San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday called on pageant or show organizers to create wholesome activities and not organize ones that are lewd and cannot inspire others.
The Bishop was reacting to information that a video clip that has gone viral on social media shows gay children made to do a catwalk and to speak words inappropriate for their young age during the LGBT Night Beauty Pageant in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, recently.
Alminaza said they should create activities that are beneficial to human dignity because this will be reflected by the children. He said he believes that the dignity of each person should be respected and that people should also command respect from others.
“So their actions and behavior should respect people’s dignity especially in the Christian point of view since we are children of God,” he said.
He also said he believes that people who have different sexual orientations are talented and that everybody should be respected regardless of orientation. But he hopes they will not be subjected to situations that would degrade them and lose people’s respect for them, Alminaza said.
Although he has not seen the video clip since the activity was only described to him, he is calling on those in charge of these kind of programs, especially those involving children, to be creative in coming up with activities that will uplift people’s dignity and self-respect, he said.
Alminaza said he hopes that parents would monitor the activities of their children.
If these activities degrade human dignity, they will not be tolerated by the Church, he said.
The activity was also condemned by the Department of Social Services and Developmentand the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Bacolod City Police Office that is ready to file charges against the organizers if there is a complaint since they consider it a form of child exploitation in violation of the law.
Singcang Barangay Captain Rosinie Distrito, in an interview over ABS-CBN, said the children were only part of the intermission number of the LGBT Night Beauty Pageant that is part of the barangay’s fiesta celebration.
Distrito said they did not expect the children to be uttering inappropriate words and so he is apologizing to those who found them offensive or rude. The children were allowed by their parents to do an intermission number while the contestants were dressing up for the show.
DSSD head Pacita Tero said they have already called the attention of the barangay on the matter and will request the Sangguniang Panlungsod to pass an ordinance that will set standards in the presentation of shows involving minors.*
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