Miss Peru sorry for saying ‘absent dads’ make you gay

Miss Peru 2012 makes a public apology for declaring she won't have a gay son because god wouldn't allow that to happen

Miss Peru sorry for saying ‘absent dads’ make you gay
13 July 2012

Miss Peru Universe 2012 has made a public apology to the Peruvian gay rights movement for a series of anti-gay jibes.

Beauty queen Cindy Mejia, Miss Peru 2012, recently stated that god wouldn’t allow her to have a gay son.

She also stated that boys only turn gay because of their father being absent, or because they have been raped or are too close to their mother and sisters.

Her comments caused an uproar in the Peruvian media especially as Mejia initially said her statements were taken out of context and distorted, which turned out to be false when the whole recording of the interview was published online.

Twitter users throughout Peru have decided to crown Mejia with the title Miss Homophobia using the Twitter hashtag #Misshomofobia (Spanish).

A public debate is ensuing whether the beauty queen should lose her crown for her homophobic statements.

Yesterday Mejia personally delivered a public letter of apology to the Peruvian LGBT rights group – Movimiento Homosexual de Lima (MHOL).

In her letter Mejia said she did not realize the negative consequences of her answer: ‘I must say that it has not been my intention that my statements affect or offend the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as their families and friends, since they deserve the greatest respect and have also my personal appreciation at all times. 

‘I want to express my public apologies for my statements.’

In addition Mejia acknowledged that her opinion was ‘unwise and unfortunate’ due to her lack of knowledge on the subject.

‘I deeply regret that these statements contribute to encourage discrimination and violence towards LGBT people. This is why I commit to combat homophobia and sexism in my role as Miss Peru.’

She also delcared that her visit to the LGBT organization was for her to learn more about gay issues and get involved in the group’s future events.

The Peruvian media has remained largely unimpressed with her apology.

Presenters of the popular program Buenos Dias Peru (Good Morning Peru) said although ‘beauty is important’ certain ‘standards of education’ should also be expected from someone holding the title Miss Peru.

Presenters further dismissed her apology as a transparent attempt to save her crown.

Magaly Medina, celebrity gossip show host said the apology was ‘too little too late’ and she should have apologized immediately instead of denying what she said.

Read her formal apology letter (in Spanish) here.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Dexter star Michael C Hall to be Broadway's next Hedwig

Versatile actor to go from playing serial killer on television to transgender rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
No thumbnail available

It gets worse: Uganda drafts new anti-gay law

Draft legislation would ban foreign non-government organizations from helping LGBTI people
No thumbnail available

US Vice President Joe Biden says LGBTI rights trump cultural boundaries

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay referendum looms in Slovakia but may apathy save the day?

Slovaks will go to the polls on 7 February in a referendum called by family groups on same-sex marriage and gay adoption but there are hopes that not enough people will bother to vote for it to be considered valid
No thumbnail available

Modern Family wins two WGA Awards

Writers honor ABC sitcom with prominent gay couple raising a child
No thumbnail available

Former Reagan aide wants Southern States to leave America over gay rights

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States
No thumbnail available

Raven-Symoné has no pity for young stars burdened by fame and paparazzi

'It's unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head'
Complaints made to Ofcom over EastEnders 'gay sex' scene

Complaints made to Ofcom over EastEnders 'gay sex' scene

Several people are outraged by the implied scene, saying the British soap is a 'disgrace' and 'ruined' for showing same-sex romances
No thumbnail available

Trans woman stabbed to death in San Francisco

This is the fourth killing of a trans woman in the US in 2015 
No thumbnail available

President Obama tells NBA's gay player Jason Collins he 'couldn't be prouder' of him

'To see a role model like that who is unafraid, I think this is a great thing'