WATCH: PH bet Beatrice Gomez talks LGBTQ community, beginnings in Miss Universe introduction video

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7)— Philippine bet Beatrice Gomez reflected on her humble beginnings and personal life — including being part of the LGBTQIA+ community — in her introduction video for the Miss Universe pageant slated this month.

In the short clip shared on the Miss Universe’s YouTube channel on Monday, the Cebuana beauty said she is “grateful” that Filipinos backed her bid to clinch the coveted crown.

“I’m very grateful that the Philippines is very supportive of sending an LGBTQ member to represent our country,” said Gomez, the first openly gay candidate to be named as Miss Universe Philippines.

“It’s a big deal because we are here to give positivity and be an inspiration especially to the young children who are looking up to us — that they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up,” she added.

Gomez also opened up about growing up in a household ran by a single parent — and how an athletics scholarship helped her along the way.

“My sister and I tried out for the volleyball varsity team, and we were able to get an athletics scholarship and that’s how we were able to go to a good school from high school to college,” Gomez continued. “Being a part of the volleyball varsity team is not just something that I take as an achievement, but it is something that really changed my life for the better, because I was able to help my mom in some way and I was able to make her proud."

Gomez is currently serving as a community development worker in her hometown in Cebu. She is also a member of the Philippine Navy Marines reserve force.

The beauty queen hopes to bring home the country’s fifth Miss Universe crown when she competes in the pageant in Israel on Dec. 12 (Dec. 13, Philippine time).