Liza Diño-Seguerra wants to be more compassionate to online bashers and critics, following her and her husband Aiza Seguerra’s plan to bear a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In a Facebook post Monday, Diño-Seguerra lamented the netizens’ hate and outrage against their plan of having a baby through IVF.
“Every time something like this comes up, naglalabasan ang lahat ng mga homophobic at nagpipiyesta sa mga negative comments kasama ng mga self righteous na may mga baong bible quotations. Tao lang ako at oo, binabasa ko ang mga comments nila,” Diño said.
She said she used to cry about netizens’ harsh comments, especially those saying Diño better have herself raped so that she would be made “straight” by a man.
But now, she said that she has become more “compassionate” and “assertive” and that hurtful comments no longer affect her as much as it once did.
“Dati umiiyak ako, lalo pag below the belt na ang mga sinasabi–yung tipong ipaparape nila kami o kaya titirahin nila ko para makatikim daw ako ng lalaki,” Diño said.
“But napansin ko today, hindi na’ko ganon kaapektado. Masakit pa rin yung iba pero mas natatawa ako sa mga sinasabi nila…. Mas naging compassionate ako at bukas sa pananaw ng iba. Natuto akong maging assertive kesa maging defensive pagdating sa mga ganitong usapin,” she added.
Diño lamented how in a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines, religion is used to malign the LGBT. This reality, Diño said, all the more convinces her to fight for the rights of the LGBT in the Philippines.
“At the same time, mas lalo kong nakita ang kahalagahan ng ginawa namin para kilalanin ang karapatan ng mga LGBT dito sa Pilipinas. Nakakalungkot isipin how ‘religion’ can lead to hatred, animosity and discrimination when our spirituality is supposed to enhance our lives and make us better persons,” Diño said.
“Tsk tsk. 2016 na. Walang mawawala sa’yo kung rerespetuhin mo ang karapatan ng bawat isa,” she added.
Diño wrote the status days before she and her husband are set to celebrate the first year of their symbolic marriage in the Philippines on Jan. 8.
Aiza Seguerra said in a recent press conference he and his wife hope to undergo the IVF in the United States this year.
“Ang mangyayari is we have to be in the States for about two months dahil ang mangyayari is sa akin manggagaling yung egg…I had myself checked last year. Okay naman, my eggs are fine – unused, but fine…And Liza is okay also. Kailangan lang ng time,” the transgender singer/actor said in a report.
IVF is the process of fertilization by an egg with a sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to a mother’s uterus.
The couple plan to use Aiza’s eggs and have it fertilized and implanted on Liza’s womb.
Seguerra, a singer and former child star, and Diño, a beauty titlist, first got married in California on Dec. 2014, and had a ceremonial marriage in Laiya, Batangas here in the Philippines the next month, according to this report. Diño has a toddler daughter named Amara. Jauhn Etienne Villaruel