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Risa Hontiveros Condemns Discrimination Of Transgender Woman In QC Mall

RISA HONTIVEROS – Senator Risa Hontiveros condemned the alleged harassment of the transgender woman in women’s comfort room in Quezon City mall.

Following a previous article, a transgender woman named Gretchen Custodio Diez filed a complaint against the mall employee who disallowed her from using the ladies toilet. She documented the incident after because she felt she was being ‘harassed’ by employees.

The 28-year-old trans woman was handcuffed an brought to the police station in Quezon City.

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The trans woman’s video in her Facebook account elicited reactions from the online community including senator Risa Hontiveros. She is the voice of the LGBTQ people in the Philippine government. She files a bill that seeks equality and protection to the community.

Hontiveros took to the social media to share an update about the situation of the allegedly harassed trans woman.

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Risa Hontiveros said the incident in the mall is unacceptable considering there is already a city ordinance that ends discrimination against LGBT people.

The 53-year-old senator Tweeted that Gretchen has associated with a lawyer from her office to file their formal complaint against the mall personnel.

“THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! A lawyer from my office is w/ Gretchen now. She has my full support. I am extending whatever help she would need to seek justice.”

“She is being harassed for living her truth. Discrimination against transgender people has to STOP!” she added.

Photo Source: @risahontiveros Twitter

Risa Honteveros’ Tweet gathered various reactions from the netizens. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@Bobong_Marcos: “Wala man lang hakbang sa ginawang discrimination. Akala ko ba they support lgbtq?nakakaloka!”

@LittleRascal_12: “I hope i don’t get bashed for this, pero paano nga malalaman kung lalaki talaga, tapos nag-damit babae lang. Oh, the things men would do.”

@SimplyNicnax: “Thank you, Senator! I believe that the people who mistreated her are just ignorant about the rights of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. This should be a wake up call that the Filipino people needs education about acceptance.”

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