Google Pride Conversations: 5 inspirational LGBTQ+ individuals who lead the way

by - Saturday, July 04, 2020

Just before this year's Pride month ended, Google Philippines capped off the colorful celebration by featuring five powerful members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community who shared their remarkable stories at the recent “Pride Conversations”, which was streamed live on the Google Philippines YouTube channel.

The Google Pride Conversations happened last June 30, 2020, at Google PH's YouTube channel

Barangay Mayamot Kagawad Kristine Ibardolaza

Barangay Mayamot Kagawad Kristine Ibardolaza is the first transgender woman elected into office in Antipolo City and has been a driving force in her barangay’s COVID-19 response. She also founded two organizations in support of the LGBTQIA+ community: Transpinay of Antipolo Organization (TAO) and Mayamot LGBTQ and Youth Advocates (MALAYA)

Also, a fashion force to be revoked with, Kristine is a talented designer and dressmaker, whose pieces have caught the attention of some media and celebrities. She is also a mother to a beautiful 7-year-old daughter.

Dr. Berry Beriña

Dr. Berry Beriña is a Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery Fellow at the Southern Philippines Medical Center and plans to pursue further training in Gender Reassignment Surgery. She started transitioning during her pre-med years at Ateneo de Manila University, with the support of her parents.

Gaki Azurin

Gaki Azurin is the picture of confidence and passion, and is pursuing interests that many may assume are only dominated by men. She is a personal fitness trainer, owns an industrial cleaning business in the food and beverage industry, and plays the drums for indie rock band Flying Ipis. Gaki, also known as GakiMoto, is one of the few female motovloggers on YouTube She also founded the all-female riding group, Litas Manila. 

Mikey Bustos

Also known as the "Ambassador of Filipinos on the Internet",  Mikey Bustos is a Canada-born Filipino singer/songwriter/performer, comedian, actor, video maker, and online personality. He is best known for his witty Filipino-themed musical videos, both comedic and serious, on YouTube.

Melai Lopez

A Program Manager at Google, Melai Lopez looks after everything related to the Network Deployment team's outsourced professional services. This includes contracts, budgets, POs, risk assessments, and access for vendors. Her team is also responsible for the Network Deployment's outsourcing strategy in general. As part of Pride@Google, she uses her voice to move the conversation forward internally in Google and uses this privilege to contribute back to the LGBTQ+ community through external-facing activations.

Learn more about their inspiring stories when you head to Google Philippines YouTube channel. Happy Pride, everyone! 🏳️‍🌈

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