Es­tab­lish­ments urged to put up gen­der-sen­si­tive re­strooms

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A PO­LICE of­fi­cial urged on Thurs­day, Au­gust 15, all es­tab­lish­ments and gov­ern­ment of­fices to put up a gen­der-sen­si­tive com­fort room to pro­mote equal­ity among its clients.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Den­nis Siervo, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Hu­man Rights Af­fairs Of­fice (HRAO) chief, said they have des­ig­nated a gen­der-sen­si­tive com­fort room in their of­fice in Camp Crame in Que­zon City.

The of­fice has three com­fort rooms - one for male, an­other for fe­male and a third with the signage “Gen­der Sen­si­tive Com­fort Room, LGBT (Les­bian, Gay, Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der) or Guests.”

“May gen­der-sen­si­tive CR na ba kayo? I en­cour­age ev­ery­one, from the pri­vate sec­tors to all gov­ern­ment of­fices, to put up re­strooms like this bi­lang pa­gre­speto sa kara­p­atan ng bawat isa, anu­man ang kaniyang kasar­ian,” he said.

Siervo made the state­ment fol­low­ing the con­fronta­tion be­tween a jan­i­tress and trans­gen­der woman Gretchen Cus­to­dio Diez on Tues­day, Au­gust 13, af­ter she tried to use a women’s re­stroom in a mall in Cubao, Que­zon City.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened de­spite the city’s “Gen­der-fair City” or­di­nance, a pi­o­neer leg­is­la­tion in Metro Manila that pe­nal­izes dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity and ex­pres­sion (Sogie) which was passed in 2014.

Diez will pur­sue charges against the mall’s man­age­ment for vi­o­lat­ing the said or­di­nance although she dropped charges against the mall’s per­son­nel af­ter an apol­ogy./suns­tar Philip­pines

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