For more than four decades, the “Queen of the Universe” pageant has showcased the
beauty, diversity, talent and intelligence of transgender women. The “Queen of the
Universe” pageant serves as a venue for the LGBT community, their allies, and the
mainstream community to join together to understand the life, challenges and struggles
that transgender people face and to celebrate the triumphs and victories of this strong and
For the candidates, the pageant provides many benefits. It serves to boost their
confidence, self-esteem and self worth. Transgenders are oftentimes rejected,
marginalized and alienated in our society. A recent study concluded that a staggering
41% of transgender people attempted suicide in their life. It is crucial, that these
beautiful and wonderful transgender women be reminded of their true worth and dignity
as human beings. Many previous contestants and winners have gone on to pursue careers
in art, entertainment, business, healthcare and the law.
The pageant forges bonds and unity in a divided community. Through the pageants,
lifelong friendships are formed, young transgenders find mentors and find support from a
family where they are accepted and appreciated.
The pageant serves as a platform where we can bring to light our advocacies. For a
community that is often neglected, the pageant serves as a means to deliver our message
to the public–that we may be different but deserving of equal rights and the dignity
afforded to all humans.
A portion of the proceeds derived from the pageant will benefit THE AIDS FOOD
STORE AT CHRIST CHAPEL OF LONG BEACH. Christ Chapel of Long Beach
has made a covenant with God and humanity that no person living with AIDS shall
go hungry, nor will they be left without care. Christ Chapel has been able to keep
that commitment because of organizations like the Queen of the Universe, which has
maintained their commitment to its mission.