With the headline-grabbing win of controversial mayor Rodrigo Duterte this week, you'd be forgiven for missing this massive news coming from the northern province of Bataan in the Philippines.
Geraldine Roman has been elected to the national congress, becoming the country's first transgender politician at a national level. As of Wednesday she had a total 104,603 votes, 40,000 more than her nearest rival.
Roman is part of an influential family - her seat was previously held by her mother - and has been living as a woman for 20 years, according to Reuters.
"The ideal situation is where gender is not an issue and we can focus on the platform, the agenda and the personality and the character of each candidate," Roman said during a march in her home town, "That's what is important, not the gender really."
The Philippines is one of the most LGBTQI friendly countries in Asia, with 73 per cent of the country agreeing with the sentiment that society should accept homosexuality, according to Pew Research.