Sharon Cuneta’s youngest daughter Miel Pangilinan has proudly revealed that she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community!
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, June 14, Miel shared photos of herself twirling around with a rainbow flag. In the caption, she “openly and publicly” confirmed her sexuality in time for this year’s Pride Month.
“This June, I am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer,” she began the caption.
She continued, “I really can’t figure out the words to say right now. It’s a really emotional and freeing time right now, and I’m endlessly thankful to my close friends and family who have supported me and shown me love as I’ve grown and explored my own gender and sexual identity.”
Miel then admitted that prior to this moment of confidence, she has experienced bouts of anxiety when it comes to her gender identity.
“I know it sounds silly, but posting this truly feels cathartic. 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. It’s kind of a full circle moment for me, in a way,” she confessed.
In embracing her authentic self, Miel also took a moment to pen a message for the Filipino queer community: “I’m also incredibly thankful that I am able to safely celebrate my identity this year, as I know there are many of people in this country that don’t have the same privilege. We’ve got a long way to go in terms of our fight for equality, but that is not to discredit the work and sacrifices made by queer Filipinos throughout history and in the present day, who have done so much to make our voices heard and have helped us go farther than where we were before.”
“I’ve also got a lot to learn and understand as a newer member of the Filipino queer community, and I’m trying my best to educate myself on current situations and present issues relating to gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights in our country, and I am always open to learn as much as I can especially from other figures in our community,” she added.
“Happiest and safest of pride months, allies and members of the queer community alike,” she said before quipping: “And yes, I am the gay cousin.”
Sharon’s second daughter Frankie Pangilinan took to the comment section to express support for her “baby” sister in a series of comments:
“Das my baby”
“I love you”
“This has definitely never been FUSHUIGUED before”
“WHAT!! Shocked surprised absolutely astonished”
“BEEEE WHO YOU aAAARE FOR YOUR PrrRrrRrIIIIIDE”
“Girlfriend boyfriend nonbinaryfriend idc. They will all be getting a good n tough roundhouse kick from me”
Celebrities, including Judy Ann Santos, Kiana Valenciano, and Sam Cruz also told Miel how much they love her.
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