Why Fil-Am transgender model revealed the truth

Posted at 05/19/14 12:13 AM

MANILA -- Geena Rocero, a Filipino-American fashion model and activist, made waves when she came out as a transgender last month to help individuals such as her to freely and legally define their sexual identities.

She made her revelation while speaking in front of an audience at a TED conference. TED is a non-profit group devoted to spreading ideas usually through short, powerful talks.

On Sunday's episode of "Rated K," Rocero, who is now in the Philippines, explained that she risked everything, including her job, when she decided to reveal her secret.

"Ni-risk ko lahat, yung trabaho ko, lagi akong nag-iisip na paano kung hindi nila ako matanggap? Anong mangyayari?"

Rocero added she decided to reveal the truth to help transgenders all over the world fight discrimination.

She also want the world to know that there are differences in being gay, bisexual and transgender, and to get rid of the misconception that all these are the same.

"We live in a culture na iba ang pagkakaintindi sa gay, transgender, bisexual. Marami pang pagdadaanan ang kultura natin, especially sa Pilipinas, bago maintindihan na may pagkakaiba kapag sinabi mong gay, na tinatawag nating bakla, at transgender, o transgender woman, kagaya ko. These are two different things. Palaging may misconception. I am not bakla, I am a proud transgender woman."

Rocero also said that being a transgender woman is difficult, but being true to herself made it all worth it. -- Rated K, ABS-CBN, May 18, 2014