Valkryie management apologizes to Veejay Floresca; maintains they have nothing against transgenders


Pormal na humingi ng dispensa ang pamunuan ng Valkyrie Nightclub sa fashion designer na si Veejay Floresca kaugnay ng insidente kung saan hindi siya pinayagang makapasok dahil sa diumano'y “no crossdresser policy” ng restobar.

Ito ay sa kabila ng paliwanag ni Veejay na isa siyang transwoman, base na rin sa kanyang U.S. identification card kung saan nakasaad na isa siyang “female.”

Read: Fashion designer Veejay Floresca cries foul over alleged discrimination at Valkyrie

Base sa ipinadalang opisyal na pahayag ng Valkyrie sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) nitong Lunes ng gabi, June 22, hindi tuwirang binanggit ang tungkol sa “no crossdresser policy.”

Ngunit iginiit ng pamunuan ng Valkyrie na ang kanilang security personnel ay sumusunod lamang sa “safety policies and guidelines” pagdating sa mahigpit na inspeksiyon ng guests o customers na papasok sa loob.

“The management of Valkyrie Nightclub (the ‘Club’) has been made aware of a recent incident in which certain individuals were denied entry into the Club.

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"Club management would like to apologize to these individuals if the denial of entry resulted in their embarrassment or made them feel disrespected in any way.

“The Club does not refuse entry on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation.

“In denying entry to these individuals, the Club’s personnel were merely adhering to its safety policies and guidelines,” bungad na pahayag sa official statement ng Valkyrie, na ipinadala ng part-owner na si Neil Arce sa PEP.

NO DISCRIMINATION. Kasabay nito ay pinabulaanan ng Valkyrie ang isyung ang kanilang polisya ay nagpapakalat ng diskriminasyon laban sa LGBT o lesbians, gay, bisexuals, and transvestites community, partikular na ang “transgender individuals.”

Sabi pa ng pamunuan ng Valkyrie: “The management of Valkyrie Nightclub and The Palace Pool Club wishes to clarify that it does not discriminate against transwomen and transgender individuals.

“The Club does not refuse entry on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation.

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“The Club has, on many previous occasions, welcomed transgender guests into its premises.

“Once again, the management of the Club apologizes to those individuals who may have felt embarrassed or disrespected in any way.”

Sa kabilang banda, bilang isang private establishment ay karapatan umano ng Valkyrie na suriing mabuti ang identification details ng guests o customers para na rin sa seguridad ng clientele ng mga ito.

Ipinaliwanag din ng pamunuan ng Valkyrie na ito ang pangunahing responsibilidad ng bouncer o security personnel na nakadestino sa main entrance ng restobar.

“Valkyrie Nightclub and The Palace Pool Club are private establishments.

"As such, they reserve the right to determine who will be permitted entry into their premises.

“The determination of who will be allowed entry into the premises is based primarily on the Club’s safety policies and guidelines.

“The Club’s staff, particularly those manning the entrance, are tasked with the primary responsibility of implementing these safety policies and guidelines.

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“The staff members’ duties include inspection of the identification cards of patrons intending to enter the premises to ensure that those entering the Club are properly identified and are of the proper age,” saad sa official statement ng Valkyrie.

Aminado ang Valkyrie na may mga pagkakataong hindi pinapayagan ng security personnel ang isang guest o customer na makapasook sa loob, base na rin sa striktong protocol ng restobar.

Ganunpaman, inihayag ng Valkyrie na kailangan pa nila ng ibayong training sa kanilang staff upang huwag nang maulit ang insidenteng tulad ng nangyari kay Veejay na isang transwoman.

“Club management recognizes, however, that it may be necessary to provide further training to its staff to ensure that they are better able to communicate the Club’s guidelines and policies to its patrons in order to avoid misunderstanding in the future.”

VICE GANDA. Kaugnay nito, mismong ang part-owner ng Valkyrie na si Vice Ganda ay nagpahayag ng disgusto dahil sa diumano'y “no crossdresser policy” ng restobar.

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Ayon pa kay Vice, buo ang suporta niya sa LGBT at handa siyang bawiin ang maliit niyang financial investment sa Valkyrie kung totoo mang hindi pinapayagang makapasok sa loob ang crossdressers.

Read: Vice Ganda threatens to pull out "small share" at Valkyrie; condemns "no crossdresser policy"

Sinubukan ng PEP na hingan ng reaksiyon ang Valkyrie tungkol sa pahayag ni Vice, ngunit hindi na nagbigay ng detalye ang kanilang pamunuan hinggil dito.

Ganunpaman, sa huling bahagi ng kanilang official statement ay iginiit ng Valkyrie na handa silang makipag-usap sa LGBT community upang mabigyan ng karampatang solusyon kung anuman ang pagkukulang sa safety policies ng nabanggit na resto-bar.

Sabi rito: “Moving forward, the management of the Club intends to reach out to the LGBT community to ensure that any concerns they may have regarding this matter are adequately addressed.”

Sa panayam ng PEP kay Veejay kahapon, June 22, kinumpirma ng fashion designer na nakatakda siyang makipagpulong sa pamunuan ng Valkyrie sa June 29.

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Nananatiling bukas ang PEP sa pahayag ni Veejay, Vice Ganda, pamunuan ng Valkyrie, at iba pang sangkot sa isyung ito.

FULL STATEMENT OF VALKYRIE. Narito ang full statement ng Valkyrie management:

"The management of Valkyrie Nightclub (the “Club”) has been made aware of a recent incident in which certain individuals were denied entry into the Club.

"Club management would like to apologize to these individuals if the denial of entry resulted in their embarrassment or made them feel disrespected in any way.

"It was never the intention of the Club to cause embarrassment nor to disrespect any person.

"In denying entry to these individuals, the Club’s personnel were merely adhering to its safety policies and guidelines.

"Valkyrie Nightclub and The Palace Pool Club are private establishments. As such, they reserve the right to determine who will be permitted entry into their premises.

"The determination of who will be allowed entry into the premises is based primarily on the Club’s safety policies and guidelines.

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"The Club’s staff, particularly those manning the entrance, are tasked with the primary responsibility of implementing these safety policies and guidelines.

"The staff members’ duties include inspection of the identification cards of patrons intending to enter the premises to ensure that those entering the Club are properly identified and are of the proper age.

"In the event that there is any doubt as to the authenticity of the identification card presented, the Club’s staff members are authorized to deny entry to the individual presenting such identification card.

"Again, this is intended to ensure the safety of all of the Club’s guests and patrons.

"Club management recognizes, however, that it may be necessary to provide further training to its staff to ensure that they are better able to communicate the Club’s guidelines and policies to its patrons in order to avoid misunderstanding in the future.

"The management of Valkyrie Nightclub and The Palace Pool Club wishes to clarify that it does not discriminate against transwomen and transgender individuals.

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"The Club does not refuse entry on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation.

"The Club has, on many previous occasions, welcomed transgender guests into its premises.

"Once again, the management of the Club apologizes to those individuals who may have felt embarrassed or disrespected in any way."


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