Transgender solon seeks probe on alleged discrimination vs 'KaladKaren'


Posted at Aug 28 2018 05:48 PM

Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman and Jervi Li, also known as "Kaladkaren Davila." Composite

MANILA- Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman on Tuesday sought a legislative inquiry into the alleged discrimination that comedian Jervi Li, more popularly known as "Kaladkaren Davila," and her friends recently experienced at a Makati bar. 

Roman, the country's first transgender lawmaker, filed House Resolution No. 2094 which asks the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality to investigate the incident.

"There is no place for hate, inequality and discrimination in a just and civil Philippine society," Roman said in a Facebook post.

Li and her friends were allegedly barred from entering a bar in Makati City over the weekend because of their gender identity. 

"Maiintindihan ko kung hindi kami pinapasok dahil sa dress code nila...pero hindi kami pinapasok dahil sa kasarian namin, because of gender identity," Li told Umagan Kay Ganda in an interview Monday.

(I would have understood if they didn't allow us to enter because of the dress code but we weren't allowed to enter because of our gender identity.)