Transgender woman is 'handcuffed like a criminal' after cleaner stopped her from using ladies' toilets at a shopping mall in the Philippines

A transgender woman was handcuffed 'like a criminal' after a shopping mall cleaner stopped her from using the ladies' toilets.
Gretchen Custodio Diez, 28, was about to enter the restroom in the Quezon City area of Manila, the Philippines, when a female cleaner, Chair Ganal, is said to have blocked her path and refused to let her use them on August 13.
Gretchen, wearing a jacket and black dress, filmed the incident in the Quezon City area of Manila, the Philippines.
The worker is heard arguing with Gretchen, telling her 'You still have a penis, remember that'.




The cleaner, then allegedly took her down to the basement and held her inside a room isolated from other shoppers. 
She was also caught on film repeatedly trying to take the phone while appearing to hit her.
When police arrived a few hours later they handcuffed Gretchen 'like a shoplifter' before frogmarching her to the police station.
The mall filed a complaint against the shopper, which was later dropped.
Gretchen also received an apology letter coming from the cleaner who admitted she had 'made a mistake'
Chair wrote: 'I want to apologise to Gretchen. I hope with this apology she will give me a second chance. 
'I am only human. It was not my intention to offend her. I am willing to study the rights of the LGBT. That is all. I am sorry.'
Police said Gretchan was first taken to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 7, then to the QCPD's Anti-Cybercrime Division because officers were confused on how to handle her case citing that it was the first time it has happened. 
Gretchen said: 'For me, it was like I was a shoplifter being dragged inside the mall, with people looking at me as I was being held.
'I could not understand how, in a supposedly gender-fair city, there is a person who would treat me like I committed crime.'
Joy Belmonte, the Mayor of Quezon City, criticised the shopping centre and said the city would work to protect the rights of the LGBT+ community. 
Transgender woman is 'handcuffed like a criminal' after cleaner stopped her from using ladies' toilets at a shopping mall in the Philippines Transgender woman is 'handcuffed like a criminal' after cleaner stopped her from using ladies' toilets at a shopping mall in the Philippines Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 11:35 Rating: 5

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