History was made in the Philippines earlier this week when Geraldine Roman, a transgender politician, was elected to the House of Representatives.
The Philippines, which has a large Catholic population, has seen its fair share of anti-LGBT sentiment. As you may recall, this is where boxer Manny Pacquiao ran for elected office and said gay people are worse than animals. Roman, of course, rejects the idea that Christianity should, in anyway, spur anti-LGBT feelings; she explains: “If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would not approve of discrimination. I firmly believe that.”
Roman, the 49-year-old Liberal Party candidate, won more than sixty percent of the vote based on unofficial tabulations. She has been living as a woman for more than 20 years and will be filling the seat previously held by her mother.