A transgender woman will compete in a Puerto Rico pageant for the first time


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A transgender woman has for the first time been chosen to take part in the Puerto Rico Miss Universe contest held in the largely conservative U.S. territory.

Daniela Arroyo González, who’s greatest identified for profitable a federal lawsuit towards Puerto Rico’s authorities that enables folks to vary their gender on their delivery certificates, was chosen Thursday. It was her second try.

In the April 2018 ruling, U.S. District Courtroom Choose Carmen Consuelo wrote that Arroyo and others who introduced the lawsuit “have stepped up for these whose voices, debilitated by uncooked discrimination, have been hushed into silence. They can’t wait for one other technology, hoping for a lawmaker to behave.”

Arroyo additionally cofounded the Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition, a help and networking group.

Arroyo will compete with different candidates representing the island’s 78 municipalities for the Miss Universe Puerto Rico title.

The Miss Universe pageant has allowed transgender participation since 2012, with the first transgender woman competing in the international occasion in 2018.

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