MANILA — Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin had a simple response to followers questioning her post in support of the queer community, in light of her being a Christian.
Locsin was among the high-profile celebrities who expressed their allyship with the LGBTQ+ community, in celebration of Pride Month.
On Instagram, Locsin shared an image with the text, "Proud Ally." In its caption, she wrote: "In a world with so much hatred, everyone should be allowed to feel safe and loved."
She also used the hashtag #FreePride20, a call to release arrested participants in a Pride rally in Manila last week.
Comments on Locsin's post included those similarly supporting LGBTQ+ rights and celebrating Pride, but there was a number questioning the actress' being a Christian, in connection with her being an ally.
One said the queer community should "repent" for being in same-sex relationships — a comment which Locsin didn't let pass with a response.
Locsin answered: "As for my knowledge as a Christian, ang paulit-ulit na binabanggit sa Bible is, 'Love one another' or, 'Love your neighbor.' 'Yan ang tungkulin natin sa Diyos at kapwa na dapat nating sundin at Diyos lang ang makakahusga."
"I'm all for equal rights. Why deny them that, dahil tingin mong tama ka?" she replied to another who called homosexuality a sin.
A third comment, meanwhile, agreed with Locsin about loving one's neighbor — "as long as it's in the right, in the eyes of God."
"Sorry po pero you are judging them," Locsin replied. "That's not your job. Your job in this world is to love your neighbor. Kaya marami ang nati-turn off magbalik sa simbahan sa mga LGBTQ+ dahil sa mga ganito."
"Si Lord po ang judge at hindi tayo."