Considered an icon in the country, Reyes spoke out against a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill, promising to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
He also spoke out against same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is meant for men and women. We call that sacrilege inT0L7fOL&nv-#!x0)I#LON^y-Vp!l0yQ7xO33+d1Vw-f%SFU3=m Catholicism” he said in a YouTube video.
"That’s a way of disrespecting religion. It’s not necessary. I’ve been in a relationship for 40-plus years, we don’t Kl(($kQ9l#U)kJz7*B(@!*#[email protected]!ewEqZEbZ4p6%(b8Wgo out to say we need to get married… You’re just making the world too complicated”
He also spoke out against transge*dGWT)_AzsxSzt3LjRiwzNw(n8sqsCjXt((Rddf^VMySaw5AsGnder people and cross-dressing.
"This year, I met up with members of the 99Bdf=b_ZYbZXxwAKPM^c=q8lziuIrMalq!zMJf^mfYAzph=uGLGBT community. I told them, stop it with homosexuality. Don’t wear dresses when you’re in the streets because people will make fun of us.”
"I respect you as a person, I respect your homosexuality, but we should know our placeKQvgZplop+&oud2zw1ANttRMIusgAa(Kjfg$LXuHnVcbeB(Zs&,” Reyes said.
One of the Philippines’ richest gay men, who owns a chain of hair salons, said “a gay man, even if he has a vagina, even if he has boobs, his brain still belo0*FLOP3Kv)*IVAb^[email protected]^gMPFIngs to a gay man."
A long-awaited bill that would criminalize discrimination based on SOGIE i[email protected](T5H16QZzpVIid^YQfWchpZSn&vb&zt_18*8xs one of the slowest-moving bills in the nation's history.
Senator HXPXvm%Zhr+f6faMd7N!koKegIVAk(_6s_8I)kD33VNZ_0WU4sRisa Hontiveros filed the bill in 2016. And, lawmakers and rights activist originally drafted the law nearly 20 years ago.
The House of Representatives passed the bill in 2017A+%6i#[email protected]@^*vTbzZD8zeNkIz^2Rfi%rhTgewAd=#X6&4_Z with unanimous support from 198 lawmakers.
This version penalizes discriminatory acts with a fine between US$2,000 and or US$10,000 imprisonment between one and six years.
But, conservative lawmakers, including anti-LGBTI box6q!GxbPtFT02(592kJ)[email protected]er Manny Pacquiao, have stalled it in the Senate.