Catriona Gray bats for approval of gender equality bill | Inquirer News
in the wake of trans woman's comfort room issue

Catriona Gray bats for approval of gender equality bill

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 09:35 AM August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray said it is high time to pass the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill, after a transgender woman was accosted and prevented from using  a women’s comfort room in a Quezon City mall.

“Last night’s incident involving a transgender woman being prohibited from using the woman’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,” Gray wrote Thursday over an Instagram photo of a rainbow flag.


Gretchen Diez, 28, was arrested for unjust vexation after she documented how she was denied entry by a janitress from entering a women’s comfort room.


READ: Transgender woman in women’s comfort room causes stir in QC mall 

Diez, however, was released the same day after the janitress apologized and decided against pressing charges.

Gray pointed out that the incident happened in a place where there is an existing anti-discrimination ordinance.

“LGBTQ+ rights are HUMAN rights – mga karapatang pangkaligtasan at kalayaan mula sa diskriminasyon, karahasan at pagmamalupit batay sa pagkakakilanlan,” Gray said.

“The incident happened in a city that has an existing anti-discrimination bill. Ibig sabihin, walang saysay ang isang bill na hindi maipatupad sa isang komunidad,” she added.

Quezon City has a Gender Fair Ordinance which prohibits any form of discrimination against  any person on the basis of sexual orientation.


READ: Belmonte orders QC businesses to comply with Gender Fair Ordinance 

The beauty queen further stressed that Diez should not be blamed.

Gray said: “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 has been a staunch ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community and was even criticized for supposedly compromising her faith.

“Religion is never an excuse to hate, put down or act indifferent to the suffering of others. I believe God is love, and I will treat everyone – no matter who they are, to the best of my ability, with love,” Gray previously said. /gsg

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READ: Catriona Gray believes religion shouldn’t be an excuse to hate others 

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