The gender neutral toilet is part of efforts to promote equality.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
MANILA – The Philippines’ first publicly labelled gender neutral toilet was opened in the police headquarters of Camp Crame as part of efforts to promote equality.
The designated gender-sensitive toilet is open to police personnel and civilians who have transactions in the office of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
On Thursday (August 15), the PNP urged government offices and establishments to put up gender-sensitive toilets to promote equality and combat discrimination.
“Do you have a gender-sensitive [toilet]? I encourage everyone, from the private sectors to all government offices, to put up restrooms as a sign of respect to the rights of everyone, regardless of gender,” said PNP Human Rights Affairs Office chief, Brigadier General Dennis Siervo.
Siervo said that Camp Crame in Quezon City has three toilets: one for men, one for women and another with the signage “Gender Sensitive Comfort Room, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) or Guests.”
The PNP official’s remarks came after a confrontation between a transwoman and a janitress at a women’s restroom in a Quezon City mall went viral on social media.
The transwoman, Gretchen Custodio Diez, 28, was prevented from using the female toilet despite a city ordinance that penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Diez had recorded the incident live on social media, resulting in a scuffle with the angry janitress. Diez was then bought to the security office before being transferred to a police station where she faced a charge of unjust vexation.
The case, however, was dropped after the janitress decided to withdraw the charges and apologized to Diez.
Diez will reportedly file charges against the mall’s management for violating the city ordinance against discrimination. ICA/Expat Media
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