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Divine Lee, LGBTQIA+ advocates school Kevin Balot on transwomen joining traditional beauty pageants

Balot was once an ambassador for the trans community in their fight for inclusion and acceptance. However, it changed when she commented about transwomen competing in beauty pageants during an interview. 

Divine Lee and other LGBTQIA+ advocates schooled Miss International Queen 2012 Kevin Balot for her recent remarks about transwomen joining traditional beauty pageants.

The now-deleted tweet reads, “yung trans advocate natin nag organize ng sariling pageant for trans haha. Tapos super push kayo ng trans woman para sa pageant ng cis women kasi feeling niyo na ssegregate tayo? tapos mag oorganize kayo now ng pageant for trans? ano ba talaga! Hahaha.”

As a result, LGBTQIA+ advocates responded to her comments. 

Jake Galvez first called out Balot’s post of celebrating Pride Month, noting the severity of her comments.

It led to model, entrepreneur, blogger, and television host Divine Lee retweeting Galvez’s post. And, Balot responded, “Eh ano maririnig ko sa inyo? Ipapahiya niyo na naman ako? Kayo na lang magaling? Kayo laging matalino? Ako wala?”

As a result, Lee schooled Balot that she shouldn’t monetize a cause she does not believe in.

Galvez then reacted to Balot’s tweet, recounting how the beauty queen often plays the victim card despite their efforts.

DeeDee Holiday also responded to the tweet with a screenshot, educating how Balot’s comments have been used as a weapon against the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Paulo Castro responded, noting what transwomen are fighting for and why trans pageants exist.

PBB Alumnus Justin Dizon tweeted that transwomen are women, and transmen are men while calling out transphobic people.

Rod Singh also reacted to the tweet, calling out the beauty queen for deleting her post and reminding Balot that her comments have jeopardized the trans community.

In 2018, Miss Spain Angela Ponce made history as the first transwoman to compete in the 66th edition of Miss Universe pageant. Recently, Kataluna Enriquez made history as a trans woman when she won the Miss Silver State USA beauty pageant in Nevada.

According to a survey published in 2020, internalized transphobia can be determined through four aspects: one’s pride in their trans identity, investment in passing as a cisgender person, alienation from other trans people, and shame.



Balot was once an ambassador for the trans community in their fight for inclusion and acceptance. However, it changed when she commented about transwomen competing in beauty pageants during an interview. 

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