Catri­ona Gray holds one-on-one with Palawan LGBTQI com­mu­nity

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Binib­in­ing Pili­nas Uni­verse 2018 Catri­ona Gray held a one-on-one ses­sion with the LGBTQ com­mu­nity in Amos Tara Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ter, Sep­tem­ber 18, 2018.

She an­swered the com­mu­nity and gave pieces of ad­vice to the par­tic­i­pants as well as gave in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage to the Les­bians, Gays, Bi­sex­u­als, Tran­sex­u­als, Queer and In­ter­sex com­mu­nity.

The ac­tiv­ity was con­ducted to em­power the com­mu­nity, which ac­cord­ing to Catri­ona, should be treated as “our com­mu­nity” not just a com­mu­nity of its own and should not be treated as just a “move­ment.”

“I think we need to be more well­p­re­sented to tell more pos­i­tive sto­ries (About the LGBTQ)... Ac­cept­ing them and not just tol­er­at­ing them, ac­cept­ing them as a com­mu­nity, as one of the voices that make up the Philip­pines and not just some­one who goes

on ral­lies,” she said.

She added there is a need to in­te­grate the LGBTQI com­mu­nity in the so­ci­ety for them to be re­ally em­pow­ered and nor­mal­ize them in the so­ci­ety. “You know, all the rain­bows, and uni­corns, and what­ever, the truth is we need to in­te­grate them in the so­ci­ety,” she said.

She also stated that hav­ing trans­gen­ders in pageants will also be a great plat­form to spread to the world the strug­gles and needs of the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity.

She also set Ms. Uni­verse Spain as an ex­am­ple, stat­ing that her plat­form is a great tool in voic­ing out and em­pow­er­ing their com­mu­nity’s needs and strug­gles

“I per­son­ally have no prob­lem with that. I think that would be nice to have some­one with that kind of plat­form to voice out what the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity needs,” said Catri­ona.

Rica Ponce De LeonBelleza of Balan­gaw Or­ga­ni­za­tion said that the ac­tiv­ity is more than just a talk but also a sup­port to van­ish the in­equal­ity and stigma of the so­ci­ety to­wards LGBTQ Com­mu­nity.

“I think this will help em­power us, kasi it gives us sup­port against equal­ity and peo­ple has a knowl­edge­able re­sponse,” she said.

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