Eat...Bulaga!, a popular noon time show in the Philippines, featured an out gay man named Diamond with a wife and children, asking for advice.
Diamond asked what he can do to prevent his kids from being bullied for having a gay father.
One of the hosts suggested that Diamond change the way he dressed, behaved, and looked.
Another of the show's hosts, Philippine senator Tito Sotto, added in Tagalog, "In other words, go back into the closet."
The hosts also said that Diamond's children might also be mistaken to be gay because their father identifies as gay.
The televised exchange moved Cha Roque, a lesbian mom with an 11-year-old daughter, to write an open letter to Eat...Bulaga!
Roque told BuzzFeed Philippines she wrote the open letter because she wanted to educate people about how these kinds of statements result in a culture of hate and discrimination.
Roque believes writing her open letter to the show was her duty as a mother and a member of the LGBT community.
"I am an out and proud lesbian mom," she told BuzzFeed Philippines. "I just really wanted to share my thoughts because I have seen and experienced struggles that LGBT families go through. My letter is not an attack. It was carefully written and I tried not to let my feelings get in the way. I tried to be as objective as I can because what I wanted was to get my point across — to be heard by the people who are part of the show and can do something about the issue."
Many Filipinos on Facebook have showed Roque their support.
Roque said the best response to her letter was a Change.org petition compelling the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board of the Philippines to make sensitivity training mandatory.
While many in the LGBT community have voiced their support for Roque, there were also comments from those who thought she was being overly sensitive and missed the point of the Eat...Bulaga! hosts' humor.
Neither Eat...Bulaga! nor its parent network GMA have responded to Roque’s open letter, but one of the show’s hosts, Paolo Ballesteros, posted this photo of a beauty pageant on his Instagram account.
In response to a comment that said, "Y'all could've handled the situation better," Ballesteros said in Tagalog, "Make your own show and host it so you wouldn't be annoyed."
Roque said that she thought twice about writing the open letter, but ultimately decided she could not stand idly by.
BuzzFeed Philippines has reached out to GMA for comment.
Loreen Ordono is a contributor to BuzzFeed Philippines and is based in Manila.
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