When the news first broke in our quarters, the members of The Qrown Philippines were appalled. We are sickened by the blatant disregard of human rights of our LGBTQ+ sister Gretchen Diez by the janitress, and security personnel of Farmer’s Market.
Diez merely wanted to relieve herself from her personal needs in a female restroom at the mall. The janitress called Diez out for using female restroom to the point of dragging her towards the security office with the help of two mall security personnel.
Aside from these physical abuses, hurtful words were hurled against Diez. She was repeatedly addressed as “sir”. The janitress even reasoned, “may uten (penis/ male sex organ) pa din po kayo”.
These personnels repeatedly tried to confiscate Diez’s phone while she instinctively did a Facebook Live to seek help from friends and concerned netizens.
Alarmed by the situation, Bataan representative Geraldine Roman (a transgender, and a staunch supporter of gender equality) along with lawyers sent by Senator Risa Hontiveros swiftly joined Diez in a Quezon city police station.
Roman, in an interview, repeatedly mentioned Quezon city mayor Joy Belmonte. It is ironic for this incident to happen within a city with an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance — the strongest in the country.
What’s more appaling is that this happened in a mall that sits within a commercial complex that highlighted the LGBT agenda in their streetwalks and lanes. This is the same commercial complex that displayed LGBT centerpieces in their malls in celebration of Pride month.
It seems as if all this is just marketing ploy and lip service. More than rainbow-colored walk lanes, the commercial complex should educate their personnel down to the rank and file about respecting a person’s human rights, LGBT member or otherwise.
Otherwise, the colorful displays are just that empty collaterals that commercializes rhe LGBT agenda.