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Get to Know 2013 Dorothy Host Jocelyn Maminta!Published Feb 12, 2013
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We are excited to welcome News 8's Jocelyn Maminta as the host of this year's Dorothy Awards! She is currently the station's health and medical reporter.
For those who don't know Jocelyn, read on! You'll see why we're honored to have her as this year's host.
What do you like best about the New Haven area?
I love the diversity of the people, the tree lined neighborhoods, the arts and culture it offers, and the fabulous restaurants.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us!
I was born in the Philippines and I am very proud to be a naturalized American citizen.
Tell us about Frangi Pangi!
I created Frangi Pangi - fine hosiery for that bare leg look - because I could not find pantyhose to match my skintone. It took me three years to develop 10 skintones for women and men of all colours as well as finding a company in the USA to manufacture it. Frangi Pangi is derived from a colorful flower - a perfect name for the hosiery brand. The colors have exotic names such as Lychee, Guava, Caramella, Sumatra, Fava and Cacao. It also has a four wear guarantee.
Some of the profits benefits the family's foundation, Caroline's Room. It is a safehaven for families dealing with the uncertainties of having a baby born premature. We have Caroline's Rooms in hospitals located in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia and Texas.
Jocelyn, what does the LGBT community mean to you?
Members of the LGBT community have enriched my life and society as a whole. They've contributed to so many areas from business to politics. I cannot think one facet of society that has not been positively touched by its members.
In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing the LGBT community today?
I think the most important issues are marriage and continued erosion of prejudice. How perfect would the world be if we could celebrate someone's accomplishments without having to emphasize that they are part of the gay community?
You are involved in many charities and non-profit organizations; why is giving back to the community so important to you?
I generally don't think about why. I give back because it's part of who I am. The world is a better place when we take care of others as well as ourselves.
What can we look forward to from you on March 2 at the Dorothy Awards?
I'll be me - happy to be there and celebrating all the accomplishments of the honorees!