Heart Evangelista received the Equality Champion Award from the Lagablab LGBT Network yesterday, November 16. She was recognized for being an outspoken advocate for the passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill in the Senate.
On an Instagram post, Heart wrote, “Filipinos have always been known to be a people of love, and I believe that love is never discriminatory; love is inclusive to all, regardless of age and sexual orientation. Thank you for giving me the Equality Champion Award. I will continue to create awareness for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and will encourage everybody to do the same. Let's all join forces to create a Philippines that is diverse, accepting, and full of love.”
The actress showed her support for the SOGIE Bill when she wore a rainbow pin at the State of the Nation Address last July 23, and when she voiced out her thoughts on the matter on social media. She took to Instagram to say, “Everyone has the right to live, work, and dream. The SOGIE bill is a step in the right direction to guarantee the protection of those rights, especially for our friends in the LGBTQIA+ community. Last year the bill made great progress but we still have a long way to go. My husband and I are in full support of this bill and hope to see it move forward and become a law.”
Other Equality Champion awardees are photographer BJ Pascual, who uses his influence on social media to promote the cause, and Senator Risa Hontiveros, who conducted the first hearing on the SOGIE Bill on August 2016.