Being LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) in a religious country such as the Philippines can be challenging. This is particularly the case when people, even supposedly religious ones, think it is their moral duty to ‘call out’ people for their ‘sins’, even to the point of humiliating them. The phenomenal movie star and comedian Vice Ganda recently shared having experienced such discrimination when he was allegedly humiliated by a priest during a mass.
According to a story by LionhearTV, the host shared that he was embarrassed after hearing the sermon of the priest whose homily focused on queer cinema.
The story by LionhearTV did not provide a direct source.
According to Vice Ganda, he did not know what to do during that time. He shared:
“Alam mo ‘yung feeling na ikaw mismo ang pinatatamaan sa mga sinasabi ng pari? Hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko, lalabas na ba ako o magtatago ako sa ilalim ng bench?”
“E, sino pa ba ang tinutukoy ng pari na huwag panoorin ang pelikula dahil puro kabaklaan lang naman ang makikita du’n? ‘Yung mga nasa likuran ko, tinapik ako sa balikat. Parang naaawa sila sa akin.”
He also felt that a lot of people inside the church looked at him to see how will he react to the message.
While the Catholic church indeed does not tolerate homosexuality, it is disturbing that people like Vice Ganda felt attacked by a man of the church, rather than be encouraged with a welcoming message.
In case you did not know, the star was promoting a movie during that time after which he decided to attend a mass.
As of now, the 41-year-old celebrity can be seen on “It’s Showtime” and “Gandang Gabi Vice” as a host. He is also a judge in the sixth season of “Pilipinas Got Talent”.
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