After Sam Milby admitted that he has broken up with his girlfriend March this year, Mari Jasmine recently revealed her relationship with ‘Baka Bukas’ director Samantha Lee who came with her at the Metro Manila Pride March 2018 in Marikina City.
In her Instagram post, Mari revealed that she and Samantha are already a couple and that her dream is “to live in a world where I feel safe walking down the street holding my girlfriend’s hand.”
Mari wrote: “What an inspiring #pride month we’ve just wrapped up! 25,000 people strong this year in Manila, celebrating as one.
Pride is about celebrating love, equality, and owning your truth. So here’s mine: in the little time I’ve spent on this earth, I’ve had the privilege of being in love with both men and women.
Filipinos are known to be some of the most loving people on earth. As a foreigner arriving in Manila over 5 years ago, I can attest to this – I’ve been accepted and treated with love and compassion from day one. I’ve been welcomed to family dinners, been nurtured, taken care of and was never made to feel like an outsider.
My dream is for the same kind of love, compassion, and understanding to be shown to the LGBTQIA+ community. We still have a long way to go to reach acceptance and equality, especially here in the Philippines. My dream is to live in a world where I feel safe walking down the street holding my girlfriend’s hand. A world where I have the same fundamental human rights that I would be entitled to if I were in a straight, heteronormative relationship.