- Geraldine Roman is the first transgender to be elected in Philippine Congress
- Truly an advocate of gender equality, she pushed for the anti-discrimination bill
- Roman was recently named as one of the inspiring women of 2016 by Time
We know Geraldine Roman is truly an achiever and an inspiration not only to the LGBT community but also to many people out there fighting for gender equality.
Here are the 5 reasons why she continues to be the pride and of the LGBT community:
1. Geraldine was named one of the “Inspiring Women of 2016” by Time magazine
Time magazine has recently released the list of “Inspiring Women in 2016”and Bataan First District Representative Geraldine Roman was included. In her twitter post, Geraldine said that it is truly an honor to be part of such list together with women like Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Simone Biles, etc. These women, according to Time, were chosen for “celebrating the power of girls and campaigning for gender equality worldwide.”
2. Geraldine is the first transgender politician to be elected in the Philippines
After conquering criticism and discrimination, Geraldine won the elections and became the congresswoman of the first district of Bataan. She is the first transgender politician to be elected in the Philippines. Coming from a family with a good political background, Geraldine hopes that she will continue the legacy of her family and will do everything to champion the needs of her people.
3. Geraldine urged the Congress to push for the anti-discrimination bill
Along with other lawmakers known as the “equality champs”, Geraldine urged the Congress to pass the anti-discrimination bill into law. In her first privilege speech, Geraldine said, “My dear brother and sisters in the LGBT community, I want you to know that I am but one voice among many in this august chamber that says it is time: It is the time to pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender identity. And the time is now!”
4. Geraldine was never afraid to reveal her true self
Despite fear of being rejected or dismembered from the family, Geraldine revealed her true self to her family, especially to her late father Tony Roman who was also a politician. She was fully accepted by her father. During her privilege speech in the Congress, Geraldine paid respect for her father in which she narrated that her father dreamt of her urging lawmakers to treat her and respect her as a co-equal. Indeed, Geraldine has captured the hearts of many Filipinos with her bravery and strong character.
5. Geraldine believes that God will push for equality, too
As a product of a Catholic upbringing and a Catholic school, Geraldine believes that God does not look at gender but at the kindness of one’s heart. On her interview with Karen Davila, she said, “… that God looks inside your heart; He does not look at gender. To begin with, God is supposedly a spirit without gender. They would tell me, what is important is your essence.”