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Transgender woman disallowed from CR for females, detained

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A transgender woman was not allowed to use the comfort room for females of a mall in Quezon City on Tuesday, according to a report on GMA News' Saksi.

Gretchen Custodio Diez related that the janitress led her out of the comfort room and told her to use the rest room for males.

She left but returned to talk to the janitress and proceeded to do a video recording of the exchange.

A lady guard then handcuffed Diez and brought her to the police station.

The staff members, reportedly, were distressed that Diez took a video without their permission.

A few minutes after midnight, Diez told reporters mall staff members have dropped the charges against her.



Bataan Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, a transgender woman, went to the police station where Diez was detained.

Roman condemned the incident.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, in a statement, said the discrimination against transgender people is unacceptable.

In a post on her social media account, Hontiveros said, "THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! A lawyer from my office is w/ Gretchen now. She has my full support. I am extending whatever help she would need to seek justice. "

"She is being harassed for living her truth. Discrimination against transgender people has to STOP!" she added.

Hontiveros took a swing at people who say that the Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Equality or SOGIE Equality Law is not needed in the country because Filipinos welcome members of the LGBT group.

"A trans woman has just been humiliated in a mall restroom in Cubao. Pinosasan at dinala sa Karingal! LGBT persons face harassment & discrimination every day. This must stop!," she said. — BAP, GMA News

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