Raymond Gutierrez, dinagsa ng suporta sa kanyang pormal na pag-a-out as gay

“I’m thankful to those close to me - my friends and family for giving me the confidence to embrace myself fully without judgement. I consider myself lucky because some people don’t have a support system they can run to. Which is exactly why I’m sharing my story now.”—Mond Gutierrez

PHOTOS: @mond on Instagram

“I’m thankful to those close to me - my friends and family for giving me the confidence to embrace myself fully without judgement. I consider myself lucky because some people don’t have a support system they can run to. Which is exactly why I’m sharing my story now.”—Mond Gutierrez

Dinagsa ng suporta ang TV host at PR practitioner na si Raymond Gutierrez matapos ang kanyang pormal na pag-a-out as a member of the LGBTQIA community. 

Sa kanyang Instagram kahapon, August 1, ipinost ni Mond [nickname ni Raymond] ang cover photo ng Mega Magazine for this month of August kung saan n’ya ni-reveal ang kanyang tunay na gender identity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Mond (@mond)

Umani naman ng suporta ang multi-hyphenate celebrity mula sa kanyang pamilya, mga malalapit na kaibigan, mga kasamahan sa industriya, at mga fans dahil sa kanyang pagpapaka-totoo.

Kabilang sa mga nagkomento sa IG post ni Mond ang kanyang kakambal na si Richard Gutierrez, na nagpadala ng tatlong red hearts; ang misis ni Richard na si Sarah Lahbati, na nagsabing “so proud!!! Love you” kalakip ang apat na pink hearts.

“Love you, MOND” naman ang sabi ng kanyang Ate Ruffa, at nag-“I love you” rin ang mga pamangkin niyang sina Lorin at Venice.

SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram

Ilan pa sa nagpahayag ng pagiging proud sa ginawa ni Mond ang mga close friends n’yang sina Anne Curtis, Solenn Heussaff, Isabelle Daza, Angel Locsin, Maggie Wilson, Georgina Wilson, at Nicolle Andreson. 

SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram

Sey naman ni Bubbles Paraiso sa kanyang comment, “I AM SO PROUD OF YOU MY LOVE. always here supporting you, and this, this will empower more people to come out in the open, to talk about who they really are.. love you!!!!”

SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram

Ayon naman kay Bianca King, “I’m so happy for you Mond. And grateful to have witnessed your journey! I love you!”

SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram

Nag-comment din bilang pagsuporta kay Mond sina Mariel Rodriguez, Chynna Ortaleza, Jolina Magdangal, Jason Abalos, Joey Mead King, Jake Cuenca, Kylie Verzosa, ang magkakapatid na Liz, Vince at Laureen Uy, Dominique Cojuangco, Camille Prats, John Lapuz, Rajo Laurel, Wil Dasovich, at marami at marami pang iba. 

SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram
SCREENSHOT: @mond on Instagram

Paliwanag ni Mond sa kanyang Instagram post today, August 2, he was never not out. Hindi lang daw kasi ito napag-uusapan in public. 

“I was never not out. I never denied who I was. I just never shared my story publicly until now,” panimula n’ya sa kanyang mahabang IG post.

Hindi daw naging madali sa kanya ang lahat dahil sa dikta ang lipunan at nagmula s’ya sa isang prominenteng pamilya sa showbiz. 

“Growing up, it took a while for me to face my true identity, and figuring it out wasn’t easy,” lahad naman n’ya sa Mega Magazine.

“I went through a long period of time hating myself because society taught me that being different wasn’t the right path, especially for someone growing up in the public eye.”

Noon daw kasing pumasok s’ya sa showbiz bilang TV host ay naranasan n’yang ma-bully ng mga tao sa studio at ma-label as “baklang kapatid ni Richard.” 

Mas tinitingnan daw noon ang kanyang sexual preference kesa sa kanyang skills, na hindi s’ya p’wedeng maging s’ya lalo pa’t action star ang kakambal n’ya. 

“I went through a dark phase of self destruction - creating unhealthy habits to have some sort of escape so I didn’t have to face my reality. I kept things to myself because I was scared to bring shame to my family, and didn’t know how others would treat me.”

Mabuti na lang daw ay meron s’yang supportive na pamilya at mga kaibigan na tanggap kung ano talaga s’ya kaya natutunan n’ya ring tanggapin ang kanyang sarili. 

“I’m thankful to those close to me - my friends and family for giving me the confidence to embrace myself fully without judgement,” lahad pa ni Mond. “I consider myself lucky because some people don’t have a support system they can run to. Which is exactly why I’m sharing my story now.”

Na-realize daw n’ya na maikli lang ang buhay para hindi mahalin ang sarili at magpakatotoo.

“Because if there’s one thing I learned this past year and a half is that life is fleeting,” aniya. “I want to encourage those who feel alone that it’s never too late to love yourself, acknowledge those feelings and face your fears—because it feels damn good to be on the other side.”

Hindi rin daw dapat gawing batayan ang sekswalidad ng isang tao sa pag-abot sa kanyang mga pangarap sa buhay. 

“Sexuality shouldn’t define who you are and it should never hinder your greatness,” pahayag n’ya. “For me personally, being in touch with my masculine and feminine side allowed me to push boundaries creatively and create magic with the projects I do.”

May mensahe din si Mond sa mga nagsasabing matagal na nilang alam ang gender n’ya. 

“So to those saying ‘we knew’, you never knew my story and my struggles. 

“And if you’re reading this and you feel like you’re alone, I want to let you know that I went through the same things - you will be loved, your feelings are valid, and those who truly love you will stick around,” pagtatapos ni Mond. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Mond (@mond)

 

 

 

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