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CNN – Voters have made history in the Philippines, electing their first ever transgender politician to the House of Representatives.
Liberal Party candidate Geraldine Roman trounced her closest rival in the congressional district of Bataan, winning 62% of the unofficial vote count with 99% of precincts reporting.
It’s a significant milestone for the LGBT community in the Catholic-dominated Philippines, where gays, lesbians and transgenders have been publicly ridiculed by some politicians and public figures.
Earlier this year, eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sparked worldwide condemnation and outrage in the Philippines for saying gay people are “worse than animals.” He later apologized for the insult, which came during his own bid for a Senate seat.
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