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Peer groups stand behind bullied Philippines transgender beauty queen

‘Queen of Queens’ Francine Garcia caught in a smear campaign after photographs purportedly showing her in the buff go viral.

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17th August 2013 03:32

Alessia Valenza

Four Philippine gay rights organizations have thrown their collective weight behind a transgender celebrity who won a coveted beauty pageant last month only to become the victim of a raging cyber smear campaign.

The Association of Transgender Philippines, Gender and Development Advocates Filipinas, TransMan Pilipinas and Transpinay of Antipolo Organization have come out strongly in support of the beleaguered beauty queen, urging for respect for human rights and dignity.

Francine Garcia, a transgender bearing a striking resemblance to popular Philippine actor Kim Chiu, won the Super Sireyna Queen of Queens 2013, a popular pageant for transgenders, on July 27, beating seven other finalists.

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