Transgender congresswoman Geraldine Roman just proved even God loves the LGBT community.
The first transgender congresswoman representing the first district of Bataan spoke to TEAM magazine in its sixth issue, where she was asked by editor and publisher Paolo Lorenzana about her Catholic disposition despite facing discrimination from church leaders.
“I’m a Catholic and in my heart, I konw that what I’m fighting for is basically good. Catholic doctrine teaches us that we’re all important in the eyes of God and that is human dignity from a Catholic point of view,” Roman told TEAM.
Roman said regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, economic status, disability, or educational status, everyone deserves to have human rights as a human being, and civil rights as a citizen of the country.
“Whether you’re a person with a disability, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, lesbian or gay, intersex, whatever – it’s irrelevant. You are a human being and therefore you have human rights. You are a citizen of this country and therefore you have civil rights,” Roman said.
Asked if there was a time she doubted her Catholic faith, Roman said it is in God that she found solace growing up a transgender.
“Noong lumalaki ako (When I was growing up), I would seek solace inside the church. The discomfort when you’re growing up as a transgender child is great, so you try to find consolation. I found it in the church through prayer and discernment,” Roman said.
Roman said she grew up trained and taught by the Jesuitst that God loves her based on what’s in her heart, not on what’s outside.
“As I grew up, I was also being trained spiritually by the Jesuits. Their message was always that God loves you and God always looks inside your heart, not at your exterior circumstances,” Roman said.
“What is important is your essence. That was a clear message to me,” she added.