Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray believes that transwomen like Angela Ponce feel and identify themselves as women.
Naging mainit na usapin muli sa social media ang isyu ng transgender inclusion sa beauty pageants, simula noong preliminary competition ng Miss Universe December 14. Halu-halo ang opinyon ng mga netizens tungkol kay Miss Spain contestant Angela Ponce na isang transgender, pero para kay Catriona Gray, bukas siya sa pagtanggap ng mga transgender sa competition na tulad ng Miss Universe.
Una na niyang ipinahayag ang kanyang opinyon sa isang episode ng The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, ilang linggo bago koronohan bilang bagong Miss Universe 2018.
"I’m open to it, because individually, I see beauty queens in more than a physical aspect," paunang pahayag ni Catriona.
Dagdag ni Cat, nirerepresenta ni Angela Ponce ang transwomen community sa Miss Universe. “We represent something—that has to be what we’re there for. And she (Angela Ponce) has a purpose. She is that voice for the transgender community.
“If she can further educate people about what are the needs of the transgender community to get us to be more compassionate towards them… I have close friends who are transgender, so I’ve heard their experiences, and there is a lot of work to be done in how we come towards them,” sabi ni Cat.
Samantala, hindi man nakapasok sa Top 20, ay nakatanggap ng standing ovation si Miss Spain matapos bigyan pugay siya ng Miss Universe organization na naging kasama niya sa pagpo-promote ng diversity at gender equality.
Sa ipinalabas na VTR, binanggit ni Angela Ponce, "I'm here to represent diversity of humans in the world. My hope for tomorrow is to be able to live in a world of equality for everyone, simply for us all to understand that we are human and that we must make all our lives easier together, that reality for many people is going to change. If I can give that to the world, I don't need to win Miss Universe I only need to be here."
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