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Happy Pride Month: 5 celebrities who bravely came out loud and proud


Can’t hide this Pride!

Coming out is never easy. It always takes a lot of strength and courage to be truly known and seen, and to wear our rainbow hearts on our sleeves.

On this first day of Pride Month, we run down recent celebrity coming out stories that inspire us to showcase our colorful selves and live unapologetically as who we truly are.

1. Michelle Dee

We are still not over Michelle Dee's recent coming out. In late May, she revealed in Mega magazine that she identifies as bisexual.

“I’ve identified with that for as long as I can remember,” Michelle told Mega.

“I’m attracted to all forms of beauty, all shapes and sizes,” the newly crowned Miss Universe Philippines added.

On Vogue Philippines meanwhile, Michelle said she wants to use her platform to also empower the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Klea Pineda

Klea Pineda came out as gay on her 24th birthday in March. In a report on “24 Oras Weekend,” the Kapuso actress admitted there was the initial fear for her career and personal life.

"'Yung takot, nandidiyan siya parati pero mas nangingibabaw 'yung excitement. For the longest time nag-be-base ako sa mga tao kung sino talaga ako," she said.

Giving her coming out an extra dash of color is Klea's revelation of being in a relationship. On "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda," she introduced her girlfriend, Katrice Kierulf, whom she met through TikTok.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Miel Pangilinan

Miel Pangilinan, daughter of Sharon Cuneta and Kiko Pangilinan, came out as queer in 2022, just in time for Pride Month.

Miel called her coming out a “freeing time” and that it was “cathartic.”

She said, “[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.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Gina Pareño

Better late than never. Already in her 70s, Gina Pareño came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in July 2022.

The top actress was asked by Ogie Diaz in a vlog if she would admit being part of the community.

She immediately answered, “Oo! Bakit? Problema? At saka nagmamahal ako nang tapat.”

In the same interview, Gina also talked about “Doktora Bong” or Nenita Vidal, an actress in the 1950s. Gina has been bringing her urn and called the late actress as her “lucky charm.”

5. Samantha Ashley Lo

Samantha Ashley Lo welcomed the new year with a bang, as she came out loud and proud in January.

Miss Grand Philippines 2019 introduced her partner Jannica Rubin to the world with a sweet birthday greeting that accompanied a video of the two of them slow dancing before sharing a kiss.

According to one of Samantha’s Instagram posts, she and Jannica first went out in 2016. Samantha told a supporter in the comments section that although they weren’t dating at the time, she was “being tsansing[.]”

 

 

Happy Pride everybody! May we always let love win. — LA, GMA Integrated News

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