It seems that trans woman Gretchen Diez would not waste the popularity she received from the viral comfort room incident happened at Famers Plaza Cubao, Quezon City several days ago.
In an interview, Diez said that she’s open to run for public office to push the agendas of the LGBTQA+ community more effectively.
According to her, only a few members of the LGBTQA+ community could have the chance to have a voice in society, especially in the government.
“I’m willing to maximize all of the power that’s in front of me para makapag-advocate ng change sa ating bansa. If it takes running for office, then I’m open for that. Siguro wala naman pong masama na ang isang transgender na katulad ko ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng boses lalo na po sa ating pamahalaan,” Diez said.
Diez revealed that some people are pushing her to run for politics while she only wanted to seek justice on the inequality she experienced at Farmers Plaza after a janitress stopped her from using female restroom.
“Sabi na gusto pa nila akong tumakbo. Ako po ngayon ang gusto ko lang naman po ay mabigyan ng katarungan ang nangyari po sa akin kasi po 28 years po akong nabubuhay sa mundo, 28 years ko pong naranasan ang diskriminasyon,” Diez said.
“Noong mga panahon na ako’y bata pa at wala pa akong edukasyon at wala pa po akong kaalaman tungkol sa pagsulong ng mga karapatan ko. Now that I’m given the education, now I’m given this privelege to be the voice of the LGBTQ+ community or being the voice for equality,” she added.
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The incident happened to Diez made the SOGIE bill being pushed by the LGBTQA+ community became one of the most discussed topics this month nationwide.
Several politicians, celebrities and other famous figures also showed their support to Diez and to the SOGIE bill.
However, politicians like Senate President Tito Sotto are still not convinced that the said bill should become a law.
He even accused Diez of deception because the trans woman didn’t tell the whole story to the public.
“May pila sa ladies’ room. Paglabas nung isang babae, nagreklamo sa dalawang janitress na may lalaki sa loob. Parang ganun ang sinasabi. Hindi naman nila pinansin kasi wala naman silang nakitang hitsurang lalaki,” the senator said.
“May isa pang sumunod, tinuro nagturo na sa linya daw hindi raw babae, nakabihis na babae. Nilapitan nung janitress, sinabi sa kanya na huwag na lang dito dahil may nagrereklamo. Itinuro siya dun sa PWD, or doon sa other nila, third toilet nila.” he added.