Aspiring gay and transgender queens of "It's Showtime's" Miss Q&A segment on Monday were asked a similar question given to a Bb. Pilipinas contestant Sunday night, on the topic of having separate restrooms for members of the LGBTQ community.
During the coronation night of the national pageant at the Big Dome, Karen Gallman, who was eventually crowned Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental crown, answered this question from judge Precious Lara Quigaman: "Do you agree that a third restroom should be built for transgenders? Why or why not?"
Gallman answered (see 6:15 mark in video above): "I definitely agree that there should be a third restroom for transgenders because as women, we would also want our privacy, and also with men. We have a separate room for the transgenders. It just serves as equality, privatization. Thank you."
For the final round of Miss Q&A Monday, the last two contestants -- challenger Precious Amugong and reigning winner Odessa Jones -- answered the same question, only phrased differently and with an expanded scope.
"Sa iyong palagay, dapat bang may hiwalay na CR para sa LGBTQ members?" Vice Ganda read the question aloud to each of the hopefuls, both of whom are part of that community.
Amugong answered that a separate restroom should be given to LGBTQ members, on the premise of privacy and avoiding judgmental behavior from males or females using the traditional restrooms. Jones, meanwhile, opined otherwise, saying his fellow LGBTQ should be accorded respect and equal treatment.
Among the judges was Nicole Cordoves, herself a beauty queen, and one of the co-hosts in Sunday night's Bb. Pilipinas finals. She, along with "It's Showtime" mainstays Karylle, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz, then took turns sharing their opinion on the answers.
Ultimately, Jones successfully defended her crown for a chance to enter the Miss Q&A finals.
But before announcing the day's winner, "It's Showtime" host Vice Ganda gave his own answer to the question, saying: "Para sa akin, bago pa 'yung mga CR na 'yan, let's educate the people kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng LGBTQ, para maunawaan. If we understand each other and we are more compassionate, hindi isyu ang CR. Walang mababastos kung nagkaka-unawaan tayong lahat. Transwomen are women, transmen are men."