Beauty queen Beatrice Gomez shares she was advised to keep her gender identity a secret.
BEATRICE GOMEZ – Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez reveals an organization has told her to keep her gender identity when joining a pageant.
Andrea Meza of Mexico
is Miss Universe 2020 and in the recently concluded competition, she crowned a new queen,
Harnaaz Sandhu of India
. And the Philippines delegate, Beatrice Luigi Gomez, was a top 5 finisher of the pageant. She has put the country again in the top 5 of the international beauty pageant.
Beatrice is admired not just for her beauty and brain but also for her bravery. She is a proud member of the LGBT community and she represents them. However, in a quite uncomfortable encounter with an organization, she was invited before to join a national pageant but was told to keep her gender identity a secret.
Accordingly, the advice was from the organization. Being a member of the community, she has always been proud and vocal about it. She’s never scared to admit this and such a piece of advice is something she did not obey. She shared,
“Actually, the first time po that I was invited to join a national pageant, that organization told me not to be open about my preferences, my sexuality. They told me to hide my photos on social media.”
She stated during an interview with Karen Davila in
that obeying such a condition felt wrong for her. She felt wrong to be in a competition where she cannot be herself. She clearly did not accept it. And when she joined Binibining Cebu and eventually won, she grabbed that opportunity to speak and represent the LGBT community.
“It was something that I had to do, not only for myself, but for the rest of the community.”
Watch the interview here:
Meanwhile, here are the other winners of this year’s Miss Universe:
1st runner up:
Miss Universe Paraguay Nadia Ferreira
2nd runner up:
Miss Universe South Africa Lalela Lali Mswane
Spirit of Carnival Award:
Chantel O’Brian of Bahamas
Impact Wave Award:
Antonia Figueroa of Chile
Best in National Costume:
Maristella Okpala of Nigeria
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