Meet the women who broke the norms, made waves in Miss Universe 2023

Hannah Mallorca 11/18/2023

‘Stay tuned for real-time updates from the Miss Universe 2023 event!’ LIVE UPDATES: Miss Universe 2023 In a powerful move to push for women empowerment, the Miss Universe 2023 pageant opened its doors to transgender women, mothers, and a…

Another transgender woman qualifies for the 2023 Miss Universe pageant

Armin Adina 10/08/2023

‘Stay tuned for real-time updates from the Miss Universe 2023 event!’ LIVE UPDATES: Miss Universe 2023   MANILA, Philippines — After the Netherlands, another European country is fielding a transgender woman to the 2023 Miss Universe pageant…

Transgender women cannot compete in FIDE chess events for females

08/18/2023

GENEVA— Transgender women cannot compete in official events for females of the world’s top chess federation until an assessment of gender change is made by its officials. The decision by Lausanne, Switzerland-based federation FIDE was published on…

Transgender model to represent the Netherlands in 72nd Miss Universe pageant

Armin Adina 07/10/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Another transgender woman will compete in the Miss Universe pageant after Angela Ponce from Spain made history for trans visibility in 2018. Transgender model Rikkie Valerie Kolle was crowned Miss Nederland on July 8…

Transgender leader Lester Archival: Diversity’s vanguard, shattering stereotypes

Ishi Fate Jugo 06/10/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines –Nestled amidst the mountain barangay of Budla-an, a small community in the heart of Cebu City, a trailblazer has emerged, defying stereotypes and paving the way for a more inclusive society. Meet Lester Archival,…

Transgender women in beauty pageants: Gloria Diaz’s take and two other sides of the issue

Vhenna Marie Mantilla 05/04/2023

CEBU City, Philippines— (UPDATED) Women, who were born male but identify as female, have been breaking barriers and challenging traditional beauty standards today. As they have often been excluded from mainstream beauty pageants and other similar competitions,…

Gloria Diaz objects to transwomen, married women, single moms in Miss Universe

Hannah Mallorca 05/04/2023

Gloria Diaz said that she is not in favor of transwomen, married women, and single mothers joining Miss Universe, pointing out that they should establish their own pageants instead. Diaz, herself a former Miss Universe titleholder, made…

KaladKaren makes history as first transwoman to win MMFF best supporting actress award

Anne Pasajol 04/12/2023

Celebrity impersonator KaladKaren was named best supporting actress at the first-ever Summer Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), making her the first transgender woman to be nominated and to win the acting honor. KaladKaren, born Jervi Li, was…

DepEd OKs LGBTQ restroom in Ifugao school; more soon

Vincent Cabreza - Reporter / @Inquirer_Baguio 03/16/2023

BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — There is now a restroom for LGBTQ pupils of an Ifugao high school that will be opened next week as part of a “gender-friendly” innovation being developed for Cordillera schools, an official…

LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination measure pushed in Cebu City

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 03/26/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The discrimination of members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others or LGBTQ+ based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Equality (SOGIE) will soon be penalized in Cebu City.  Councilor…

FACES OF CEBU: Fuschia Anne Ravena, first Miss International Queen Philippines

Immae Lachica 03/20/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Fuschia Anne Ravena paved the way for the transgender community in Cebu and in the Philippines to be heard and seen even more.  In case you missed this momentous win for Cebu, Fuschia Anne…

Duterte grants ‘absolute pardon’ to Pemberton – Locsin

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has granted “absolute pardon” to US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted for the death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.…

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