AUGUST 15, 2019 – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray called for the passage of the sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) bill on Thursday, saying the rights of the LGBTQ+ community are human rights.
In her Instagram post, Gray condemned the discrimination incident against transwoman Gretchen Custodio Diez who was apprehended and barred from using the ladies’ restroom at Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City.
“[The] incident involving a transgender woman being prohibited from using the women’s washroom and resulting in being escorted off premises in handcuffs by local police only highlights further, the Philippines need for implementation of the #SOGIEEqualityBill,” said Gray, a known supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.
“LGBTQ+ rights are HUMAN rights – mga karapatang pangkaligtasan at kalayaan mula sa diskriminasyon, karahasan at pagmamalupit batay sa pagkakakilanlan,” she further said.
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Diez’s sparked renewed calls for the immediate passage of the SOGIE measure authored by Senator Risa Hontiveros, since it happened despite the existing Gender Fair Ordinance in Quezon City that penalizes discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
The mall management already apologized and vowed to take appropriate action.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, meanwhile, promised to prevent another discrimination incident from happening again in the future.
“Ito ay eye-opener sa amin sa pamahalaan, I was the vice mayor before, hindi ako ‘yung implementing department, pero ngayong ako ang head ng executive department pwede na talaga nating isulong ang batas na ito sa ating mga establisyimento,” Belmonte said in an interview with Radyo Singko’s Early All Ready.
“Because it was so sensitive hindi masyadong mapangil ang batas with regards to the penalties. I think now, pwede nang lagyan pa ng ngipin for example sa hindi pagpapatupad ng gender neutral bathrooms,” she added. (Karen Macalalad/ AAD)