While we still have a long way to go in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality in the Philippine setting, we can say the mainstream media is doing its part in advancing gay rights and changing our idea of a ‘typical’ family in a good way. Way before the recent rise of BL series, trans mama Mitch Talao already e history on Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) when she tied the knot with her lesbian partner Dudz Ibañez in 2019.
The very first LGBTQIA+ union on the reality show took place right inside the famous Yellow House. It showed what many queer folks have been pushing as a "new normal," as it was attended not just by the Housemates and Star Dreamers but also the couple's family and friends, including their two-year-old son Eros.
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More than a year after the historic event, the PBB alum lovingly spoke to ABS-CBN Lifestyle about her new life with Dudz, with whom she's expecting baby number two.
“Sya yung parent na sobrang responsible at hands-on. Simula noong ipinanganak si Eros, sobrang matiyaga sya sa pag-aalaga at pag-aasikaso kay baby,” she shared. “Growing up, sya yung nagluluto, nagpapakain ng baby, at nagpapatulog.”
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When it comes to fatherhood, Mitch praised Dudz for simply knowing the best way to nail it down—and enjoying it.
“Since solo palang ngayon si baby at walang kalaro sa bahay, kaming tatlo ang nagkukulitan at naglalaro,” she said. “Pero ang paborito ko talagang moments ay yung kapag binabasahan namin ng libro si baby, nagsisimba kami every Sunday, at namamasyal as a family.”
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Admittedly, there are times that the lovely couple would overhear insensitive jokes and slurs for their unconventional lifestyle. But, Mitch said, they have eventually learned not to shrug it off.
“Hindi na namin iniisip yung iniisip ng ibang tao para sa kanila. Ginusto namin talagang bumuo ng pamilya at magkaanak at wala namang masama doon kasi karapatan naman natin lahat ‘yun, kahit LGBTQIA+,” she stressed.
After all, Mitch believes, what's so bad about having a beautiful family united by faith, love, and happiness?
“Ang importante, kaya nating panindigan ang responsibilidad na maging mabuting tao at magulang sa magiging anak natin," she declared.
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Photographs taken from Mitch Talao's Instagram account