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In an interview with a Filipino talk show 21-year-old singing sensation Charice Pempengco, who appeared in the second season of Glee as exchange student Sunshine Corazon, confirmed she is gay and says she sees no problem with it.
“I think its amazing, she finally got the courage to come out and I think it’s really sweet,” Glee actor Alex Newell said.
Newell, who is a cross-dressing character on the show Glee and in real life, says the musical comedy is instrumental in allowing others to feel comfortable in their own skin.
“Glee always opens doors its pin points a subject or topic and it just kind of blows it up and shows that this is what a normal high school student’s going through. Someone that is transgender or somebody that’s gay somebody that is different in the status quo or something like that,” Newell said.
In the interview, Charice apologized for coming out if it offended people. The local gay straight alliance says a recent survey of 450 students reveals a third of Honolulu teens are afraid to come out.
“People don’t know what the reaction is going to be and you always hear that stereotype that it didn’t go so well they are being rejected by their family so all of this plays in your mind. I think as people it shouldn’t matter and we get to know each other as who we are regardless off what our orientation is,” said Calvin Marquez, GSA Hawaii.