Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on Thursday expressed her dismay over the recent issues of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in which she strongly urged the public to render their support on the passage of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.
On Instagram, Catriona spoke about the recent issue of transgender woman Gretchen Diez wherein she was banned from using a female restroom in a mall in Quezon City, stating that it was a clear violation on the city’s ordinance against gender discrimination.
“Last night’s incident involving a transgender woman being prohibited from using the women’s washroom and resulting in being escorted off-premises in handcuffs by local police only highlights further, the Philippines need for implementation of the #SOGIEEqualityBill,” the beauty queen said in her post.
“The whole argument of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse – is still victim blaming and IS NOT RIGHT,” Gray added.
“Ang LGBTQ + ay nakikipaglaban para sa kanilang mga karapatan – ang karapatan sa kaligtasan, proteksyon at pagkakapantay-pantay – ay laban din natin.”
Catriona has been a known advocate of gender equality ever since. She has been promoting Pride Month, an international event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and has been spreading messages of love and support on her online platforms for the said community.