Target: Glee actress Charice Pempengco
Goal: Congratulate former Glee star on coming out as gay and let her know there’s no need to apologize for it.
Charice Pempengco is a former Glee actress who came out as gay in a recent interview with The Buzz. As a Filipino she felt a deep sense of gratitude toward her community and wanted them to learn who she really was. Charice, who is currently estranged from her mother and grandmother and living at a friend’s house, apologized to those who don’t understand her sexual orientation.
Called “the most talented girl in the world” by Oprah, Charice rose to fame through YouTube for her excellent singing skills. Her performance of Beyonce’s “Listen” was also featured on The Ellen DeGeneres show, and later Charice was cast as Sunshine Corazon for Glee’s second season.
After coming out to her family, Charice became estranged from her mother and grandmother and has been living with a friend ever since. At the beginning of Charice’s transformation into her true self, Charice’s grandmother expressed in an interview to The Buzz that she felt humiliated by who her granddaughter had become and wished that she would “return to her former self.” As a result of coming out publicly, Charice asked for forgiveness from the people who don’t understand.
It is important to support the decision of public figures to come out publicly. Coming out as gay may often have a negative effect and jeopardize one’s career in the long run. Such ramifications show a negative example of how being openly part of the LGBTQ community has negative consequences. That is not something that others who are still in the process of coming out should believe. By letting people know she’s a lesbian, Charice is helping to pave the way for others in the public eye to come out. Such decision builds a bigger and stronger LGBTQ community that encourages youth and adults around the world to be true to themselves.
Please sign the petition below to congratulate Charice on coming out as gay, and thank her for such a brave decision despite the disapproval of her family and potential criticism of others.
Recently in an interview to The Buzz you officially came out as gay and mentioned your family’s disapproval of your sexual orientation, as well as the fact that you seek forgiveness from those who don’t understand. You have joined the ever-growing list of public figures who have decided to come out publicly.
I want to congratulate you on being true to yourself, and being brave enough to do this publicly, despite the potential for disapproval from others. You have nothing to apologize for; you are who you are and being gay does not undervalue who you are as a person or a professional. You’re encouraging others in the public eye to come out, and, together with those who have come before and after you on this journey, you help create a world where one day, hopefully, it won’t be necessary to declare one’s sexual orientation, because it will be irrelevant.
So thank you for being honest, brave and helping to make this world a better place.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: CharicePhotos via Flickr