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Philippines’ biggest city gets its first rainbow crossing for Pride month

Philippines’ biggest city gets its first rainbow crossing for Pride month

overhead photo of a rainbow crossing with people crossing

Quezon City, the biggest city in the Philippines has just got its first rainbow crossing to celebrate Pride month.

The Araneta Center in Quezon City painted the rainbow crossing to celebrate the city’s LGBTI community.

The center is a hub of retail, entertainment, residential, hospitality, and office developments. About 1 million people visit the center on a daily basis. It is also famous for hosting the 1975 ‘Thrilla in Manila’ boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Adorably, they’ve named the crossing their PRIDEdestrian.

An overhead shot of a rainbow crossing, the lines are thin and there are cars waiting to cross
Quezon City’s rainbow crossing. | Photo: Facebook

‘Love knows no limits… We know its #pridemonth🌈 and our rainbow pedestrian art RESPECT EVERYONE’S DIFFERENCES!’ wrote the Center on its Facebook page.

‘This is in full support of pride month this June and we want to tell the world that we embrace diversity at [the] Araneta Center,’ the admin of the Araneta Center’s Facebook page told Coconuts Manila.

Two people walking across a rainbow crossing, the photos shows the backs of them
Crossing the rainbow crossing. | Photo: Facebook

Rainbow crossing

The Quezon City rainbow crossing is not the first in the Philippines.

Mandue City painted the first rainbow crossing in the country, while the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman branch put one up last year for Pride Month.

The Philippines is regarded as one of the most LGBTI friendly countries in Asia.

But the country does not recognize same-sex marriage and the Federal Senate is dragging its feet on legislation that would protect the community from legislation.

A recent United Nations study revealed that 30% of LGBTI people in the Philippines faced discrimination or bullying in the workplace.

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