This 17 year old beauty pageant contestant just answered the most heteronormative question with such ease and is being praised for her honesty. When the hosts asked Maria Izobel Taguiam, 17, if she has a boyfriend, she answered , “Yes but not a boyfriend but a girlfriend,” Taguiam told the competition hosts, according to BuzzFeed.
“Because I believe love does not see gender and if you love someone, go for it.”
Host: Do you have a boyfriend?
Ms Tabogon: Yes, actually it's not a boyfriend, it's a girlfriend. #BinibiningCebu
— Kevin 🍂 (@kevinval05) October 28, 2017
Binibining Tabogon,,,,, you’re doing amazing sweetie https://t.co/7dvp5Apc22
— carl (@Carlculators) November 4, 2017
YES GIRL 🙌🌈 pic.twitter.com/lqisHGdQ2h
— #LoveWins 🏳️🌈 (@LGBTWinsPH) November 4, 2017
Since her answer, Taguiam has been inspiring people who love the way she handled such a heteronormative question. It’s very important for young people of the LGBTQIA community to have someone their age to look up to, to have someone own their identity on such a platform and not be afraid to be themselves.
The young pageant queen also said she wanted to be honest and “answer from the bottom of my heart.”
She added, “I’m just proud to have her. I just want to tell people it is indeed okay to love someone regardless of gender, She’s someone worth loving, she has a beautiful soul.”