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Miss Universe 2018: All Eyes on Spain's Transgender Contestant Ahead of Announcement
News 18 ^ | 12/16/2018

Posted on 12/16/2018 9:48:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe's 66-year history.

Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain's Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe's 66-year history.

The willowy beauty is making history since the pageant reversed a longstanding policy in 2012 that participants must be "naturally born" women.

Explaining her broad appeal the plain-speaking 27-year-old says "who hasn't suffered from prejudice? Who hasn't had to deal with bullying?"

Outside the walls of Miss Universe -- whose finals will be held early Monday in Thailand's capital Bangkok -- the transgender community continues to be marginalised and misunderstood, with high rates of suicide.

A leaked White House report said President Trump's administration is considering pushing changes to the law to define gender by biological traits at birth, while trying to block transgender people from military service.

Ponce is defiant about how to respond to Trump, a former owner of Miss Universe, and others who would try to box her in by physical traits.

"I always say: having a vagina didn't transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here," she told AFP, gesturing to her head.

She also took issue with the classification of trans people by large sections of society based on prejudice and narrow assessments of gender.

"Outsiders say what I can and cannot do, what I am and what I am not,'" Ponce said, noting, "No, I'm sorry. To be a woman is your identity. It doesn't matter if you are white, black, if you have a vagina... if you have a penis."

Ponce, who works with a foundation in Spain helping children struggling with stigma linked to being trans, is aware of the visibility she brings to the Miss Universe platform.

Her performance has so far drawn praise, from her portrayal of a flamenco dancer during the national costume portion of the competition to her strut down the runway in a shimmery mermaid-like gown in the evening dress category.

"You can empower yourself like I have and turn something negative into your biggest strength," she said, adding, "Children are born without prejudices and I think that if we talk to them about diversity from a young age... we can create a new generation of human beings who are raised a lot better, more tolerant and respectful."

This year's event, which critics say is a throwback to stereotypes of the the pre #MeToo era, has largely preached a message of inclusivity. It boasts an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.

But gaffes still abound -- Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers got in hot water for appearing to mock the contestants from Vietnam and Cambodia on social media for not being able to speak English. She has since posted an apology on instagram, saying she did not "intend to hurt" her fellow competitors.

Monday's event will see last year's winner Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa crown her successor among 94 countries in a live televised event hosted by American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham.


TOPICS: Local News; Music/Entertainment; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: angelaponce; eussr; homosexualagenda; illness; missuniverse; sick; spain; transgender
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1 posted on 12/16/2018 9:48:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

ANGELA PONCE, FROM BOY TO GIRL


2 posted on 12/16/2018 9:50:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a pathetic joke, “all eyes on”, no one is watching this disgrace.


3 posted on 12/16/2018 9:50:40 AM PST by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!y)
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To: SeekAndFind

Middle name is Faggot (pronounced “fagg-OH”).


4 posted on 12/16/2018 9:51:02 AM PST by Jim 0216 (MAGA by restoring the Gospel of the Grace of Christ and our Free Constitutional Republic!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Need to start a new organization. “Not a woman”.

NAW!


5 posted on 12/16/2018 9:51:42 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SeekAndFind

An other bit of culture dead ...


6 posted on 12/16/2018 9:55:10 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

We are truly in the last days.


7 posted on 12/16/2018 9:55:34 AM PST by tuffydoodle (God's character and moral nature are absolute, eternal, and unchanging.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pathetic. How did Pres. Trump get shoe-horned into this article ?


8 posted on 12/16/2018 9:55:42 AM PST by stylin19a (2016 - Best.Election.Of.All.Times.Ever.In.The.History.Of.Ever)
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To: SeekAndFind

A deliberately mutilated dude.


9 posted on 12/16/2018 9:56:04 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: Reno89519

If ever there was a program to boycott, this should be it. Disgusting. People need to voice their displeasure at this crap by tuning in to something else.


10 posted on 12/16/2018 9:56:11 AM PST by FrdmLvr (They never thought she would lose.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The fix is already in.

Bet on it.


11 posted on 12/16/2018 9:56:25 AM PST by airborne (I don't always scream at the TV but when I do it's hockey season!)
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To: Beowulf9

:-)


12 posted on 12/16/2018 9:56:32 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone doubt that this freak will win? That the judges will dare to defy the liberal fascists?


13 posted on 12/16/2018 9:57:12 AM PST by IronJack
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To: stylin19a

Leftist, anti-God, propaganda article. Up is down, right is wrong, etc, etc.


14 posted on 12/16/2018 9:57:29 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: SeekAndFind

“Carrying a bold message of inclusion,..”

Shoddy journalism. Its spelled “delusion”.


15 posted on 12/16/2018 9:58:08 AM PST by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: SeekAndFind
Let's give young women a chance at fame and fortune by picking a male. /s

16 posted on 12/16/2018 9:58:34 AM PST by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Everywhere is freaks and hairies,dykes and fairies...tell me where is sanity?
17 posted on 12/16/2018 9:58:58 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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To: SeekAndFind

I feel sad for any man who thinks he can be better at being a woman than a woman can. Yes, he is a master of makeup and a whiz with a curling iron. But has that got anything to do with "being a woman"? Absolutely not. And it is insulting to think so. This is repugnant.


18 posted on 12/16/2018 9:59:24 AM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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Outside the walls of Miss Universe — whose finals will be held early Monday in Thailand’s capital Bangkok
The Kathoey capital of this present evil world. No surprise the emphasis on hyping “Angela”.
19 posted on 12/16/2018 10:01:01 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: SeekAndFind

I see “ahead of announcement “, I read “ahead of abomination”


20 posted on 12/16/2018 10:01:37 AM PST by SMGFan
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