TV Host, Blogger Mari Jasmine Empowers LGBTQIA+ Community

  • July 6, 2018

MANILA CITY, Philippines — Two days ago, Australian television host and blogger Mari Jasmine confirmed her relationship with film director Samantha Lee on an Instagram post. Her caption contains an empowering message about pride, love and equality. On her post, Jasmine told the LGBTQIA+ Community members who are ‘still questioning/figuring out’ themselves that they’re ‘wonderful, worthy and loved’.

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. To those who don’t have any friends or family in the LGBTQIA+ community, I implore you to reach out and start learning. We are often only afraid of the things we don’t know or understand. To reach equality, we need our allies to be as passionate and vocal about our rights as we are. To the LGBTQIA+ community and to those who are still questioning/figuring out who you are – you are wonderful, worthy and loved. Don’t let any person or any institution let you think otherwise. I stand by you and I will fight with you forever! 🌈🎉❤️

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Samantha LeeBaka Bukas director, likewise posted a photo of them happily waving the rainbow flag with the hashtag #Pride. Moreover, Lee expressed on another Instagram post that although the Pride Month is over, people should keep on educating themselves about the issues that surround the LQBTQIA+ Community.


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Mari Jasmine Is More Than Just Sam Milby’s Ex

Apparently, Jasmine previously got involved in a relationship with Kapamilya actor-singer Sam Milby for almost two years which ended just last March. Last night, some news websites wrote an article about it. However, some article caught Jasmine and Lee’s attention and somehow corrected their headline.


Aside from being a host and blogger, Jasmine is also a model and a travel, fashion and food blogger. She is definitely more than just Milby’s ex-girlfriend. How do you find Jasmine’s post? Let us know in the comments below.

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Words by Monique Pamintuan

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