Senators tackle additional comfort room for LGBTQ members

Senators tackle additional comfort room for LGBTQ members

- Recently, restrooms for LGBTQ members has been a hot topic on social media

- An additional comfort room for LGBTQ community is being discussed in the Senate

- However, some senators do not agree that transgender women should use the female restroom

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During a Senate session, the senators have discussed the controversial topic as to which restrooms the LGBTQ members are supposed to use.

KAMI learned that the senators are divided in allowing transgender women to use the ladies’ comfort room and in creating another a separate restroom for the LGBTQ members.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, Senator Risa Hontiveros urged her colleagues to pass the SOGIE bill after the incident that barred transgender woman Gretchen Diez from using the ladies’ comfort room.

"Ipasa na natin ang SOGIE Equality Bill, para kay Gretchen at sa lahat ng Filipino lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, intersex, queers at asexuals (LGBTQIA+) na matagal nang nakaposas," Hontiveros said.

Senator Cynthia Villar suggested that the comfort room designated for senior citizens and persons with disabilities could be used by the LGTBQ community to solve the issue for the meantime.

"Dapat gumawa na lang ng additional toilet... Di ba may toilet tayo para sa mga PWD (persons with disability), baka puwedeng 'yun na ang ipagamit para wala nang gulo,” Villar said.

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Meanwhile, Senator Ping Lacson that some people might abuse the regulation to allow transgender women to use the female restroom.

"I see a little danger here... What if a straight male person who is voyeuristic, would enter a female restroom and do his intention,” Lacson said.

Senator Bato dela Rosa also raised a concern that the straight people might be uncomfortable with this proposal.

"While kino-consider natin 'yung rights nu'ng LGBT, hindi lang LGBT ang tingnan natin. 'Yung straight din tingnan natin kung apektado sa ganu'ng batas. Dapat balance tayo," Dela Rosa said.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Diez got the support of some senators to pass the SOGIE bill immediately. The proposed measure aims to protect the LGBTQ community.

Gretchen Custodio Diez, a transgender woman, went viral on social media after she was prevented by a janitress to use the female restroom in a mall.

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