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Oprah’s message to Jake Zyrus: ‘I’m so proud of you’

Jake Zyrus talks about being inspired by transgender people.

By Cristina Malonzo-Balane 7/10/2017 2:36:16 PM

 

On Rated K, Jake Zyrus, who is formerly known as Charice Pempengco, shared the first steps he took to publicly announce his new identity.

“A few weeks ago, binago ko mga pangalan ng mga social media sites ko at the same time parang na-feel ko rin na mayroon na akong enough strength to face everything. So parang sabi ko, ‘Heto na! Sige!’”

He pointed out, “Kailan ko pa bibigyan ng freedom ang sarili ko para ipaalam sa buong mundo kung sino talaga ako? Kung kailan madami nang nasayang na oras na alam kong ang dami kong pwedeng gawin as myself talaga.

His journey has been inspired by his fellow transgender people. “Na-bother ako at na-inspire ako sa ibang transgender people na gusto kong ipaglaban din sila. Na kahit anong ibato sa iyo ng ibang tao, gusto kong ipakita sa kanila na kung kaya ko, kakayanin din nila.”

Jake is no longer struggling with his identity saying, “Ang alam ko sa sarili ko, hindi ako tomboy, hindi ako lesbian. Ang alam ko sa sarili ko lalaki ako.”

Asked if he would ever undergo full sexual reassignment, he replied, “In the future pero not anytime soon.”

Although receiving moral support from his friends, the change he has undergone has been a shock to his family, especially to his grandmother whose opinion has been heard through various portals. “My grandma and my mom, may mga beliefs sila na hindi ko pwedeng i-disrespect. Malaman man ng mga tao na hindi kami okay ngayon, magiging okay din po kami.”

He added, “My auntie minsan me-message niya ako, ‘O ito, may message ‘yung mom mo.’ Sabi ko, ‘bakit ayaw niya akong i-text ng diretso?’ Ang gagawin ko since doon siya komportable, ‘O sige, sabihin mo na lang ganito.’ In a way, parang nakakapag send po kami ng messages sa isa’t isa.”

Despite not being able to talk things through with his grandmother, he remains to be optimistic. “Yung lola ko po hindi ko pa po nakakausap but it takes time.”

Jake further disclosed that Oprah has known about his identity for quite some time now and was very supportive. “Nag-usap po kami noong ginuest po niya ako sa show niya 2-3 years ago. Tinanong niya sa akin what I’m up to, ganyan. What was I up to? Doon pa lang po sinabi ko na sa kanya na trans na ako. Sinabi po niya sa akin, ‘You know, I’m so proud of you.’”

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