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Macky: ‘Start with stepping out of your comfort zone’

In the spirit of Pride in the Philippines this December, LGBT people were interviewed in the hopes of showing a broader spectrum of the community. Meet 25-year-old Macky, who wants “folks to recognize other lesbians of great ambition rather than the classic Aiza or Charice references.”

Macky

Age: 25

What she does: Freelance graphic designer in Boracay

Hobbies/Interests: Learning by doing

Goal in life: Travel and experience as much as possible

Coming out to my friends wasn’t all that difficult. I came out to my mom first while we were living in California. Her best friend was with us a lot and she had convinced me that I should just come out before my mom blames her and her daughter for my being gay. Anyway, that night, I turned out the lights and was lying in bed rehearsing what I was going to say to her (my mom and I slept in the same room). ‘Mom, I’m gay.’ ‘Mom, I’m a lesbian.’ ‘Mom, I like girls.’ I don’t really remember which version came out but she had hit me with dead silence for a good minute or so until I hear, ‘I know… But it’s against the bible, anak.’ For a while my parents were in denial but they eventually came around after my more serious relationships.

I want folks to recognize other lesbians of great ambition rather than the classic Aiza or Charice references.”

Queer isn’t an unholy, sinful, unnatural thing.

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I’ve gone through my fair share of super attractive, intelligent, whole-9 guys. They just end up my best friends. Can’t say any of it worked for me.

Once you find yourself, you feel the weight of the world off your shoulders. From there it’s impossible to not have the courage to pursue it. Anything great that’ll ever happen to you will always start with stepping out of your comfort zone.

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