Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday condemned the discrimination of a transwoman for using a female restroom inside a mall in Cubao.
According to reports, the victim identified as Gretchen Custodio Diez was prevented from using the restroom for women by a janitress who insisted that she use the men’s restroom instead. The transwoman then recorded the incident through Facebook live wherein she can be seen being held by the janitress.
In a statement, Belmonte addressed that the mall violated the city’s Gender Fair Ordinance for its failure to put up all-gender toilets for the LGBT+ community.
“Malinaw na hindi sumusunod ang Farmers Mall sa nasabing ordinansa kung saan lahat ng government offices, private, at commercial establishments ay dapat magtalaga ng “All-Gender Toilets” para sa lahat (Section 5: Affirmative Acts, 1 Affirmative Acts in Employment, Part D),” the QC Mayor said in her post.
Belmonte then assured the members of the LGBT community that QC will “always protect their rights” and “be a home for their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.”
“We assure the members of the LGBT+ community that Quezon City will always protect their rights and be a home for their sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression,” she said.
“We do not support any kind of violence and discrimination in our city. Sa ating LGBT+ community, protektado ang karapatan ninyo sa QC.”