PH’s first transgender solon to speak in New York

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NEW YORK CITY– Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first transgender politician to be elected in the Philippines, will deliver a keynote address at Asia Society’s Diversity Leadership Forum on June 10, the organization announced. The Forum is a two-day conference on best practices in global diversity and leadership.

In May the 49-year-year-old Roman won a seat in the House of Representatives, in victory seen as a breakthrough for LGBT community in a traditionally Catholic country that is considered conservative, and where divorce, same-sex marriage and abortion are still illegal.

Roman, a former journalist who speaks five languages and holds two master’s degrees, says she will champion equal opportunities under broader a platform.

Roman joins speakers like Tracy Doi, CFO of Toyota Motor Sales, USA; Royanne Doi, chief ethics officer, Prudential; Jeff Yang, columnist and SVP at The Futures Company; and S. Shariq Yosufzai, vice president, Global Diversity, Chevron.