MANILA, Philippines – “All Gender” signs were put up at the Quezon City Hall restrooms in line with City Ordinance No. 2357-2014 or the Quezon City Gender-Fair Ordinance.

Under the ordinance, all government agencies as well as private companies and commercial establishments should have gender-neutral restrooms.

Discussion on safe spaces for the LGBTQ community were put on the spotlight following the harassment incident in Farmers Plaza. Gretchen Diez, a transgender woman, was arrested for using the female restroom after a misunderstanding between her and a Farmers Plaza janitress.

After news of the incident went viral online, discussion surrounding the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill resurfaced. Senators have since expressed various sentiments toward the bill.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said that the bill has no chance of passing the Senate if “it transgresses on academic freedom, religious freedom and women’s rights.”

Sotto added that the bill could be redundant, saying other laws such as the Magna Carta for Women and Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act already penalize some of the discriminatory acts covered by the SOGIE bill. (HGBH/LMO)

Photo from Quezon City Hall Facebook page

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