Philippines voters have made history with the election of liberal party candidate, Geraldine Roman, to the House of Representatives. Roman, (pictured above on the left) who landed a seat in the first congressional district of Bataan which is north of the country’s capital Manila, is the first transgender woman to be elected to public office.
This is considered to be a big step for the LGBT community in Catholic-dominated country where divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage are illegal. Filipinos identifying as transgender are not allowed to change their name and sex by law.
According to results, Roman took 62 percent compared to her rival Danilo Malana, who received only 38 percent of the votes.
The newly elected official is the daughter of Antonio Roman, former Bataan Representative, who served three consecutive terms in the 11th to 13th Congress, from 1998 to 2007. Her father was also appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as the head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) from 2010 to 2012.