Ian Veneracion supports daughter, who came out as a lesbian

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Posted at Mar 04 2020 12:00 PM

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MANILA -- Actor Ian Veneracion is fully supportive of his only daughter Dids, who came out as a lesbian.

In an interview with "Magandang Buhay" guesting on Wednesday, Veneracion recalled the moment when her daughter confessed to him that she is interested in girls. Dids was 16 years old at the time.

"Kinukulit ko 'yung mga motor ko, dumating siya, medyo teary eyed. Sabi niya 'Daddy, I have to tell you something.' Sabi ko, 'What? Sit down.' Sabi niya, 'I like girls.' Tapos sabi ko sa kanya, 'Me also I like girls.' So parang nagtataka siya, sabi niya, 'It's okay?' Sabi ko, 'Yes. Just don't be ever apologetic about it, not even to me.' Sabi ko, 'You can be whoever you want to be and I have full support,'" Veneracion said.

"Natawa siya. Sabi niya, 'You know?' Sabi ko, 'Oo naman, bata ka pa 
 ang macho mo na.' So alam ko na dati," he added. 

"Nakakapanghinayang lang isa lang ang buhay natin. Tapos kapag nabuhay ka parang apologetic ka pa na nahihiya ka sa sarili mo, hindi mo mailabas ang pagkatao mo. Parang what a waste of life." 

Veneracion added that his wife also supports their daughter's sexuality.

"Eventually sinabi ko sa kanya (sa asawa ko). Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Paano kapag nagka-boyfriend si Dids, okay lang?' 'Okay lang.' 'Paano kung magka-girlfriend si Dids, okay lang?' Sabi niya, 'Kung saan siya masaya, masaya ako.' So she has full support of the whole family," Veneracion said.