Bukod sa fashion designer na si Veejay Floresca, ang transwoman na si Trixie Maristela ay nakaranas din ng kahihiyan dahil diumano sa “no crossdressing policy” sa high-end nightclub na Valkyrie.
Si Trixie ang reigning Miss Gay Philippines 2015 at pinakaunang post-op transgender na kinontrata ng Viva Artists Agency (VAA) bilang isa sa kanilang talents.
Sa pocket presscon na inihanda sa kanya ng VAA, sa opisina ng Viva Entertainment sa Tektite Building, Ortigas, Pasig City, noong June 30, isa ito sa tinalakay ni Trixie sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng media.
Saad niya, “I felt that first 'cause I was actually the one who was refused entry to that club aside from Veejay.
“It happened to me two Saturdays ago.
“I was with my family and my boyfriend.
“I was frequenting that club, for five times already, and when I was about to enter, I was asked for my ID [identification card].
“And, here in the Philippines, there's no law that allows transwomen to change their gender marker in our legal documents, so I presented an ID which says my real gender marker, which is a male.
“And the security guard told me that I’m not properly dressed, and that I should be dressed as a man dahil sa dress code policy nila dun sa entrance.”
Patuloy ni Trixie, “That time, sobrang humiliating, kasi there are some paying guests as well about to get inside.
“Siyempre, may commotion, na-stuck sila, e, nakikita nila ako dun.
“Yun, I had to defend myself, diplomatic naman.
“I talked to someone higher than her [the security guard] and, yun, I got the same confirmation—that I’m not really allowed to get inside.”
Pinag-usapan nang husto sa social media, sa TV news, at print media ang sinasabing “no crossdressing policy” ng Valkyrie, dahilan para mabuo ang isang hakbang ng Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Dumating pa nga sa puntong humingi ng paumanhin ang pamunuan ng Valkyrie at nangakong rerepasuhin nila ang kanilang "no crossdressing policy."
THE DIALOGUE. Nagsagawa rin ng isang dialogue ang pamunuan ng Valkyrie upang isaayos ang isyung ito.
Pagbabalita ni Trixie, “We had a dialogue.
“We are planning to publicize an official statement between the club and me, and Veejay and all the other transleaders who attended the dialogue.
“I think, they are still planning to issue another statement of apology, co-authored by us.”
Ano ang naging aksiyon dito ni Vice Ganda, na isa sa kilalang gay advocates at isa sa investors ng Valkyrie?
Matatandaang nagbigay ng statement si Vice na willing siyang i-pull out ang kanyang puhunan kung sakaling hindi maaayos ang policy na ito na discriminating sa katulad niyang isa ring crossdresser.
Ayon kay Trixie, “We met Vice last week, pati si Veejay, pati na ang ibang trans organizations, LGBT organizations.
“At sinabi niyang meron lang siyang small share sa Valkyrie at sa Pool Palace.
“At sobrang... yung share niya doesn't actually permit him to make administrative decisions.
“So, yung sa kanya is just to suggest or voice out as an investor, pero I think hindi siya part ng decision-making body ng Valkyrie.
“So, nag-meet kami, apologizing to us, and I think he's sincere naman when we talked to him in person.”
Pabor ba sa LGBT community ang natapos na usapan nila sa pamunuan ng Valkyrie?
Sabi ng Super Sireyna Philippines 2014, “Basically, yung napag-usapan ay yung commitment, yung apologies.
“And they promised to moving forward towards educating more their employees, to issue another statement.
“Hindi lang naman kasi sa akin nangyari ito, nagkataon lang na we are brave enough to stand up and speak up.
“Marami ang nangyari in the past, na they just chose to ignore it kasi, you know, they don't want to be humiliated further.”
VIVA CONTRACT ARTIST. Samantala, bilang kauna-unahang transgender na pinapirma ng kontrata ni Vic del Rosario sa Viva, ano ang mga nakaplano para sa kanyang career?
Gagawa ba siya ng movie o sa ibang linya ng entertainment siya ipupuwesto?
Ayon sa 29-year-old beauty queen, “That's the hope [gumawa ng movie].
“But I have to undergo workshops first to develop my acting or hosting and other skills, like probably singing.
“For now, wala pa talagang specifics and, I think, they want me to build my skills first.
“Hopefully, yes, sana mabigyan din ng chance sa acting or hosting, puwede rin sa modelling or singing.”
Pahayag pa ni Trixie, “Ako, I just want to really be visible and represent the community.
“Kasi, like what I've said, marami nang LGBT representation sa showbiz.
“And, I think, my education would also be my weapon, my armory in whatever opportunity that showbiz would give me.”
Pangarap ba niyang maging artista simula noong bata pa siya?
Saad ni Trixie, “Actually, hindi, kasi mahiyain ako before.
“But when I started joining beauty pageants, dun ko na-develop yung confidence.
“But now, whatever comes, go ako, and I'm really thankful to Boss Vic for considering me.
“It's really flattering and I'm honored.”