LA Gay Pride weekend becomes Pinoy pride showcase

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 9, 2014

WEST HOLLYWOOD – This year’s LA Gay Pride weekend became a celebration of Pinoy pride.

For the first time in the festival’s history, Filipinos were part of the royal court; including Mr. and Ms. LA Pride and Empress.

“I’m really proud to be a spokesperson in this community. Everyone is having fun. Especially this year is a really really big event,” Pride Empress KC Abueva said.

“It’s funny because we don’t think of our ethnicity but it is cool because as Filipinos and Filipinas there’s a lot of under-representation. We’re proud on that sense we can represent,” Mr. Pride 2014 said.

The three-day festival showcased non-stop drinking, dancing, and drag versions of iconic pop divas. The event vent was capped off with a two mile March through the city of West Hollywood.

With the continued advancements in gay rights in recent years, the annual gay pride celebrations have become a more festive celebration of acceptance.

“Especially since we changed from LGBT to TLGB. A lot has happened in the community with Laverne Cox on the Time magazine, the first transgender on Time magazine. I thought that was really cool,” Mandapat said.

The Pinoy-led royal court said promoting gay pride is their responsibility as ambassadors of the transgender lesbian gay and bisexual community.

“I’m very excited about what’s going to come in the future. There’s going to be a lot of projects were going to be involved. Of course, I’m very very proud to represent this event,” Ms. Pride 2014 Kim Marco-Hudec said.

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