Pia Wurtzbach, 28, stayed true to her promise to be use her voice to raise awareness to certain causes including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) awareness. Recently, she wrote a message to her 5.4 million Instagram followers.
“Being gay is not a crime!” Wurtzbach wrote in a lengthy caption of a black photo she posted on Instagram on Nov. 29, Wednesday. “Living with HIV is not a punishment!”
This was Wurtzbach’s reaction to the recent drug raid in a high-scale hotel in Taguig City in Metro Manila, Philippines where 11 men, who were supposedly gay, were arrested. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local news outlets revealed to the media that one of the suspects was HIV positive.
“Because of what PDEA and the news outlet have done, some people are now associating drugs and immorality with being gay,” Wurtzbach wrote. “It’s ridiculous.”
The whole point of the drug raid was to arrest the men for their supposed crime, which was selling, distributing and using illegal narcotics, Wurtzbach pointed out. She then asked the PDEA and the news outlets to “take steps to mend the situation.”
Instead of taking big steps back, the Philippines should continue “taking small steps forward to improve acceptance, tolerance and understanding,” the Filipino beauty queen and actress noted. She emphasized that being gay is not immoral and being HIV positive should neither be a laughing stock nor be considered a punishment.
Miss Universe 2015 asked her fellow Filipinos to stop being judgmental. To the members of the LGBT community, she simply asked them to stay strong and gave them assurance of victory saying, “We’ll win this.”
When Wurtzbach answered the final round of Question-and-Answer portion at Miss Universe 2015, she noted that HIV awareness was timely and relevant to the Philippines. In June 2016, she represented her home country and the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) in a high-level meeting of the United Nations aimed at ending acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
At Miss Universe 2017, Wurtzbach was one of the judges at the final telecast and for her beauty look, she teamed up with Filipino makeup artist and YouTube star Patrick Simondac, 28, who is professionally known as Patrick Starr. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Miss Universe 2015’s visit in Baguio City in 2016: