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Catriona Gray Call on Lawmakers to Approve the LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bill

CATRIONA GRAY – Filipina-Australian beauty queen Catriona Gray called on lawmakers to approve LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination bill.

Reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray was recently invited to become one of the judges of their national pageant. She got to meet again her rival Tamaryn Green and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

In a report, she shared several photos of her African Safari experience. She took a selfie with a baby rhino and took the opportunity to promote the Rhino orphanage.

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Recently, Catriona Gray shared a photo of her holding the rainbow flag for Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBT) on her Instagram account. The Bicolana beauty queen showed support to the discriminated trans woman in Quezon City mall on Tuesday, August 13.

Several famous celebrities have spoken up after the incident at the mall’s ladies toilet. Among them are Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Vice Ganda, Bianca Gonzalez, and Heart Evangelista among others.

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Catriona Gray is among the personalities who call for the implementation of the SOGIE Equality Bill. She asked why the transgender woman, Gretchen Custodio Diez, was still discriminated considering the city already has an existing Anti-discrimination bill.

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On the post, she also wrote her two requests for the community and called on lawmakers to approve the SOGIE Bill that protects the LBGTQ members. Senator Risa Hontiveros re-filled the bill last month.

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

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Last night's incident involving a transgender woman being prohibited from using the womans washroom and resulting in being escorted off premises in handcuffs by local police only highlights further, the Philippines need for implementation of the #SOGIEEqualityBill. LGBTQ+ rights are HUMAN rights – mga karapatang pangkaligtasan at kalayaan mula sa diskriminasyon, karahasan at pagmamalupit batay sa pagkakakilanlan. 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. Kasabay ng hinihinging pagpasa ng #SOGIEEQUALITYBILL, dapat din tayong humiling ng mga sumusunod bilang isang komunidad: 1. "Accessible forms of information for the public such as educational drives, programs and awareness campaigns": para mas maintindihan natin ang mga pangangailangan ng LGBTQ+ community at para malaman natin ang mga bagay na maaari pa nating magawa bilang mga kaalyado o mga taong may awa sa kapwa ❤. 2. "A SOGIE workplace policy": para sa lahat ng mga pampublikong tagapaglingkod at mga taong may impluwensiya sa komunidad. Gusto ko ring pagtuunan natin ng pansin ang katotohanang wala dapat makaranas ng anumang uri ng pagpapahiya at pang-aabuso (emotional, physical o sexual), LGBTQ+ man o hindi. The whole arguement of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse – is still victim blaming and IS NOT RIGHT. The blame should be on the perpetrators who should be held accountable and corrective actions should be taken (in last nights case – points one and two above could greatly help prevent future similar incidents from happening). Ang LGBTQ + ay nakikipaglaban para sa kanilang mga karapatan – ang karapatan sa kaligtasan, proteksyon at pagkakapantay-pantay – ay laban din natin. 🏳‍🌈 #SOGIEEqualityNow

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Several netizens slam Catriona’s appeal to the lawmaker while some praise her for defending the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some of their comments on the post:

@abelroc: “Thank you so much Catriona for showing care and visibility to us LGBT+ community!”

@renargon: “A trans male going to a female bathroom that’s no no. Specially if my daughter is using that bathroom”

@sogailicious: “Catriona, please stop. We supported you to be miss universe because of your advocacy but please not this.”

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