The Philippines made history earlier this month when the country’s congress elected its first transgender member.
Geraldine Roman won her seat with 62% of the vote, judging by reporting from 99% of districts, and she’ll represent the northern Bataan province’s first district.
Roman’s platform included banning any anti-LGBT discrimination and making gender changes legal.
This is a giant progressive step for a country in which divorce, abortion, and same-sex marriage are illegal. It’s also illegal for a transperson to change their name and sex. There have also not been any gay or lesbian politicians serving at the national level.