& # 39; The actions of the management of the site are unjustified which has led to the public humiliation of Jervi Li and the company & # 39 ;, says transgender lawmaker Geraldine Roman
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The country's first transgender lawmaker is looking for an investigation by the Congress into the denial of a makati-bar of gay comedian Jervi Li, known more as Kaladkaren Davila, and her friends.
Bataan, first district representative, Geraldine Roman, filed House Resolution (HR) No. 2094 on Tuesday, August 28, 3 days after Li and her friends were excluded from entering the H & J Sports Bar in Poblacion, Makati on August 25.
Li caught the incident on video and uploaded it on her social media accounts on August 26th. The video showed the bouncer who answered "bakla (gay) "when asked to give up those who are not allowed to enter the bar.
"The management's operations are unjustified, which led to the public humiliation of Jervi Li and the company," said Roman.
"The malicious refusal of the establishment for Jervi Li and his company to enter the premises on the grounds of his"bakla& # 39; Is an insult to all members of the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) who already suffer from discrimination by society, & # 39; she added.
She said that although companies have the privilege of implementing their own policies, these rules must not be in conflict with the Constitution & # 39 ;, which imposes the right of every Filipino to self-expression.
Roman is one of the main authors of the Anti Sexual Orientation of Gender Identity Discrimination Act, which was approved in September 2017 at the second reading.
Tuesday, H & J manager and supervisor for marketing and promotions Henry Strzalkowski said the incident was a "misunderstanding".
He said that the entry ban would probably only be carried out for a "small number of women who steal money."
"That was only temporary, that was only one night, otherwise we are completely LGBT-friendly," he said.
"I think it was an unfortunate mistake, but we take which moves are needed to repair the confusion it causes," added Strzalkowski.
Read a full copy of HR 2094 below: