MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The key figures behind the Hashtag Babae Ako (#BabaeAko) movement have sent an urgent petition to the Miss Universe Organization protesting the selection of a transgender woman as the new Miss Spain.
Angela Ponce, a trans woman, was selected to represent Spain in this year’s Miss Universe Pageant.
In their petition, the Filipina women claimed that allowing a transgender woman to compete with natural-born women is an affront to their dignity and that of all women of the world. “Can you imagine if women joined the Mr. Universe competition,” they asked.
Among those who signed the petition were Maria Lourdes Sereno, Mae Paner, a.k.a. Juana Change, journlist Inday Varona, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and blogger Raissa Robles.