JERRY OLEA: “I just told Melody straight up that I was bisexual — the first time I ever admitted it to anybody...”
Sa pahina 107 iyan ng libro ni Mark Bautista na Beyond The Mark.
Sa Seattle, USA, umamin si Mark kay Melody Butiu, na gumanap bilang Estrella Cumpas (babaeng nagpalaki kay Imelda Marcos) sa musical na Here Lies Love.
Paliwanag ni Mark sa pahina 102, “I love both sexes and, if given the chance, I would love to have kids and settle down and have a family...
“I will just go where my heart takes me.
“If I end up with a woman, then great.
“But if my heart leads me to a man, then I would embrace that...”
Gusto ni Mark na magkaanak, at bumuo ng pamilya.
“If there’s a mom in the family, then that’s amazing too.” (Pahina 121)
Tungkol sa same-sex marriage (pahina 123), “Ayokong magsalita nang patapos but for now, I don’t see myself marrying a guy.
“I’m not even entertaining that idea but if that happens, malamang baka tinamaan ako nang sobra-sobra, yung papunta na sa untog siguro.
“But you know, marriage is a beautiful thing.
“If you reach that point, celebrate it, treasure it!”
NOEL FERRER: So there really are so much more topics and insights na tinalakay ni Mark sa libro niya, kaya to reduce it to just the controversial “drunken session” is unfair.
He talked about growing up in a small town; struggling through his education and his singing; the adjustments he had to make when he came to Manila; ang kalakaran sa showbiz dito; at yung pag-transition niya sa world stage which made him grow really both as a person and as a performer.
In my interview with him sa last part ng libro, I asked him about his view on religion and Christianity. Maganda ang sagot niya rito.
At mismong ang representative ng Ladlad partylist na si Raymond “Bong” Alikpala ay nag-post ng ganitong mensahe kay Mark kasabay ng paglabas ng libro ng singer-actor:
“To Mark Bautista: Thank you for your courage in telling your story. Don't mind your critics. Just ride the wave and you'll be fine. People will see and appreciate the strength of your conviction amid the backlash, and that will be inspiring to see. There continue to be so many young people cowering in the closet, and the brave example of pop idols like yourself shines a light into and can help open closet doors. Believe me, I know whereof I speak, because my own book has helped so many people. And its title, God Loves Bakla, is truer than ever. Mark, face the crowd. Sing with passion, peace and pride on Valentine’s Day. Love (for self and for others) Wins! Always!”
Isa si Bong sa mga nag-aabang kay Mark sa Valentine concert ni Joanna Ampil sa BGC Arts Center, at dun nila ise-celebrate ang anniversary nila ng kanyang partner.
Sabihin na nila ang gusto nilang sabihin, but there are people who are touched and inspired by Mark’s opening up!