Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Miss Universe PH Catriona Gray supports trans woman joining Miss Universe

Miss Universe Spain Angela Ponce and Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray. Images combined credit to Filipino Times and Preen Inquirer
Debates have risen since Spain declared that they are sending Angela Ponce, a trans woman, as their candidate to the Miss Universe pageant next year.

For Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray, she is giving her all-out support to Ponce.

“Personally, I don’t have problem with it,” Gray said.

Despite her support, Miss Philippines understand why Spain’s candidate is causing so much heated discussion among viewers and fans.

"But I do understand why there is quite an uproar amongst all the fans and different people looking at the issue, because it is a very young discussion about the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer], and especially coming into the arena of pageantry, where it’s traditional that is natural-born women [who compete],” she said.

The event has certainly stirred conversation about the pageant and of the LGBTQ community itself, and Gray think it’s about time that discussion for these topics arise, furthering that surely Ponce did not just wake up one day and decided to be a woman.

"This is someone who she identified to be since she was a child, so in her inner being, she is a woman. So, parang, are we open-minded to allow her to compete with other women? And I think that is something we should talk about,” Gray explained.

At the end of the day, Gray knows that the final call will come from the Miss Universe Organization as they will still assess Ponce’s qualifications for the international pageant.

"But I think it really depends on—one, Miss Universe Organization, if they allow it, and that’s their prerogative, and also the bansa itself, or the country itself, if that contestant, who may be transgender, can go through the casting process, become a candidate, get judging and earn the right to represent her country, then why not?” she said.

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Daily Pilipinas Source: PEP

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