Duterte backs LGBTQ+ restrooms


Posted at Aug 19 2019 11:43 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community should have their own restrooms, his spokesperson said Monday.

Debate on the use of public, gendered restrooms reignited last week after a trans woman who tried to use the ladies' room at a Quezon City mall was briefly detained.

"Sabi n'ya (Duterte) dapat meron nang third restroom for them. Pinag-usapan namin iyung kahapon," said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

(He said there should be a third restroom for them. We talked about it yesterday.)

"That will solve everything kasi papasok ka sa female, siyempre di rin kumportable 'yung mga babae, alam nila lalaki pala iyun. Ganoon din sa kabila. The best is you have a third restroom for them," he said.

(When they enter the female restroom, women are uncortable knowing that they are men. The same is true if they enter a male restroom.)

Duterte is also "very supportive" of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill, said Panelo.

The measure prohibits stigmatizing the LGBT in media and denying a person access to an institution, service or establishment based on gender, among others.

In the previous 17th Congress, SOGIE languished in the Senate after the House of Representatives approved its counterpart measure. Sen. Risa Hontiveros re-filed the bill last month.
ANC, August 19, 2019