The study confirms what many have already known anecdotally: “Coming out works as a strategy for changing minds" on LGBTQ rights.
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Miss Spain, 27-year-old Angela Ponce, broke barriers in the 66-year-old competition, which this year was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The ruling comes amid a renewed public push to review Singapore's colonial-era law under which gay sex carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.
This year’s pageant, themed, "Empowered Women," saw Spain’s Angela Ponce, 27, become the first transgender competitor in the history of the contest.
Despite the end of gay marriage bans in the U.S., some are still suffering from "yesterday’s discrimination,” according to LGBTQ-rights group Lambda Legal.