Bataan Congresswoman Roman comes to the rescue of transwoman Gretchen Diez
Despite not being her bulwark, Bataan first district representative Geraldine Roman would not let this issue pass.
Recently at Farmers Plaza in Quezon City, Gretchen Diez, a transgender woman, was prohibited from using the public female restroom, dragged to the security area of the establishment, and escorted to Camp Karingal with her hands handcuffed. Gretchen was able to document the whole ordeal and share it on social media—easily gaining traction and opening the discussion and legal implications of discriminating against the LGBTQIA+ community in the Philippines. Congresswoman Roman was one of the first lawmakers to come to Diez’ aid as she went immediately to Camp Karingal to show support.
“I have all the intention in the world to file a resolution for an investigation in aid of legislation into this incident,” Congresswoman Roman said in a media interview.
“The LGBT community might be a minority but they are still Filipinos whose rights have to be protected and we as members of Congress have to stand up for equality,” she added further.
This incident opened a longstanding issue of whether or not the transgender community should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice. Naturally, this case sparked varying opinions from different sectors and backgrounds online.
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