MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Canada may be the first country to allow a transgender woman (Jenna Talackova) to compete in the local Miss Universe pageant, but the Philippines is the first to officially open up its national beauty pageant to drag queens and transgender persons.
Whether you are a heterosexual male who just wants to dress in drag or someone assigned the male gender at birth who has transitioned into a woman, you now have an equal chance as the rest of the ladies to win one of the coveted crowns in the Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant.
The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc (BPCI) today released the revised contestant application form that includes a question on one’s gender or sex (sic). The charity is the local franchisee for several international beauty pageants, including Miss Universe and Miss International
BPCI chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta said that beauty queen aspirants no longer need to lie about their gender. “All are welcome to apply — male, female, drag queens, transgender women or men.”