Bea Gomez's reign as Miss Universe Philippines may be concluding in a couple of days, but her legacy will undoubtedly live on. The beauty queen bust the door open right from the get-go as an openly queer candidate all the way back in Binibining Cebu 2020.
Fast forward to today, and Bea still rightly wears her sexuality on her sleeve (right next to her signature tattoo, if we might add). She's previously opened up about how she faced discrimination for being bisexual, but none of it has kept her career from flourishing. Preview recently got to catch up with the Cebuana, and her belief that being queer is no hindrance is as unshakeable as ever.
"Having a different preference than others, hindi naman talaga sya basehan ng pagkatao mo. What's more important [are] your values. I think people should look at values, not preferences," she says, when asked about the homophobic remarks people have made about her. The 27-year-old realizes that most disputes comes from misunderstandings of how people choose to live their lives, in terms of who they are and who they choose to love.
She goes on to state, "Nakakalimutan natin na nakakaisa tayo when we have aligned values. I think yun yung dapat tutukan ng mga tao, hindi yung preference natin. In general, hindi lang sa pagiging LGBTQIA+ member, but in all aspects."
In a way, Bea is a trailblazer. Many will look back on her victory as a benchmark of queer visibility in the local pageant scene. She implores anyone who also identifies themselves under the community to confidently strut towards the crowns they dream of.
"You know, I paved the way, and I hope that you [LGBTQIA+ members] were inspired by the actions that I did, and I hope that you want to aspire to inspire others as well. So, I'm encouraging you to keep doing what you're doing, not just in pageantry, but in any field."
What a reign, Bea! We're looking forward to seeing you pass the crown to your successor on April 30!
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