Bataan Makes History, Elects First Transgender Politician – Based on the partial and unofficial results coming directly from the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Bataan’s first transgender politician, Geraldine Roman, is set to make election history.
Roman appears to have an unassailable lead with 104,287 votes against rival Danilo Malana who has 63,881 votes. Roman accounts for 68% of the votes.
When this becomes final, Roman will hold office in the House of Representatives for the first legislative district of Bataan. This district is composed of the municipalities of Abucay, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Morong, Orani, and Samal.
In a country where a significant number of people are Catholic and where some politicians denounce homesexuality and same-sex marriage, this is a breath of hope for the LGBT community.