The United States is known as a trailblazer in transgender and human rights throughout the world and has given liberty to thousands of transgendered people around the world. Ushering in same sex marriage, the United States has changed the global landscape in matters of equality and human rights.
Just this week in an Orange County, California Courthouse, one of the Philippines most-Iconic stars was granted, once and for all, these same equal and human rights.
BB Gandanghari, is a Philippine Icon who has blazed a trail in the Philippines in many genre’s including beauty products, action television, reality TV and now Human Rights.
“BB” the actress formerly known as Rustom Padilla, is a member of the Iconic Celebrity Padilla Family of the Philippines and was a heartthrob to millions of fans.
According to records viewed by The American Press Service filled in the California, Orange County, USA Courthouse: BB Gandanghari has been granted petition for name and gender change.
“This is it! I thought this day would never come… And I thank my GOD and my LORD for making these things happen. Everything makes sense now…and to this great country the United States of America for providing this #basichumanright… Thank you!”-BB Gandanghari
Geena Rocerois a Filipina-American fashion model who announced to the world that she was a transgender woman during here TED Talk conference in Manila, Philippines. Rocero expressed she’s felt like a girl since she was 5. When she was 19, it was her parents supportive who encouraged her to move from the Philippines to the United States and change her gender.
Beginning in Thailand, she underwent her sex change operation and later moved to the United States as a woman. A trailblazer to many, she became a fashion model, she thought she had made it. But she was reluctant to come out as a transgender.
“This very moment is my real coming out. I can no longer live my truth for and by myself. I want to do my best to help others live their truth without shame and terror.” -Geena Rocero
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Geraldine Romangrew up in a largely Catholic and Muslim country, in which abortion, divorce, and same-sex marriage is illegal. However, the trailblazer is the Philippines’ first transgender person elected to congressional office when she followed her families political dynasty by winning the seat.
“The politics of bigotry, hatred and discrimination did not triumph. What triumphed was the politics of love, acceptance and respect… I’m elated…I realize that the burden is bigger because the stereotype of [LGBT] people… so I have to prove them wrong.” -Geraldine Roman
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Janet Mock is a writer, transgender activist, former staff editor at People.com., and the author of “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.”
Chaz Bono, the son of Cher and Sonny Bono, has been a gay rights activist since 2009 and became more involved when he revealed that he is a transgender man.
Marci Bowers is the first transgender woman to become a doctor who also performs surgeries. She is also known for performing Isis King’s surgery.
Laverne Cox is an LGBT advocate and actress who is best known for playing Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.”Laverne Cox has used her growing celebrity, to become an outspoken leader of the trans rights movement, addressing crowds of thousands at schools and other forums around the country.
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Carmen Carrera is a model and actress vaulted to reality TV fame after appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking Victoria’s Secret to make her the company’s first transgender “Angel.”