“ I did not come out. I certainly did not come out on the Miss Universe Philippines stage. I simply reiterated my truth.
I am bisexual. While who I love, and have loved, does not define the core of my being, I am a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This journey is dedicated to every single person who has been pigeonholed, discriminated, or dehumanized for their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. May we no longer be silenced by fear, but empowered by our truth and the support of our allies.
Photo: Noel Benjamin Fernandez
Suit : Oscar James
HMUA : Bernadeth A. Agbo
Creative Director : Rabie Ian Biongcog Pogoy
Assisted by : Michelle Joy Padayhag
Tonight at 7:45PM (Nepal) or 10pm (Manila time), catch the Instagram LIVE conversation between Miss Universe Nepal Official National Director Nagma Shrestha and NYC-based LGBTQ+ advocate Geena Rocero as they discuss the inclusion of transwomen candidates in Miss Universe Nepal 2020.
This should be quite interesting.
#nagmashrestha #geenarocero #missuniversenepal2020
We all know who Lars Pacheco is. And just last night, she was crowned Queen of Misamis Oriental 2020 in a well-staged pageant that shows the province’s whole-hearted support for the LGBTQi Community.
Watch her full performance below.
Beauty pageants come and go, especially in this day and age when such ventures have mushroomed left and right in almost every corner of the Globe. And the Philippines is acknowledged as one of the leaders in putting up contests that give the spotlight to all genders, race, shapes and sizes – female, male and the LGBTQi Community.
Aris Aguirre (left) and LGBT Quezon 3rd District Quezon President Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes
Last May 19, a gay beauty pageant had its finals in Catanauan that followed the launch of the LGBT Quezon 3rd District. It is called “Queen Gay Peninsula 2018
”. Sponsored by the generous Aris Aguirre (right photo in dark blue shirt) who is set to run as Representative of the 3rd District of Quezon, the big event serves to unite all members of the community in an organization that will seek to reach out and institute future projects that will go beyond pageant glitter. While the contest was envisioned as an annual celebration of Pride, it will also endeavor to continuously protect the rights of each member en route to strengthening an important advocacy regarding HIV awareness and prevention, while instilling the values of respect, equality and diversity to encourage a creative and innovative environment from the grassroots level and up.
LGBT Quezon 3rd District is headed by its President Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes, along with the ever-reliable Project Manager Kristofferson Domantay Tan (who has been handling District-wide pageants/events since 2001) and Public Relation Head Jullos Alimpulo.
Looking forward to more significant activities from the organization from hereon now. I know that the team can elevate the LGBTQi Community in the 3rd District of Quezon and the entire Province eventually.
Here are more photos from the Queen Gay Peninsula 2018 finals.