Naging usap-usapan ang pagbubunyag ni Miel Pangilinan, anak nina Megastar Sharon Cuneta at outgoing Senator Kiko Pangilinan, na isa itong queer.
“This June, I am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer,” ani Miel sa kaniyang Instagram post noong Hunyo 14.
“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.”
“Yes, I am the gay cousin,” dagdag pa sa dulo ni Miel.
Unang-unang nagpakita ng suporta sa kaniya ang ateng si Frankie ‘Kakie’ Pangilinan gayundin ang mga pinsang sina Kiana Valenciano at Gab Pangilinan.
Nagpakita na rin ng pagsuporta sa kaniya ang ilang celebrity friends, gaya ng mag-asawang Judy Ann Santos at Ryan Agoncillo.
Higit sa lahat, tanggap ng kaniyang mga magulang kung anuman ang kaniyang kasarian. Sa isang Instagram post, Miyerkules, sinabi ng Megastar na inaasahan niyang gagawa ng atensiyon ang paglaladlad ni Miel, at negatibo aniya ang marami dito.
Sunod na tiniyak ni Mega na walang problema at tanggap nila kung kapwa babae ang mamahalin ng anak at sinabing hindi nito mababago ang pagmamahal nila kay Miel.
Makikita naman sa IG post ni Miel ang komento rito ng kaniyang Daddy Kiko.
“I love you my Yellie Bellie. Mama and I will always be here for you. Always, For certain. Forever. No matter what. Period. No more comma. The end of the paragraph. Amen.”
Ngunit positibo man ang naging pagtanggap ng nakararami ay may mga netizen ding hindi negatibo ang pagtanggap dito. Ibinahagi ni Kakie sa kaniyang Twitter ang pagtugon ni Miel sa isang netizen na nag-asam na sana ay fake news lang ang ginawa niyang paglaladlad.
“Please give Yellie some love today if you can! There are some homophobes in her inbox and mentions upset about her pride post,” pakiusap ni Kakie.
Mapapansin sa mensahe ng netizen na bagama’t umaasam siyang fake news ang pagbabantad ni Miel sa kaniyang kasarian, pinuri naman nito ang katapangan niya.
Sagot ni Miel, “This early?? Lmaoo (laughing my ass off obviously). I’m so sorry your heart is broken but unfortunately it’s true, I am queer.
“I’m so sorry you think that news like this is heartbreaking to you, but it isn’t to me. I am so sorry that the news of my coming out is so painful for your heart to bear. The fact that you’re wishing that my COMING OUT is fake news is insanely offensive to me.”
“No amount of your commendation of my bravery will cancel out the fact that you wish I wasn’t actually queer—which doesn’t change anything, anyway.”
“Your approval whether I have it or not literally does not matter to me. I truly hope that you learn to be a more tolerant person and if you don’t you have no place in my comments section or in any of the communities I’m a part of.”