTQI, vulnerable and defenseless. In the span of a year, we have witnessed increasing numbers of (1) state-sponsored violence, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty and hunger, and (4) SOGIESC-based discrimination and violence. As our l… See More
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#LesbianVisibilityDay – April 26, 2021
On this day, and every day, we celebrate all women and non-binary individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and identify as lesbian. We recognize that lesbians have been and will always be vital to the progression of the LGBTQI movement. Together with our lesbian siblings, let’s all unite in the fight for equality. Let’s never cease to amplify their voices and speak for all the minorities. We deserve a society that recognizes and supports ALL lesbian people and the marginalized to live their lives without fear!
MONTH OF MARCH
Today, we are celebrating every individual and their rights, regardless of age, race, disabilities, and SOGIE. Each person is entitled to their full human rights, without fear of discrimination.
Let us remind ourselves of our role to take part in the fight to end all forms of discrimination and inequalities. Every single day, we must continue to confront the systems of oppression that enable countless violations of our human rights.
Babae, ikaw ang pag-asa ng lipunan.
Maligayang araw ng kababaihan, mga mahal! Ngayong araw, ating ginugunita ang mga buhay ng lahat ng uri ng kababaihan mula sa iba’t ibang oryentasyon, pagkakakilanlan, pananampalataya, lahi, at ang lahat ng kababaihan! Ini-aalala natin sa araw na ito ang mga miyembro ng ating lipunan sa tumulong sa pagtaguyod at patuloy na nagtataguyod sa kaunlaran ng lipunan gamit ang likas na kapangyarihan ng kababaihan! Gayundin, marapat din nating alalahanin ang mga kababaihan na mga essential workers na silang walang-sawang nilalabanan ang hirap sa gitna ng pandemya.
Muli, maligayang araw ng kababaihan mula sa Jubay-Clark!
#TransDayOfVisibility – March 31, 2021
Tandaan mo, tunay ka.
Mapagpalayang trans visibility day sa ating lahat, lalo na sa ating mga trans na kapatid! Nawa’y patuloy-tuloy na ang pagmulat ng lipunan sa buhay ng mga trans! Higit pa, nawa’y magkaroon tayo sa hinaharap ng lipunang kailanman ay hindi magtatanggi ng halaga isang indbidiwal dahil lamang sa gender identity nito. Naniniwala nang taus-puso ang UP Babaylan-Clark na lahat tayo’y may kanya-kanyang pinta ng kulay ng mundo at kinagagalawang lipunan at kailanman ay hindi ito kukupas.
Sa araw na ito, alalahanin natin ang mga nagtaguyod at bumubuhay sa trans community. Mahalaga ring alalahanin ang mga marahas na napaslang dahil sa transphobia at ipaglagay sa ating mga kalooban ang kanilang hustisya. Sa araw na ito, ipagbunyi natin ang lahat ng trans kapatid, mapa-lesbiyana, mapa-pre-op/non-op, at kahit anong uri pa.
Tandaan mo, tunay ka. At kailanman ay hindi ka magiging huwad, kahit ano pa ang sabihin nila.
MONTH OF FEBRUARY
Let’s talk about sex, baby!Today on Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day, we persist in the work to fight the social stigma attached to conversations around our own health and bodies.
UP Babaylan continues to advocate for a more comprehensive, safer-sex approach to sex education in the country, and the proper implementation of the RPRH Act of 2012.
#AromanticAwarenessWeek – February 14, 2021
While it is a right to pursue who you love, it is also absolutely normal to feel only a little to no romantic attraction towards other people. Our society is heavily fixated on romantic relationships, and influenced by cisheteronormative ideas on relationships. Last week, we celebrated romantic love with Valentine’s Day. This week, however, we celebrate the Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week and assert that everyone has diverse sexual and romantic orientations that are all valid.
Aromanticism has been clouded with myths and misconceptions that invalidate our aromantic folks. Let’s celebrate them by proactively educating ourselves and others on aromanticism and busting myths surrounding it.
As a support and advocacy group, UP Babaylan recognizes the validity of SOGIESC diversity. We are one with the aromantic community in fighting for the right to self-determination and personal identity, despite society’s imposition of cisheteronormative conventions.
MONTH OF JANUARY
#HolocaustMemorialDay – January 27, 2021
On this day, January 27, we remember and commemorate each victim of the Holocaust during World War II. Millions of Jews, Roma, Sinti, LGBTQI people, and persons with disabilities were slain during this dark period in history.
We must always be reminded of our obligation to uphold human rights and stand against hatred, discrimination, and prejudice. We remember the dark past and the lives lost, so we can fight for a brighter and more inclusive future.
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