16 coming-out stories of Filipino celebrities

by Frances Karmel S. Bravo
Jun 27, 2022
Raymond Gutierrez, Mari Jasmine, Miel Pangilinan
(L-R) Raymond Gutierrez is gay. Miel Pangilinan is queer. Mari Jasmine is bisexual.
PHOTO/S: @mcmpix_ / @mond / @mielpangilinan / @marijasmine on Instagram

In celebration of the colorful pride month, we're cheering on these 16 Filipino celebrities who have come out bravely, proudly strutting their stuff, heads high up.

Miel Pangilinan

Identifies as: Queer

"this june, i am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer." (June 14, 2022, Instagram)

Raymond Gutierrez

Identifies as: Gay

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"I’m here to formally say that I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community. And it feels great saying that publicly because I am." (August 1, 2021, Mega Entertainment)

Markki stroem

Identifies as: Demisexual

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"My sexuality is based on the person I love, not based on the person on actual sex organ." (December 12, 2021, Philippine Entertainment Portal)

Kyo Quijano

Identifies as: Pansexual

"So let's get one thing straight, I definitely am not. For the nth time, I am Pansexual." (September 12, 2020, Twitter)

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DEIRDRE veneracion

Identifies as: Lesbian

Deirdre Veneracion with dad Ian Veneracion

To her dad Ian Veneracion: "I like girls." (March 5, 2020, Magandang Buhay)

PAOLO BALLESTEROS

Identifies as: Gay

"Ako kasi yung tao na kung ano yung nakikita mo, ganun kasi pananaw ko, e, sa sarili ako. Yung nakikita niyo, yun na yun. Ayoko nang gumawa nung issue na ganun, na it’s a big issue. Naka-swimsuit na nga, 'no, ano pa bang kailangan? Siyempre, nene pa ako nun, now, I’m a lady!" (August 21, 2019, Philippine Entertainment Portal at The Panti Sisters presscon)

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Alex Diaz

Identifies as: Bisexual

"Never again will I be shackled by the fear of what might be said about who I am for fear of losing my career and instead, I will seek help, heal and champion change, acceptance and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society." (October 22, 2019, Instagram)

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Issa Pressman

Identifies as: Bisexual

"My family is quite small and we're only four in the family. I think it was just the way that I had to introduce myself to them, of like 'liking girls, liking guys.' That's me. That's who I am." (November 14, 2018, video of a toothpaste brand)

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Mari Jasmine

Identifies as: Bisexual

"Pride is about celebrating love, equality, and owning your truth. So here’s mine: in the little time I’ve spent on this earth, I’ve had the privilege of being in love with both men and women." (July 4, 2018, Instagram)

MARK BAUTISTA

Identifies as: Bisexual

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"I have since made peace with the self-knowledge that I love both sexes and, if given the chance, I would love to have kids and settle down and have a family..." (February 9, 2018, Beyond the Mark)

JAKE ZYRUS

Identifies as: Transgender Man

"I’m so glad that all the struggles, the challenges, the pain that I felt. When I came out as a trans man, I was so proud. It was the opposite of everything that I felt before." (June 19, 2017, Instagram and Twitter)

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Prince Stefan

Identifies as: Gay

"I appreciate the people who are happy for me. Sila yung tunay na nakakaintindi sa akin. Sabi nga nila, kung saan ka magiging maligaya, doon ka." (July 17, 2016, Philippine Entertainment Portal)

angelina king

Identifies as: Transgender woman

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Tagging his wife, she writes: "Best hangover cure @joeymead."

Joey Mead: "Freedom" (July 2, 2016, Instagram)

Rosanna Roces

Identifies as: Bisexual

"Alam mo rin kung paano ako magpalit ng lalaki noon, parang nagpapalit lang ng damit. Parang lahat is an experiment. Pero yun nga, tapos na, wala akong natututunan, di ba? Wala, parang may something is missing. So, yun, nakita ko na yung something missing." (February 17, 2016, Tonight With Boy Abunda)

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ICE SEGUERRA

Identifies as: Transgender man

She publicly came out as a lesbian on August 18, 2007.

Aiza Seguerra identifies himself as transgender man

“Kasi before as lesbian, ang dami ko pa rin questions na hindi matanong sa akin. Finally I discovered sa sarili ko na I'm not lesbian, I'm transgender. Kumbaga it answered a lot of questions.” (August 17, 2014, Aquino & Abunda Tonight)

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BB GANDANGHARI

Identifies as: Transgender woman

Rustom Padilla and BB Gandanghari

"Kahit hindi ka nagme-makeup, kahit hindi ka tumitili, nasa puso yung pagiging gay. And I had no choice kasi na-realize ko na I'm gay.

"Sinasabi ko sa iyo ngayon, at sinasabi ko sa lahat ng tao, kasi hindi ako masamang tao..." (February 28, 2006, Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition)

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(L-R) Raymond Gutierrez is gay. Miel Pangilinan is queer. Mari Jasmine is bisexual.
PHOTO/S: @mcmpix_ / @mond / @mielpangilinan / @marijasmine on Instagram
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