Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Trans woman arrested after being blocked from using women’s restroom in Cubao

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Police say Gretchen Custodio Diez was arrested for going live on Facebook while inside a female restroom

Published 9:49 PM, August 13, 2019

Updated 9:49 PM, August 13, 2019

ARRESTED. A transgender woman is arrested after she was prevented from using a women's bathroom in a Cubao mall. Photo from Diez's Facebook page

ARRESTED. A transgender woman is arrested after she was prevented from using a women’s bathroom in a Cubao mall. Photo from Diez’s Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – A transgender woman who was prevented from using a woman’s restroom in a Cubao mall in Quezon City was arrested on Tuesday, August 13.

According to two separate desk officers of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Gretchen Custodio Diez – identified by police as Greg Martin Diaz, the name in her ID – was arrested for going live on Facebook while inside a female restroom.

They said Diez is set to face a complaint for violation of Section 6 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

Diez was prevented from using a women’s restroom by a female janitor who insisted that she use the men’s restroom.

Diez recorded the incident live on Facebook. She appeared to have been held inside the mall, isolated from other shoppers in a room that had swinging doors. The janitress was recorded as saying that she will file a case against Diez.

The janitress then said: “May utin ka pa rin. Tandaan mo ‘yan (You still have a penis. Remember that).”

According to one desk officer, Diez was first brought to the QCPD Station 7 (Cubao), then to the QCPD’s Anti-Cybercrime Division; the cops are confused on how to handle her case.

First time ito nangyari (This is the first time this happened),” QCPD chief Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel told Rappler in a phone interview.

“Gretchen is a proud trans woman who expresses herself as a woman and she always goes to the female restroom every single day. So she got offended by this act,” a certain Mela Franco Habijan said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The Philippines is known to be one of the more tolerant countries in the world to the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community, but it has yet to pass a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. – Rappler.com

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