After being outed, actor Alex Diaz says he will no longer be ‘shackled by fear’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — After he was outed by a celebrity fitness coach last week, a TV actor broke his silence and said he will “never again... be shackled by fear.”

“I will seek help, heal and champion change, acceptance and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society,” Alex Diaz said Tuesday on an Instagram post.

He explained that he never wanted to “elude the truth” about him, but was forced to do so by “showbiz decisions based on the state of our nation in regards to acceptance and representation of who I am.”

“I see now that my actions are not caused by, but rather the effect of the unhealthy and toxic suppression of all who I am as a human being,” he added.

He also apologized to his management, brands, supporters, friends, family, “and everyone else [he] let down [for] what he did and/or who I am.”

Ending his message, Diaz said he will “rest, reevaluate and come back stronger and better than ever.”

A number of celebrities have come out in support of Diaz, with some pointing out that it was wrong for him to be outed.

Diaz trended on social media last week over an apparent message to a celebrity fitness coach where he asked the latter if he accepts “indecent proposals.”

The coach flatly shut down Diaz’s advances and posted the conversation online.

“Outing” is the act of disclosing a person’s sexual orientation without their consent. Some LGBTQ+ advocates criticize this, saying that this is a violation of their right to privacy and takes away from them their choice to come out when they are comfortable.

Under the proposed bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), outing with “malicious intent” or is “primarily motivated by a desire for commercial profit” can land a person in jail for one to six years and be made to pay a fine of P100,000 to P600,000.

A version of this measure, popularly known as the SOGIE Equality Bill, passed in the House of Representatives last year, but died in the Senate.

The same bill has been refiled in both chambers of Congress, but Senate leaders have expressed pessimism on its passage.