Recently, Hollywood celebrities are coming out their closets - either as a gay, a lesbian, or an LGBT (Lesbian - Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) supporter. Upto now, being a member of a "mid-gender" is still an issue. It will always be "talk of the town" if the pop idol, or teen idol, or any famous celebrity will come out their closet screaming - hell yeah, I am part of the LGBT community, any problem?
Last week, U.S. pop singer Selena Gomez has scrapped two concerts in Russia after falling foul of new visa rules which critics say can be used to keep out Western artists who promote gay rights.
And if you can still recall the hot guy Michael Scofield of Prison Break revealed himself as Gay. 41-year old Wenworth Miller broke that silence last month, coming out by refusing to attend a Russian film festival. He was protesting Russian laws that discriminate against gay people.
Same thing like Madonna and Lady Gaga over two concerts in Russia at which both of them defended gay rights, as well as Cher.
In the Philippines, being a catholic country, LGBT citizens face different social attitudes and legal challenges than heterosexual citizens. Tolerance for LGBT people has increased over the years due to greater education about sexual orientation and gender identity issues and the growing visibility and political activism of the LGBT community. Same-sex marriages are not legally recognized and the LGBT community is not protected by any civil rights laws.
If you just plain gay, or lesbian in your hometown, you will be discriminated. People always make fun of you.
But if you are as famous as Vice Ganda, Aiza Seguerra and Charice, you will be idolized, how's that?
Some celebrities are against gay rights, but they are continuously are using high end clothes and gown from Versace Collection. (Gianni Versace was an openly gay and was murdered by a Filipino-Italian-American Andrew Cunanan in 1997).
Kevin Balot who brought pride to the Philippines by winning Miss International Queen 2012 became widely acceptable, but once a victim of bullying because of his (her) sexual orientation.
Maybe we should stand straight, for once. Try not to be a hypocrite. For me it's not about tolerating their decision, but it's about acceptance of the result of their choice. It's all about respect. So include them in your list. Wag maging choosy. @_@
"Learn to be in love with THE person,
and not with THE gender."