Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray shows support for SOGIE bill once more, following the arrest of a transgender woman in QC.
Catriona Gray has been vocal about her being an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
The beauty once again spoke on her Instagram account on Thursday slamming the recent arrest of Gretchen Diez at a mall in Quezon City, a city which has an existing rule opposing gender discrimination.
Gray said the incident of Diez is a solid evidence to push for the passing of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.
“Last night’s incident involving a transgender woman being prohibited from using the women’s washroom and resulting in being escorted off premises in handcuffs by local police only highlights further, the Philippines need for implementation of the #SOGIEEqualityBill,” Gray wrote on her post.
Fight for SOGIE Bill
The SOGIE Bill seeks to penalize any kinds of discrimination of a person’s SOGIE.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros authored the measure and refiled the bill in the Senate last June.
On a recent event of the transgender woman in a women’s comfort room at Farmers Plaza mall of Araneta Center, she was handcuffed and brought to Quezon City Police District Station 7 after a janitress accused her of making a public disturbance.
“The whole argument of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse – is still victim blaming and IS NOT RIGHT,” Gray exhorted.
Gray also argued her further suggestions, such as SOGIE workplace policy, to create a peaceful environment and equal treatment for LGBTQ+ members.
“[The LGBTQ+ are fighting for their rights — their right to safety, protection, and equality — is also our fight],” the queen added.
Gray has been a proud ally and advocate for gender equality. In fact, besides her striking posts about LGBTQ+ issues, she’s been attending event discussions like the recent campus dialogue event in South Africa.
She previously promoted the international event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community — Pride Month.
The queen is consistent in spreading messages of love and support for the community.