- A transgender woman was stopped from using the ladies’ comfort room
- A janitress reportedly dragged Gretchen Custodio Diez to the security office
- However, Diez was set free after the mall management dropped the case
A transgender woman was detained by police after being discriminated for using the ladies’ comfort room in a Quezon City mall.
KAMI learned that Gretchen Custodio Diez had an argument with a janitress of the mall who insisted that Diez should use the men’s comfort room instead.
"Sabi niya sa'kin, 'Ma'am, huwag po kayo diyan, sa lalaki po kayo,'" Diez said, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
"'Ito nagsi-CR ito sa babae, gustong mag-CR sa babae.' Sinisigaw po niya doon," she added.
"Tas tinapik po niya 'yung cellphone ko 3 beses. Sabi po niya sakin, 'Ansarap sampalin ng mukha mo, bakla ka kasi,'" Diez continued.
Diez took a live video while waiting for the police at the security office of the mall. She was asked to stop recording. However, Diez explained that she was alone and she needed proof that she was being discriminated.
“Nag-start na akong mag-live dun sa security office nila kasi po parang pinagtutulungan na po nila ako," Diez said.
“Wala po akong kasama, feeling ko walang maniniwala sakin lalo na po sa mga discrimination. Kaya po nag-live ako para sana may makatulong,” she added.
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Diez will file a case against the mall management for violating a 2014 city ordinance that prohibits business establishment to discriminate based on their gender identity, orientation, and expression.
"I will still fight for what is right 'yung violation against sa city ordinance sa Quezon City. Papatunayan natin sa lahat na may pangil ang batas na may karapatan po tayo na gamitin at magkaroon ng access sa pampublikong lugar," Diez said.
As reported by Rappler, janitress Chayra Ganal has written an apology letter to Diez.
"Nawa'y sa paghingi ko ng tawad may pagbigyan niya ako. Tao lang po ako...Willing po akong pag-aralan ang mga karapatan ng LGBT,” it read.
A few hours after, Diez was set free after the Farmer’s Market management dropped the case against Diez.
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