Geraldine Roman, the first transgender candidate to run for a political office, is seeking for a breakthrough seat in the House of Congress.
Roman, a 49-year-old transgender woman from Bataan is representing the first district of the province. With the powerful backing of her influential family and the Garcia clan of Bataan, winning a seat in the congress is within reach for Roman and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The soft-spoken is the daughter of outgoing Bataan Representative Herminia Roman and the late Assemblyman Antonino Roman Jr. She is under the ruling Liberal Party (LP), which is also fielding the Mar Roxas-Leni Robredo tandem. Incumbent Hermosa Mayor Danilo Malana is her challenger for the congressional seat.
Roman said that she intends to champion gender equality and revive an antidiscrimination bill, if she wins this election. She also plans to continue giving medical assistance and scholarships to the people of Bataan, which have been provided by her family for three generations.
Roman has been living as a woman for over two decades. She underwent sex realignment surgery and legally changed her name and gender in the 1990s. She earned a journalism degree in Spain. She then married a Spanish citizen. Spain allows same-sex marriage.