I have written about BB Gandanghari in this post which still has to be updated.
I was not really a fan of Rustom but there is no denying the fact that I, and I am sure a lot would agree on this, find him physically attractive.
I was able to watch him tell all to Keanna during that controversial and dramatic (and funny) Pinoy Big Brother episode. I respected him for that.
I respected him more when there was no move on his part (as far as I can recall seeing him on tv which is entirely different from what is going on when there were no cameras) to dress and act like gay.
I was really, really surprised when he came out as BB Gandanghari! I mean, it was different seeing him as”Tita Patty” in Eva Fonda (halatang bang Kapamilya) but to see him as himself, dressed like a woman and being more physically beautiful than other women, had me floored. Suddenly I lost the respect I had for him.
But this soon changed when we met her (o ayan, her na) during the blogger event because I was able to hear explanations not just about her change but about the process she went through.
Coming out of the closet is not just the issue in cases like this. Its the acceptance and understanding of the people close to them, the unconditional love, and not being discriminated for being unique and being able to express feelings and emotions without guilt. I think, there are the things that matter most.
And as BB said, change is good.