By Gabrielle Cayetano
De La Salle University-Dasmarinas students assembled in front of College of Tourism and Hospitality Management building in preparation for the pioneering March for Equality that symbolizes the commencement of the first-ever Equality week.
Students from different colleges held rainbow colored flags to show their support for equality in terms of empowering people from all genders.
The university’s student advocates, led by the ambassadors of Equality Week, gathered in the university field to craft an Equality Pride Flag formation which signifies that the university is recognizing the LGBTQ+ members of DLSU-D.
“It [equality week] signifies na ang DLSU-D hindi siya anti-gay, hindi siya anti-LGBT [It signifies that DLSU-D is not anti-gay, it is not anti-LGBT],” project head of Equality Week, Gelo Dela Cruz said. “And they are more accepting to who you are and being who you are is what they are happy for,” he added.
According to him, the Equality Parade has met more of the expectations of the organizers which has showcased the passion of the students concerning equality in terms of redefining masculinity, women empowerment, and LGBTQ+ recognition.
Week-long activities are in store for students during the Equality Week such as the Freedom Wall on April 24th, Equality Summit: SOGIE on April 25th, and a small band set in the university lake park on April 26th that is bound to end the Equality Week.