The Transpinay of Antipolo Organization (TAO) has announced the crowing of the Queen of Antipolo. Dimple Fortallejo bested other TAO competitors to win the first-ever such competition – a feat she considers as “my new greatest achievement in my life,” she said.
TAO is an Antipolo-based group established in 2006 by five transpinays – Kristine Madrigal, Alexis Garcia, Em Bayubay, Jersey Paceno and Shane Marie Madrigal – to help push for gender equality, particularly transgender issues, in the Philippines. It is largely composed of transpinays, though the organization also counts among its members other members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community.
In an earlier interview, TAO president Shane Marie Madrigal said that the winner of Queen of Antipolo 2013 is eyed not only to become the new face of the organization, but is also hoped “to become a role model to her fellow transpinays.”
The pageant’s winners will represent the city of Antipolo in the Queen of Rizal 2013, and will represent TAO and Antipolo city in a national pageant. The Queen of Antipolo 2013 received P20,000.00; the first princess, P15,000.00; and the second princess, P10,000.00.
More than feeling “happy and blessed for winning the crown (as the first Queen of Antipolo),” transpinay Dimple Fortallejo said that she recognizes that the title carries with it expectations and responsibilities. And so “I want to be a good example and serve as a good role model to… transgenders,” she said.
Fortallejo now enjoins others to “support all the projects of our organization, TAO, in fighting for the rights and issues of transgender Filipinos.”
“To all the members of the transgender community, just be what you are and continue dreaming,” she said, “so that in the end, the crown of success will be yours.”