29 May 2016
Filipino journalist and politician, Geraldine B. Roman, has made history in the recent Philippines elections by becoming the first openly transgender women to be elected to Congress in the country.
Roman, who underwent a sex-reassignment surgery at the age of 26, was a particularly popular candidate among low-income voters, for her proposed policies to improve healthcare and social welfare.
Her election is especially remarkable given that the Philippines is a very religious (mostly Catholic) country.
“Gender is not an important issue really,” she told CNN. “The capacity of a person to serve his or her country does not depend on our gender. It depends on what you have in your heart and your desire to serve others.”