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Miel Pangilinan comes out as queer: 'Yes I am the gay cousin'

By AYIE LICSI Published Jun 15, 2022 9:59 am Updated Jun 15, 2022 2:55 pm

Sharon Cuneta and Kiko Pangilinan's second daughter Miel Pangilinan came out as queer, celebrating their first pride month as a member of the LGBTQ+ community openly and publicly.

Miel celebrated the occasion by posting photos of her with the rainbow Pride flag on Instagram on Wednesday, June 15. She also posted a lengthy caption about coming to terms with her identity.

"This June, I am celebrating my first pride month as openly and publicly queer," she wrote.

"Its 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."

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According to Miel, she spent her childhood and teenage life pondering her queerness. "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."

The 17-year-old also acknowledged that as a newer member of the LGBTQ+ community, she has a lot to learn. Additionally, she thanked fellow Filipino members of the queer community who have fought and continue to fight for equality.

"Happiest and safest of Pride months, allies and members of the queer community alike," Miel concluded. "And yes I am the gay cousin."

Love and support poured in through her comment sections from celebrities.

"We love you yellie!!" wrote Judy Ann Santos.

"love 🤗🏳️‍🌈🌈" said Jillian Robredo.

"Love you babyyyyyy 🥰🥰🥰🥰" added Kiana Valenciano.

Meanwhile, Kakie Pangilinan went all out to show her support for her sister's coming out, leaving multiple comments ranging from "I love you" to acting "shocked surprised absolutely astonished."

"BEEEE WHO YOU aAAARE FOR YOUR PrrRrrRrIIIIIDE," Kakie also said.

"Girlfriend boyfriend nonbinaryfriend idc 🤩 they will all be getting a good n tough roundhouse kick from me," the ate added.

Sister KC Concepcion also commented on Miel's post, saying "Congratulations! I'm so proud of you!!! I love you sister. I'm always going to be here for you as your ate, no matter what. Happy pride!!!"

Meanwhile, Cuneta shared her daughter's post on her profile.

"All I will say is that I love all my children and will support them in their lives and choices," the actress wrote. "I love you, my Miel."