Miriam Quiambao is not a stranger to all of us. She was the one so famously almost got us the Miss Universe crown back in 1999.
Well, I saw the show “Tonight with Arnold Clavio” discussing the change in the Miss Universe Pageant rules to accept transgendered women. The guest was Naomi Fontanos, Chair for Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines or STRAP, and Miriam Quiambao.
Although I disagree with Naomi’s claim that they consider themselves “natural-born women”, Miriam’s response was quite offensive. It was the usual injection of religious belief into the conversation and I was kind of taken aback specially when she said that she wasn’t the one who said it but God did.
Here’s the video:
Well, she wasn’t content with that. She went on to Twitter and tweeted the following after an appearance with Boy Abunda‘s The Bottom Line:
“Homosexuality is not a sin but it is a lie from the devil. Do not be deceived. God loves gays and wants them to know the truth”
She immediately received a strong backlash from the LGBT community (most specially the gays who supported her during her Miss Universe competitions). She went and apologized saying,
“I’m sorry LGBT. Perhaps I was too harsh with the words I used. Will do my best to be more sensitive. #respect #nobodysperfect”
Later on, after more tweets she said:
“I’m sorry that the truth offends some people but it is truth that comes from God. The truth will set you free. Love you.”
“Mahal ko ang LGBT. That’s why I am sharing with you the truth. If you are not ready for it, please don’t shoot me. I am just a messenger.”
I don’t know if you all remember Carrie Prejean for Miss USA.
Sorry, Miriam. I know that you mean well. But calling us a “lie from the devil” will not get you closer to your god. What about equal rights? Please tell us Miriam. Are you for or against equal rights?