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Gretchen Diez on third restroom: LGBT persons need acceptance, not infrastructure

Transgender woman Gretchen Diez, who was prevented from using the ladies' room at a Quezon City mall earlier this week, does not agree with a lawmaker’s call for separate restrooms in commercial establishments for members of the LGBT community.

“It’s not about changing the establishment or the infrastructure. It’s about changing the mindset of the people,” Diez said.

“That is not what we need. We don’t need additional infrastructure. We need acceptance. We need understanding," she added.

1-PACMAN party-list Representative Eric Pineda’s has proposed that restrooms for the LGBT persons be put up to prevent a repeat of the discrimination experienced by Diez on Tuesday.

“I am for equality and I think that producing a third bathroom does not help in our fight against discrimination,” Diez said.

Diez said a third toilet after the ladies and men's rooms may even add to the discrimination against members of the LGBT community because it meant "separating them from men and women." —Margaret Claire Layug/NB, GMA News