Coming out can be a lot more complicated than what's seen on movies, even with many mainstream media, brands, and personalities recently championing the #LoveWins cause worldwide. The complication rises from fear, stemming from how people receiving the news would react. It gets more frightening with the thought that these "people" are not random—they're family, friends, loved ones.
Luckily, YouTube star Jeremy Sancebuche, or Mimiyuuuh, didn’t have to go through any daunting experience. She grew up with a loving family, who has always embraced her for who she really is.
“Hindi naman talaga ako nag-come out sa kanila. Tinanggap talaga nila ako nang walang aminan,” Mimi said in ABS-CBN Lifestyle's confessional Q&A between her and her Tatay Amadz and Nanay Bheng. “Sobrang thankful po talaga ako sa kanila dahil, you know, without judgment, inaccept po talaga nila kung sino ako.”
"Super, super proud ako sa kanila. Kahit lumaki sila sa years na sadyang hindi pa talaga tanggap ang mga beks, eh nagawa nyo parin tanggapin ang anak na beks na katulad ko talaga," she added.
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While Mimi's dad sensed her true colors only in high school, her mom noticed her being different early on with her "kilos" and obvious fascination over The Powerpuff Girls and Sailor Moon.
“That time talaga, yung mga paper dolls ko, tinatago ko sa inyo. Bakit ayaw nyo akong nag-pe-paper dolls dati?” Mimiyuuuh asked in jest, to which her dad jokingly replied, “Edi maglaro ka na ulit!”
Thus, as the three would agree on, Mimi's coming out didn’t really turn out to be a big deal at home.
“As in, tinanggap nalang po nila kung sino ako kasi wala naman po talaga silang choice. Alam mo namang itapon lang nila ako dyan?” Mimi joked.
With a laugh, her dad seconded, “Bakit niyo itatapon? Sayang!”
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As a matter of fact, Mimi going full on with her hair, makeup, outfits, and ways later only made her feel more of her parents' love and support.
“Feeling ko po hindi ko naman na po talaga kailangang i-please ang ibang tao kasi yung parents ko po talaga ay tanggap talaga ako,” she declared. “Basta, ang mahalaga, masaya talaga ang aking mga magulang.”
In simple words, Inay Bheng could only encourage fellow parents who also have children currently exploring their sexuality. "Hayaan nyo sila. Tanggapin nyo kung ano sila."
Tatay Amadz added, "Tao rin yang mga 'yan."
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Banner image taken from Mimiyuuuh's Instagram account