The Philippines landed a major LGBT rights victory with the election of Geraldine Roman, a trans woman and Liberal Party member, to the country’s House of Representatives.
Roman, 49, transitioned more than two decades ago. She will represent the Bataan province, north of Manila, the capital, taking over the seat that once belonged to her mother. She secured 23,814 votes Monday, beating her opponent by more than 13,000.
She’s proudly campaigned for greater trans rights in the Philippines.
“That somebody of my condition is going to enter congress for the first time is a statement that even transgender people can serve our country and should not be discriminated against,” she told Agence France-Presse. “Gender only becomes an issue when you try to keep it a secret. I’m so happy so why should I be ashamed?”
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