Ikinagulat man subalit nagpakita ng suporta sa kaniyang pag-come out ang mga kaibigan at online followers ng anak nina Megastar Sharon Cuneta at outgoing Senator Kiko Pangilinan na si Miel Pangilinan, sa kaniyang Instagram post nitong Hunyo 14.
Si Miel, na magde-debut na sa Setyembre, ay nag-come out bilang isang “queer”. Makikita sa kaniyang IG post ang kaniyang mga litrato habang nakapalibot sa kaniyang katawan ang isang ‘pride flag’.
“This june, I am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer,” ani Miel.
“I really can’t figure out the words to say right now. it’s a really emotional and freeing time right now, and i’m endlessly thankful to my close friends and family who have supported me and shown me love as i’ve grown and explored my own gender and sexual identity.”
“I know it sounds silly, but posting this truly feels cathartic. I’ve spent so many sleepless nights over the span of much of my childhood and teenage life worrying and wondering about a plethora of things surrounding my identity, and it only feels right that I post this at the point I’m in now where i’m comfortable enough in who I am and who I love and how I choose to present. It’s kind of a full circle moment for me, in a way.”
“I’m also incredibly thankful that I am able to safely celebrate my identity this year, as I know there are many of people in this country that don’t have the same privilege. We’ve got a long way to go in terms of our fight for equality, but that is not to discredit the work and sacrifices made by queer filipinos throughout history and in the present day, who have done so much to make our voices heard and have helped us go farther than where we were before.”
“I’ve also got a lot to learn and understand as a newer member of the filipino queer community, and I’m trying my best to educate myself on current situations and present issues relating to gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights in our country, and I am always open to learn as much as i can especially from other figures in our community.”
“Happiest and safest of pride months, allies and members of the queer community alike,” saad ni Miel sa kaniyang IG post.
Nagpakita naman ng pagsuporta sa kaniya ang ate na si Kakie Pangilinan. Nagkomento rin dito si Judy Ann Santos, Sam Cruz, at Kiana Valenciano upang ipakita ang kanilang pagsuporta.
Ang “queer” umbrella term sa LGBTQIA+ community na nangangahulugang hindi heterosexual o kaya naman ay cisgender.
Samantala, wala pang reaksyon dito ang ateng si KC Concepcion o maging ang mga magulang.