Wyn Marquez clarifies remark on transwomen pageant contestants

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) - Beauty queen Teresita "Winwyn" Marquez clarified her stand on the LGBT community after her controversial remark on transgender pageant contestants made rounds on the internet.

Marquez became the subject of netizens' talk this week as she was quoted as saying that the Miss Universe crown should be given to 'natural-born women.'

Marquez made the statement as a reaction to the news that a transwoman contestant will represent Spain in the Miss Universe pageant this year. The said interview for Glitz.ph was posted by blogger MJ De Leon on YouTube.

In the interview, Marquez revealed she has 'nothing against transgender,' but would like for the Miss Universe crown to be given to 'natural-born women,' and 'for transgenders to have their own prestigious pageants.'

After netizens slammed this remark, Marquez took to social media to give her response and clarification on the issue.

"'Wag lang po sana hanggang headline lang tayo," the actress-turned-beauty queen wrote on her Twitter page Friday.

"I said I would prefer that Miss U(universe) would have natural-born women, but I will support (Miss Spain) Angela (Ponce) and the Miss U(universe) organization in any endeavor they choose to commit themselves to."

"If pasasalihin talaga (if they will really allow it) then I have no problem with it and we all have to accept and respect 'yung (the) decision, kahit iba ang opinion ko (even though I have a different opinion)."

"I am proud of the LGBTQ movement and how far they've come," added Marquez, who won the 2017 Reina Hispanoamericana pageant. "It's good to have discussions on this topic, and I encourage more people to come out with their opinions whether pro or against."

 

In 2012, a transwoman contestant from Canada, Jenna Talackova, was initially disqualified from the Miss Universe contest as she was not a 'naturally born female.' The organization later reversed the decision when she threatened to take the case to courts.