The actress has long been an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, championing their rights and visibility in every chance she gets.
Actress Heart Evangelista plays a meaningful role behind the curtains, and that is to be an advocate of causes that are close to heart – cancer awareness, animal welfare, and, ultimately, equal rights for her brothers and sisters from the rainbow community.
Such is why she deserved to take home the Equality Champion Award presented to her by LGBTQ+ groups during the Equality Night last Thursday, November 15. “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,” wrote Heart on Instagram this Friday, November 16.
With this, Heart is determined to continue championing the rights of the minority group. “Thank you for giving me the Equality Champion Award. [sic] 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.”
Aside from Heart, Senator Risa Hontiveros, a strong advocate of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill, and BJ Pascual, loud and proud celebrity photographer, also received the same recognition.