MANILA, Philippines – Just like most beauty queens and celebrities, majority of the readers of ABS-CBNnews.com do not want transgenders to be included in the Bb. Pilipinas, which sends representatives to Miss Universe and other international pageants.
In an online poll conducted by ABS-CBNnews.com, 90.39% or 2,484 respondents said “no” to the question “Should transgenders be allowed to participate in the Bb. Pilipinas pageant?”
The poll, which was opened on April 16, generated 2,747 responses.
Seven percent or 194 ABS-CBNnews.com readers welcomed the idea, while 2.56% said “no opinion/don’t know.”
Local pageant groups made their respective statements last month following the decision of the Miss Universe Organization to give transgender contestants a chance to be crowned the world’s most beautiful woman.
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. said it respects the group’s latest policy change, but did not mention if it will follow suit.
Organizers of the advocacy-driven Miss Philippines-Earth pageant, however, stressed that only “natural-born” women should be allowed to join their beauty contests, at least for now.
Beauty queens on transgender candidates
Beauty queens, meanwhile, had mixed views on the issue.
Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, for one, said she does not object to the idea of having transgender candidates, but stressed that winning a woman’s pageant is another battle altogether.
“Well if the pageant says they are welcome, they are welcome. But the thing is, are they really going to allow them to win and will the country want gay people to represent them? But if the country wants it, so do I,” Diaz said.
Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao, however, strongly opposes the inclusion of trangenders in women’s beauty pageants, saying that it is for “real women.”
Just recently, Quiambao drew flak for her comments about homosexuality, which she called “a lie from the devil.”
She later apologized to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on Twitter.