A good amount of celebrities attended the Metro Manila Pride, one of them was Ashley Rivera.
Rivera went on Instagram to share what she felt like during the parade. It looked like she had a great time, showing off like the divas there. Then she said something in her final post that had the community up in rage.
Rivera said that she must have been a sassy drag queen in her past life because of the way she positively connects with the LGBTQ+ community.
“Most of my friends are gay because I choose to be w/ people who are full of life, people that I effortlessly vibe with, people w/ the biggest hearts. I have my own beliefs & I don’t necessarily agree w/ everything they fight for but I do respect them as long as they respect me too.”
Netizens posted screenshots of the now deleted post on Twitter and highlighted the part when Rivera said she does not agree with everything that the community is fighting for.
The screenshot then showed an Instagram user replying to Rivera’s post saying, “That’s pretty shady. Tell me exactly what u do not agree with. Maybe I can be enlightened.”
Rivera replied with, “I’m not being shady. I don’t agree with same sex marriage but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna hate on them all. That’s all.”
Netizens then reacted negatively.
so apparently for her pride, the fight for equal rights, and the lgbtqia+ community is a marketing platform? tangina CANCELLED
— Just Gelo (@justgeloisfine) July 4, 2019
If she thinks LGBTQIA+ deserves less right than hers then that makes her a Bigot not an Ally! Ewww ka Petra
— chel lang tayo| tuloy ang laban (@111_yep) July 4, 2019
Canceled si Ashley Rivera/Petra Mahalimuyak jusko. Hindi po accessories ang struggle ng LGBTQIA, and you can't adorn your personality with positive things you associate with gays and then deny their rights in the same breath
— it me, dr (@malanDR69) July 4, 2019
Who is Ashley Rivera though Hahahaha. #hypocrisy strikes. lol supporting but with reservation? Mas malala is if you’re a homosexual and you disagree with granting equality to your LGBTQ community.
— pam (@impamsamoy) July 4, 2019
You can be a Christian & still respect the LGBT community. You don’t have to agree with their views but disrespecting & judging them bc you see things differently is mean & disgusting. Y’all cant even realize a sin when you do one but claim you don’t agree for “religious beliefs”
— Ashley Rivera (@asap__ash) July 1, 2019
I used to like Ashley Rivera a lot. But sorry girl, you’re cancelledt. You went to the pride march for all the wrong reasons and I hope your “friends” realize that their causes are not entirely supported by you. Tsk tsk.
— MARKKE ◑ (@boompaulo) July 4, 2019
Ashley Rivera also doesn't support same-sex marriage.
If you don't think queer folks deserve all the rights that straight folks have, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME AT PRIDE. GANUN KA-SIMPLE. https://t.co/TFRbdR7Ork
— ya friendly neighborhood tita (@yourtitakate) July 4, 2019
Ashley Rivera/Petra Mahalimuyak, #Pride is not just about having a good time. It is a protest for equal rights, including our right to marry – which you are against of.
— Gem (not from UP Admissions) (@ronaldgem) July 3, 2019
Travel blogger Angel Dei Peralta also criticized the celebrity saying that Rivera shouldn’t label herself as an ally of the community if she doesn’t that they deserve the same rights as her.
Please don’t call yourself an ally or don’t declare that you support and respect the LGBT community if you don’t believe that they deserve the same rights that you’re enjoying. https://t.co/OwfVjBq4fA
— Angel Dei (@_angeldei) July 4, 2019
The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill is still on hold at the Senate and this is all thanks to Senator Joel Villanueva.
Ganda Filipinas Executive Director Naomi Fontanos said that Joel Villanueva is the only reason why the bill isn’t advancing.
Ironically, Villanueva is one of the bill’s co-authors.
Villanueva’s father, Eddie Villanueva, the founder of Jesus is Lord ministry, showed his support for the LGBT community back in 2015 but emphasized that marriage should always only be limited to a man and a woman, nothing more, nothing less.
According to Fontanos, the bill has been scheduled for interpellation for a total of 25 times.
The bill was delayed by more than 200 session days at the Senate even after the House of Representatives passed it already by a vote of 198-0, according to Fontanos.
Villanueva, influenced by Jesus Is Lord ministry, said that he will see to it that the bill does not get approved if it goes against the freedom of religion.
“Definitely… [I] will make sure it won’t pass at the expense of freedom of religion,” he said.
it's really frustrating when lawmakers, like sen. joel villanueva @TeamTrabaho hinders the passage of sogie based on freedom of religion, when religion should not interfere with state and that the constitution provides for equal rights pic.twitter.com/bVqrnntUaU
— Navigator (@thenavigator8) June 2, 2019
i dont even have words for this.
MANNY PACQUIAO, JOEL VILLANUEVA, TITO SOTTO, I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. WHY?
Is passing a law prohibiting sogie-based discrimination against your faith? pic.twitter.com/Dv9IPyCrnP
— christian agano (@invrtedalphabet) June 4, 2019
Just like Senator Imee Marcos, Villanueva wants a bill that protects the rights of individuals of different races, social status, religion, and many other factors, not just the LGBT community.
“When it reached the plenary, ako yung tinuturo na laging nagba-block at nagdedebate, kasi every debate namin hindi nila masagot yung mga tanong namin.”
The reason why he stepped up as a co-author for the bill because he is against discrimination.
Some members of the LGBT community have shown hostile behavior towards Villanueva and his family, specifically his children. They would burn his and his children’s pictures. They have attacked him at LGBT events, including the recent Metro Manila Pride March with over 70,000 in attendance.
“Pati mga pictures ng mga anak ko, inaano nila,” he said.
TAGS: Eddie Villanueva, Ganda Filipinas, gays, Jesus Is Lord, Joel Villanueva, lesbian, LGBT, Naomi Fontanos, Pride, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), sogie bill
Coming out of the closet can be considered as one of the bravest acts that a person can do, especially when family and friends have known them as a being straight over the years.
A video of a high school graduate in New York named Mason Bleu went viral on social media after he admitted his true identity as a bisexual during his valedictory speech. For him, that was the scariest thing he had ever done. But the fear disappeared when he heard the crowd cheering for him as he felt the love from all his classmates and friends in school.
So I came out during my valedictorian speech. It was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done but the reaction was amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported me! #Pride2019 #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/u8ih03NTJd
— bicon living (@maasonbleu) June 29, 2019
In an interview with CBS This Morning, he was asked on how did he decide about the place and the time that he would make that very personal announcement. Bleu said that when he was writing his valedictory speech, he was thinking to write about being “proud of who you were, what you achieve in high school or anything you’d be proud of. ” That was when he realized that there is something that he should be proud of which he hid it from everyone. To be talking of being proud, he felt it was hypocritical if he was hiding something that he should be proud to tell everyone.
Bleu was also asked the reason for hiding his sexuality and his main reason was that he was scared of what people would think. During his speech, he really wasn’t sure if he was really going to do it but when he got to the end, he did. He wasn’t even expecting the positive reactions of his classmates.
His mother was worried about him when he said that he would do it which made her ask: “Are you sure you want to do that?” He said that it gave him the reason to pause because he didn’t want to do anything that would disappoint her. While saying his speech, he is not even looking at the crowd because he was so scared. But then it all turned out positively.
Mason Bleu was so grateful because he did it, thankful for the positive reactions that he received, and proud to do something so brave.
The Metro Manila Pride march last June 29 had approximately 77,000 attendees. Supporters were fighting for equal rights as seen on the signs they were holding up.
It is expected that a big event like this would be associated with other rights concerning other groups.
@rrdelosangeles went to twitter and had a complaint.
He said that the pride event should have been entirely focused on fighting for equal rights because there were some placards that were irrelevant in his perception, placards that said, “Sahod itaas, presyo ibaba.”
He sees these actions as an exploitation of the community’s event.
But one of his co-supporters made it clear that things like this are completely understandable.
@abducens_ said that the LGBT equal rights battle is just as important as any other issue in the country. He also stated that many LGBT members are struggling financially.
He agreed with the “Sahod itaas, presyo ibaba” slogan since there are LGBT members out there who need to work more than 8 hours just to get by.
He also shared that once upon a time, Magnolia would make their employees go on a 24-hour shift, and would suspend them if they did otherwise.
The user also wants people to boycott Pepmaco. Pepmaco employees had a big protest in Laguna but were neutralized by its owner, Simeon Tiu.
The user also emphasized that the government has spent more on the military than health services, which is directly associated with the gay community.
With such a big event, the promotion and selling of products were inevitable. Big companies tried to exploit this, but the user made it clear that the event achieved a lot by putting attention to issues that matter the most.
Tengene seryoso ba to??? Hirap ng walang class analysis haist
— Leonard Javier ✊ #HealthForAll ⌬ (@STPbasileo) June 29, 2019
he changed his username lol, coward piece of shit
— saudade (@hnnhdnz) June 29, 2019
Things are more complex than they seem. Don’t forget that Geraldine Roman, a transwoman, is a sitting congressperson, now on her second term. Look her up to see what she has done for the LGBT.
— alanmB612 (@alanmB612) June 30, 2019
Sa true lang siz! Pero dinelete niya na yung tweet.
— Kat #ResistTogether (@katbascon) June 29, 2019
The LGBTQ community is not new to discrimination.
Even though things are a lot better for LGBTQs today compared to what they had to deal with in the past, they still face prejudice from homophobes.
Kayecie Sia and his gay friends went to an eatery called Ernest’s Bulaluhan Tapsilogan Paresan, atbp. and got something extra in their bill.
He said that the people who worked there were laughing as they were ordering. They were unaware why the crew was laughing though.
“Nag tatawanan sila habang umoorder kming mag kakaibigan.”
He remembers that they were polite in their approach when they were ordering food.
“Umorder k naman ng naayos nakipag usap naman s knla ng maayos.”
After they ate, they were handed their bill with the words “Labas Bakla” scribbled on it. This angered them so much because they had done nothing wrong.
“Nag bayad umorder ng maayos ultimo sa resibo hndi pa din kmi ginagalang at may pangalan binigay ang magulang namin para isulat sa resibo na BAKLA tlga.”
This made them question whether these people have never been around individuals like them. But it doesn’t matter, Kayecie said as he’ll leave it all up to God.
The post has over 3k likes.
“Samahan kita!!! Kausapin may ari!!!”
“Bastos naman nyan!!”
“ireklamo nga dapat yan ng matutong rumispeto mga bastos sila ang ganda pa nmn ng anak ko”
“Pinakain nyo sana yung resibo kung sinuman ang nagsulat nyan.”
“Bugbugin nayan at sirain ang tindahan hayufff”
A netizen named Robert Dela Cruz Mendoza shared his one-of-a-kind LGBTQ love story on social media. He described his 15-year long relationship like a “good gay meets bad gay” situation, where one is a party boy and the other a friendly boy with no vices.
Their love story began when Robert sent a message to a television program to which he immediately received a reply through a text message. He decided to meet the texter, but then three people showed up at his house.
“Nag try akong mag message nun sa tv tapos biglang may nagtxt agad sa akin. Then nakikipag meet sa akin agad. Nag ok agad ako pero ang usapan namin nung kausap ko is sya lang magisa. Then dumating kayo 3 sa bahay.”
His partner wasn’t the one who first texted him, but he was of the three who went to his house. His partner apparently fell in love with him at first sight and asked for his number.
“Hindi ikaw ang nagtxt sa akin si mamu. Pero nung nakita mo ko eh na LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT KA AGAD. hehehheh… then kinuha mo yng phone # ko tapos tinawagan mo ko agad2 at nagpakilala na ikaw yng naka white shirt.”
For then on, they called each other every day and started dating. He even introduced him to his family and his mother who didn’t even know he was gay.
“Nalaman lang nya kasi nagaway tayo tapos hinabol mo ko tapos tinaguan kita at hindi mo ko nakita. Akala ko yun na talaga yung last na pagkikita natin. Pero sumulpot ka sa bahay namin para kausapin ako at kuhain ulit ang loob ko.”
He wanted to earn a lot of money, so one day he decided to work abroad though he knew that leaving his partner behind would hurt him.
“One day nagdecide akong pumunta ng ibang bansa para dun na lng ako mag work. Kasi feeling ko nandun ang ikakayaman ko kahit masakit sa akin na iwanan ka. Pero ending umalis ako ng nagiiyakan tayo.”
Since doesn’t believe in long distance relationship or LDR, Robert asked him to follow him to UAE. He even threatened his partner that if the latter does not go to UAE then they should break up. After four months, they were together again.
“If hindi ka pupunta ng UAE at hindi ka susunod eh makikipaghiwalay na ko. Pero still dahil sa sobrang in-love na in-love ka sa akin after 4months sinikap mong makapunta sa UAE para magkita ulit tayo at magsama.”
Their situation in UAE was not that easy so they decided to go back to the Philippines to look for jobs. They agreed that his partner would work while he stayed at home for five years.
“Nung nandto na tayo sa pilipinas, Ikaw lang naman ang nag work kasi sabi mo bubuhayin mo ko at sa bahay lang ako. Ang batla sunod sunuran kaya di nag work siguro mga 5 years din akong di nag work.”
They got into a huge fight that sent Robert packing and leaving the home they shared. It took an intervention from their parents for them to finally reconcile.
“Infairness nakita ko yung malaking pagbabago sayo simula nung nangyari yun. Siguro na-realize mo kung gaano kalaki ang mawawala syo kapag pinabayaan mo.”
Robert said that following his mother’s request that they reconcile was a good decision, especially when their son came in their life.
“Anyway it’s a good decision na sumunod ako kay nanay. Kasi nagka-angel tayo si (name withheld) na sobrang akala mo eh ako ang nagluwal. Tapos ikaw naman napaka protective mo sa kanya.”
Celebrating their 15 years anniversary as a couple, he wished that their relationship will still last even longer.
“Pero hindi ang sinasagot ko na lang wala sa priority namin ang ikasal kasi mas focus kami sa bata. Papel lang naman yang kasal at gastos lang. Tapos baka mamaya kung kailan tayo kinasal eh tsaka naman tayo maghihiwalay. Kaya kalma na lang muna yung ganito.”
Lastly, he thanked the Lord for letting him meet someone who would patiently love him.
“I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DAD. thank you LORD kasi nakatagpo ako ng magtitiyaga sa akin pero di ka naman lugi sa akin kasi gandara park na tapos masarap pa. Echoooosssss!”
“I did not give up homosexuality because the gospel convicted me. I gave up homosexuality because the Lord pursued me and he deserves my everything!”
This is what fashion designer Jian Lasala said of his decision to give up being gay.
Fashion designer Jian Lasala said he has a newfound faith in God and that he is turning his back on homosexuality. Jian added that while he has changed, he does not want to denounce his gay friends.
He said in his Facebook post: “It is not my place to convict nor condemn my gay friends about their lifestyle because I love them and I know how it feels when everybody is condemning you because of your choices and being discriminated for being gay because I was there once.
“The designer also felt that what happened to him was supernatural. He also emphasized that he does not need to act “manly” as he said: “I do not need to be ‘manly’ to be straight and even have to change or isolate myself from my gay friends just because I have found my true identity with the Lord.
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“BEING STRAIGHT WITH THE LORD MEANS LIVING A RIGHTEOUS LIFE AND A LIFE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL!”
Jian clarified that he no longer gets attracted to men, saying, “No I don’t have any anymore. As much as possible if the thoughts would come especially if I encounter good looking men in my line of work, I rebuke the thoughts. Because the enemy will use it against you in a first-person manner and will make you believe that you were the one thinking about it. But physical attraction, not anymore especially if it’s coming from my own volition.”
What can he say to people who tried to change but went back to homosexuality? He said: “Well I have nothing against them. My bold declaration does not exempt me from any kind of temptation in fact; the enemies are fighting back twice because they don’t want me to be with the Lord. So no condemnation to these people. Because the Lord is with them. They may just have a difficulty but the Lord is definitely with them and the Lord will continue to pursue them. Third, it’s important to pray and fast as well. Some struggles cannot just be lifted up through prayers and it needs to be fasted. When we fast the desires of the flesh dies and our spirit grows stronger. So we must continue to seek the Lord and remember that He is always with us. Lastly, don’t give up. Open your heart to the Lord and your will hear HIS voice.”
The post was published just days shy of Pride Month in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the post received mixed reactions from from the netizens. An online site, Preview, even decided to take down the article and issued a public apology after getting the ire of the LGBTQ community.
Some of the LGBTQ+ members were still hiding their relationships to a guy in public. Either they were afraid that they might be judged by other people or they might not be ready to tell everyone about their relationship.
But one of the Miss Gay contestants of Calapandayan in Subic has been supported by his boyfriend during her talent presentation.
A Facebook user named Reighn Lupague posted a photo and a video clip of a contestant named Jerry May Parcon, who called out his boyfriend on stage to show support during her talent presentation in the competition.
In an interview with Lupague via Messenger, who had witnessed the competition, the talent she showcased was singing while doing a drawing and it was very heart-touching.
Lupague said that she started her talent show by telling a story about her number one fan. Unfortunately, her number one fan died as she felt so sad for what happened.
She even asked God “Why” and then she revealed the drawing. She drew a portrait of Superman who looks like her father; her father was her number one fan.
Parcon hopes and prays to the Lord that someday she would meet a guy who looks like her father and luckily, she did.
Suddenly, she called her boyfriend to join her on stage and most have noticed that her boyfriend really looks like the portrait she made earlier. Then they kissed and proudly shared the love they have for each other.
Lupague had captioned his post “Get a guy na susuportahan ka sa contest mo and even sasamahan ka pa during the talent. Di ko kinaya to. Sayang di nacapture yung kiss 😍”
At the end the competition, Jerry Mae Parcon brings home the crown of Miss Gay Calapandayan 2019.
Indeed, love does not choose who you choose to be with; the importance of having a relationship is acceptance of being who you are.
An Atenean Law School valedictorian Sean Borja topped the November 2018 Bar Examination among 1,800 candidates and scored 89.3 percent.
“I was shouting out of happiness and my parents came out of the room shouting as well,” said Borja, who waited for the exam results at home.
Being valedictorian of his class, many have set high expectations to top the exam. With the result he received as a topnotcher, he could now release the pressure he once felt.
“I guess when you’re valedictorian; a lot of expectations come out. So a lot of the faculty told me after graduation, ‘Hey top the bar ha,” he said.
“There was definitely that pressure going into the Bar exams. But I just thought, ‘Hey you know, I guess I don’t owe anybody anything anyway.’ If I were to top the bar, it has to be something that I wanted for myself as well.”
In his elementary school days, Borja knew of his identity as gay but was too ashamed of it due to his experience being bullied. But he fully overcame his struggles and wanted to encourage other LGBT community members to come out. Topping the Bar Examination could give him a platform to push for LGBT rights.
“Other than the mundane, I think what I would really want to show is to keep pushing my limits to show that people like me, people from my community can achieve so much if people will just listen and look out for us,” Borja told ANC.
One of his Facebook post in November 2017, he had stated how LGBT have been discriminated and they could not become somebody else but as an entertainer.
“For a long time, I was made to believe that members of the LGBT community could never be anything beyond mere providers of entertainment. The moment we come out, we will never make CEO, President, or Senior Partner. After all, society itself has charted our destiny to become marginalized, second-class citizens,” Borja said.
“Eh bakla ka eh, so hanggang parlorista ka lang. O di kaya talk show hosts. So don’t ever make the mistake of telling anybody about who you are. Don’t come out. Fake it.”
Borja even said to ANC that “There were a lot of times I doubted myself… I did overcome those doubts, those insecurities. I’m just happy to be myself.”
Borja ended up in law school when he initially had a “quarter-life crisis” and could not make up his mind about pursuing law studies.
“I figured out I was really bad in business so I thought law might be the way for me,” he said.
As a new lawyer who had topped the bar exam, he wanted to “provide a voice for people who don’t necessarily have that. In the sense that not everybody might have the courage to speak up what their rights are or what they want.”
"(I'd like to) provide a VOICE for people who don’t necessarily have that. In the sense that not everybody might have THE COURAGE to speak up what their RIGHTS are or what they want.” – Sean James Borja, Top notcher of 2018 Bar Exam.
BAKLA and proud!!! Ikaw ano achievement mo???
— Vhon (@vhonafide) May 5, 2019
The Bar exam Topnotcher is a LGBT!! He proves that hindi nakakapagpababa ng tao ang pagiging bakla He proves that LGBT are not salot bagkos they also lead our country into succes so Guys no hate to LGBT Support natin sila Congrats to sean james borja and to all LGBT be proud!!!
— Franz Talavera (@franzzccy) May 3, 2019
Congratulations to Sean James Borja for topping the Bar exams this year from Ateneo!! Sean is openly gay! The LGBT Community is mighty proud of you. pic.twitter.com/ccT714jypN
— Ethan Rufino (@iamethanrufino) May 6, 2019
— J O N ❤️🌈 (@therealaljon) May 3, 2019
The LGBT Community was happy as they congratulate him for his success.
It’s usual for us to see a group of friends hanging out with same gender identity but a viral tweet of a gay nursing student prompted people to praise their straight best friends, as well.
On April 7, a nursing student from New Orleans named Bryce shared his conversation with straight best friend on his Twitter Account.
I told my best friend I didn’t have a date to my nursing school formal…
Him: Why didn’t u ask me?
Me: Well Trent, because ur straight
Him: Bryce we’ve been buddies for years &it kinda hurts my feelings u think I still care what people say
In my opinion, everyone needs a Trent! pic.twitter.com/dJP4OVIJYV
— in ariana we stan (@yuhhboybryce) April 7, 2019
Bryce had expressed his gratefulness in having such a kind of friend who accepted him for who he is. He also noted on his post that everyone needed someone like Trent, his straight guy friend.
A lot of Twitter users agreed with the viral post, especially gays who were so happy in knowing that there is someone like Trent who doesn’t care what other people think if a straight guy like him would hang out with gays.
Wow, a man who is comfortable with his sexuality and the ones of others, we stan.
So happy you have such a supportive and loving human being in your life 💛
— Fabiana Solano (@fabianamsolano) April 8, 2019
Bryce’s sweet post has attracted more than 22 retweets and 220 likes, which prompted other users to share their stories about their straight guy friends by using the name “Trent” to associate him with the straight person who makes them happy and accepted.
This makes me so happy & I’m blessed to have so many ‘Trents’ in my life honestly ❤️ pic.twitter.com/81Td8KMvd9
— Dad (@w_fidoo) April 7, 2019
My Trent is a Josh. He’s had my back since we first met & it’s never been about him being straight or me being gay. He’s one of my best friends, my partner in crime, wicked banterer, & the guy who secretly loves takin pics with me. Quite lucky to have him pic.twitter.com/M7OBo3tI2V
— Sean Joseph (@Dr_McWho) April 8, 2019
With all the positive reactions, Bryce was so delighted with the reply on his viral tweets, as he emphasized that having such a friend as Trent feels so reassuring, considering that there are very few gems with amazing hearts.
Ok, seeing the responses of people who have someone in their life like my friend is honestly so reassuring. Like yes, men are trash. We get that. But there really are some gems out there w amazing hearts, who actually treat people as people (a concept you’d think everyone grasps)
— in ariana we stan (@yuhhboybryce) April 7, 2019
Bryce is also happy to know that it is not only he who found a friend like Trent in their life. Though he said that there’s so much hate in this world, still, he finds hope for love to win.
It’s just nice seeing other’s support systems regardless of what society labels them as, or how they personally identify themselves. There’s so much hate surrounding us in the world, but seeing some love shine through gives me hope for both the near & distant future.
— in ariana we stan (@yuhhboybryce) April 7, 2019