Pinay Miss International Queen 2015 Trixie Maristela keeps up fight for LGBT rights

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Pinay transwoman Trixie Maristela (left, shown crowning Miss International Queen 2016 Jiritchaya Sirimongkolnawin), outgoing Miss International Queen 2015, vows to keep up her fight for LGBT equality: "I will continue to fight for our right to be loved and to be recognized and be heard. We are proud. We are here and we are set to change the world."


Nabigo ang Filipina transwomen na sina Sabel Gonzales at Stacy Biano na magkaroon ng back-to-back win sa Miss International Queen 2016 ang ating bansa dahil si Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin ng Thailand ang hinirang na successor ng Pinay Miss International Queen 2015 Trixie Maristela sa coronation night na ginanap noong Biyernes sa Tiffany’s Show Theater, Pattaya, Thailand.

Kinoronahan bilang first runner-up ni Sirimongkolnawin si Nathalie Oliveira ng Brazil, at second runner-up naman si Miss Venezuela Andrea Collazo.

Hindi man pinalad na manalo, kabilang sina Gonzales at Biano sa Top 10 candidates ng beauty pageant para sa transgender women na itinuturing na pinakamalaki at prestigious sa buong mundo.

KEEPING UP THE FIGHT FOR LGBT RIGHTS. Ang equality para sa LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community sa lipunan at trabaho ang misyon ng Miss International Queen.

Sa kanyang farewell speech, sinabi ni Maristela na kahit tapos na ang kanyang panunungkulan bilang Miss International Queen, ipagpapatuloy niya ang pakikipaglaban para sa mga karapatan ng transwomen.

“Never did I imagine that I will have this opportunity to be in this most prestigious stage for transwomen. To show the world how golden my heart is and how outstanding transwomen can be.

“This journey has not been mine alone because this is a story of every transwomen in the world, a story of struggle perseverance, pride, beauty, kindness, triumph and finding our place in the world.

“My reign may be coming to an end tonight but my journey as Trixie Maristela, a humbled and a thankful daughter, sister, friend and a proud transwoman is moving forward because our struggle continues.

“I will continue to  fight for our right to be loved and to be recognized and be heard. We are proud. We are here and we are set to change the world,” deklara niya.


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