To belong to the LGBT community also could mean having a very unique relationship.
Jake Evangelio and his girlfriend Jemee Allarde posted their photo on Twitter while participating in the pride parade. They seemed the picture of a couple very much in love.
Being effeminate, queer, and bi in a het relationship has unique challenges. Although not as difficult as what same sex couples experience, it still shows how society views gender and sexuality. Aside from bierasure, there is this pressure to stay and be heteronormative. pic.twitter.com/m7xXxyyifu
— Ry #SaveSanRoque (@misterryne) July 2, 2019
Both have truly accepted and love each other’s identity as Jake being a “queer” because he does not believe in the gender binary and his girlfriend Jemee who is really a straight female.
In an interview of the Dailypedia via message, Jake shared one of the challenges that they have encountered many times, it is more about questioning his sexuality. Some people are saying that he is just using his girlfriend to hide his sexuality. But because of love, Jemee chooses to stay by his side and give him the freedom to express his true self.
They both believe that the love they both have is true and that’s the reason they choose to stay together.
“Ours is not a perfect relationship but we chose to stay because we know that what we have is true,” he said
Most netizens were happy for them and some even wished that someday they would also find the same love that they have.
HHAHAHAHA di naman ako nagmamadali. Pero sana may dumating.
— sop (@watashiwasopya) July 4, 2019
Jake’s message for those who choose to love regardless of sexuality is “continue to love and always choose to be kind. Love people wholly and not just their parts.” He also hopes for those who continue to judge the unique relationships of the LGBT community to become more sensitive and open-minded.
“I hope that they try to be more sensitive and open-minded. In the end, we are just humans trying to experience life.”