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Gretchen Diez plans to enter politics; receives criticisms online

  • Gretchen Diez is currently the subject of criticisms online
  • She announced that she is open to entering politics
  • She gained fame after her recorded video went viral

Transwoman Gretchen Diez is currently gaining attention and criticisms after her video blew up the internet.

Diez had recorded a video of her confrontation with a cleaning lady who led her out of the female restroom at the Farmer’s Plaza Mall in Cubao, Quezon City last August 12, Monday. She ended up in handcuffs at the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) Station 7 for attempting to use the female restroom but was freed after the mall’s management dropped the charges against her.

She also filed a complaint against the janitress due to her alleged discrimination despite the latter’s apology.

Diez also met with some senators following the incident, particularly Senators Bong Go, Imee Marcos, Manny Pacquiao, Ronald dela Rosa, Miguel Zubiri, and Pia Cayetano.

She recently said in an interview with a local news outlet that she is “willing to maximize all of the power” she has to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community even if takes “running for office.”

This led many netizens to doubt her motives while some called her “opportunistic” and a “fame whore”.

In an interview with Pinky Webb for CNN, Diez claimed that she stood as the face and voice of LGBTQIA+ community.But instead of gaining sympathy, Diez received backlash from her fellow LGBTQIA+ members including TV host and actor Arnell Ignacio.

Though Diez is enjoying her 15-minute fame, Ignacio believed that she will be soon forgotten as new issues rise up.

“Ang kasikatan ng tao ay yung oras lang mismo nung ikaw ay pinag-uusapan. Wala kang ka-value value diyan. Pag may sumunod na eksena, tapos ka na. Nega na siya eh,” the TV host said in a radio program of DZRH.

He added:“Ang LGBT, naging ultra-sensitive na eh. Sinasabi ko sa inyo, I’m warning you, mawawala yung inyong galing sa diskarte, sa pakikisama, sa pagiging gustuhin ng karamihan.

“Kung magiging ganyan tayo na kada isang kalmot sa atin…ano tayo ngawa nang ngawa. Alam mo, hindi naman tayo inaapi rito eh. Ang hinihingi na natin ay hindi para sa atin.

“I really do not agree with all these. I do not agree. Kasi…yung ang gusto lang natin yung pananaw lang natin.

“I mean for us to be accepted nang mahusay sa isang society, kailangan marunong din tayong tumanggap na ang mga kasama mo rito ay hindi mo rin kapareho, at magkakasundo kayo whether sila ay hindi mo kapareho o pareho. Di ba madalas nga ang mga bading ang nanlalait eh,” Ignacio shared.

He also added that one must review and fully understand the SOGIE Equality bill or Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression bill before giving rash opinions about it.


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