The Hows of Us” star and master wordsmith Juan Miguel Severo has never kept his sexuality a secret - he’s been vocal about it in his social media accounts and his songs, but there’s still something groundbreaking about his “coming out” on live television on “Magandang Buhay” last Thursday, September 6.
Juan Miguel talked about his sexuality on the morning talk show like it was no big deal (and it really isn’t), but a lot of people have been reacting negatively to what he said. Some are just “surprised” that he’s actually gay, while others are just downright cruel.
In a Twitter thread yesterday, September 7, the singer-actor explained why he decided to come out on live TV, and at its core is to proudly say who he is - and inspire others to do the same.
“It's the medium most accessible to families, to the common-folk, to those who are underprivileged and are undereducated about SOGIE… They get to exchange looks, pass judgment, smile, laugh, whatever,” he wrote. “That includes my relatives and friends back home ~and~ abroad, whom I don't talk to anymore or who've stopped asking since I was 15 and resorted to just whispering assumptions and gossips to each other whenever I'm within earshot. So yes, I say I came out on live TV.”
The spoken word artist also hit back at those who said it was “unnecessary” for him to talk about his sexuality in a talk show.
I can tell you that if a gay Filipino showbiz personality had outed himself in [a talk show] when I was a kid without losing his career, it would've been easier for me to come to terms with my own sexuality… So nope, you can't take this away from me. I did that. And I am f*****g proud!”
Amen to that, Juan Miguel! 🙌🙌🙌
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The Hows of Us: How to Love and Unlove” is also now available on National Book Store!
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