‘The Voice’ Makes History With Its First Trans Contestant
One thing about The Voice that’s different than some of the other shows is its spirit of inclusivity. The Voice has won GLAAD awards for its putting LGBTQ artists in the spotlight. Who can forget Chris Weaver last season coming back for the finale to perform as his drag persona Nedra Belle. The Voice has done it again by featuring their first trans contestant, Angel Bonilla who ended up on team Adam.
Angel is a transwoman from the Philippines who came to America to make it as a singer. She explained her struggle,
“As early as 5 years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father. When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me. I promised him that I will do great things. I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.”
Representation matters and to any trans singers out there who think they could never gain a platform as big as The Voice see someone like Angel rise to prominence, they know they can do it too. I hope that The Voice gets another GLAAD award for this because it is a risk. There is a big percentage of people out there that don’t cotton to the LGBTQ community. The Voice must think it’s important enough of an issue to risk alienating viewers.