Venezuelan woman takes home crown at world transgender pageant

Published: November 10, 2014

Nick Duffy
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Isabella Santiago beat contestants from 18 other countries at the Miss International Queen festival in Thailand, securing the $12,500 in prize money.

The win comes despite a total lack of gender recognition for trans people in Venezuela – with an alarming number ostracised or forced into the sex trade.

Venezuela also does not have hate crime laws to protect people from transphobic violence.

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