‘Justice should be served’: Transgender woman to file charges vs. QC mall management, staff over restroom ordeal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15)— The transgender woman barred from using the female restroom of a Quezon City mall said she will file a case against the establishment’s management and staff on Friday.

“Tomorrow morning we'll be filing official case vs the management of Farmers Plaza, to the staff who have harassed me,” Gretchen Diez told CNN Philippines’ On The Record on Thursday.

Diez, however, refused to disclose further details about the move.

The 28-year-old was handcuffed and brought to Quezon City Police District Station 7 Tuesday night for an unjust vexation complaint filed against her by the mall’s janitress.

Diez’ viral clip of the confrontation had renewed calls for the passage of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.

READ: Catriona Gray airs support for SOGIE bill, slams arrest of transgender woman in QC

The mall’s management already issued an apology amid the online clamor, but Diez stressed that “justice should be served.”

“I should be an example of forgiveness. Apology is accepted, I know that they admitted this mistake but at the end of the day, justice should be served,” she added.

Diez said she hopes the incident will also serve as a springboard for further discussions regarding her community.

“Never stop learning, I think the only reason why we hate certain things is because we don't understand. And how would we understand things? That is through educating ourselves.”