The Voice made history this week after it introduced its first-ever transgender contestant, Angel Bonilla. The singing reality competition has a meaningful track record – it featured a number of openly gay contestants. It has been nominated twice for Outstanding Reality Program at the GLAAD Media Awards, a ceremony bestowed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation that recognizes and honors various branches of media for their outstanding representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.
After her powerful rendition of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down, Angel explained that she was born as Carlos back in the Philippines. Ever since she was a child, she already knows what she wants.
As early as 5 years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body.
Born in a conservative family, it was not an easy transition for Angel. Her father was apprehensive about her gender identity and she had difficulties growing up. However, her father embraced her for who she is, even if at first, he was a bit confused. Angel is determined to do great things to honor him.
Not a Stranger to Singing Contests
Angel is not a stranger to singing competitions. She previously appeared in “The X Factor” and also won second place in the 2016 Discovery International Pop Song Festival.
Marron5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine made a historic turn when he welcomed Angel to his team. Not only will she bring honor to the Philippines but also to the whole LGBT community.
The last Filipino to participate in the show was 16-year-old Filipino-American Anatalia Villaranda who impressed celebrity judges with her own take on Bruno Mar’s Runaway Baby, which made all four judges turn and fight for her to be a part of their team.
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Let’s watch and support Angel’s The Voice journey. We are proud of you!