Magiging fellow candidate ni Catriona Gray sa 2018 Miss Universe Pageant ang transgender representative ng Spain na si Angela Ponce.
Looking forward ngayon si Catriona Gray na makilala ang pinag-uusapan na Miss Universe candidate from Spain na si Angela Ponce na isang transwoman.
Sa panayam na ito ng PUSH at ABS-CBN News ibinahagi ng Miss Universe PH bet ang kanyang personal na opinyon sa pagsali ng isang transgender candidate sa prestigious Miss Universe pageant.
“Personally, I have no problem with it, but I do understand why it is an uproar among the fans and different people looking at the issue, because it is a very young discussion about the LGBTQ and especially in the arena of pageantry, where it’s traditional that it is for naturally born women,” bungad ni Catriona.
Aniya, ipinauubaya pa din niya ang desisyon sa Miss Universe Organization.
“But you know I think it’s really depends on the Miss Universe Organization if they allow it and that’s their prerogative and also the country itself of that contestant who maybe transgender, can go through the casting process and become a candidate, get judging or earned the right to represent their country then why not?” sabi pa ni Cat.
“Who are we to say that’s wrong, I mean it’s a discussion talaga of the organization talaga … I’m trying to see from all of the sides. But aside from that we need to consider that this contestant didn’t wake up one day saying ‘I wanna be a woman.’ This is someone who identifies (she is a woman) since she was a child,” dagdag pa ng Miss Universe Philippines.
Bilang isang kandidata, malaking hamon din sa kanyang kapwa beauty queens sa Miss Universe ang i-welcome ang transgender candidate.
“In her inner being, she is a woman, so are we open minded to allow her to compete with other women? I think that is something we should talk about,” sabi pa niya.