QC to summon 'Pride Council' after harassment of trans woman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2019 12:12 PM

MANILA — The Quezon City Pride Council is set to convene Friday following the controversial harassment and detention of a transgender woman who asserted her right to use the ladies' toilet at a Cubao mall.

On Tuesday, trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez was forcibly pulled out from the ladies' comfort room by a Farmers Plaza mall janitress. She was charged with unjust vexation for recording the harassment and was taken to the QC Police District 7 before being released.

According to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, the meeting with Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC) will discuss ways on how to avoid similar attacks against LGBTQ+ members.

"Makasisiguro kayo na lalo pa nating paiigtingin at pagbubutihin ang pagpapatupad ng Gender Fair Ordinance para hindi na maulit ang diskriminasyon na naranasan ni Gretchen Diez," said Belmonte.

Created in 2013, QCPC was tasked to perform oversight functions over the implementation of gender-based policies and programs in Quezon City.

Aside from the establishment of gender-neutral toilets, the meeting will tackle other ways to ensure that the rights of LGBTQ+ are respected, including gender sensitivity training workshops for private offices and establishments.

"Mahalagang ituro ang tungkol sa sexual orientation, at gender identity and expression (SOGIE) para maiwasan ang diskriminasyon," said Belmonte.

(It's important to teach people about sexual orientation to avoid discrimination.)

Lawmakers and local officials have already denounced the apparent discrimination against Daez.