Malls should provide toilets that are gender-neutral, lawmaker says


A gender-neutral bathroom, a lawmaker said Friday, would assist avoid members of the LGBTQ community from running into “unnecessary hazards.

” Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman said she opens herself up to unnecessary hazards by a transgender woman using a men’s bathroom.Trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez, 28, was prevented from using a female comfort room in Quezon City’s mall by a concierge.

She was arrested after an unjust vexation complaint was lodged against her by the mall’s management for going live on Facebook as the event unfolded.

She was published later and, in turn, lodged a complaint against the shopping mall for breaching the town order.Farmers Plaza management at Araneta Center Cubao apologized on Wednesday to Diez and the LGBTQ community.

Roman also rejected the incident as “out of this globe” to reiterate the need to push for the enactment of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill.Nevertheless, the legislator said it is still essential to pass the SOGIE Equality Bill, which in the last Congress received overwhelming assistance in the lower house.

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