Anti-gay restaurant slapped with civil suit July 17, 2006Posted by lagablab in Discrimination, lagablab alert!.
Civil Case. No. 70883-PSG – This is what Aruba restaurant got for its bigotry. Gay impersonator Inday Garutay (real name: Christopher Borja) today slapped a civil case against Aruba restaurant before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court.
The complaint asserts that “while private establishments do have the right to impose a dress code, it may not – in the guise of implementing such a dress code – discriminate against individuals on the basis of his or her personal condition, i.e., sexual orientation.”
On July 4, 2006, Inday Garutay entered Aruba Restaurant in Metrowalk Commercial Complex to meet with a friend and a producer for a show in Japan. She was accompanied by her partner. After using the ladies toilet, she was reportedly asked to leave the restaurant by the Supervisor, Ms. “Tintin” Aguilar. Aguilar allegedly told Inday Garutay that Aruba has a dress code and that cross-dressers like her are prohibited from entering the establishment. (“Mayroon po kaming dress code dito. Bawal po ang cross-dresser. Bawal po ang ganyang katulad mo.“). Because Aguilar was unrelenting, Inday decided to leave.
Inday Garutay said that she suffered mental anguish, sleepless
nights and anxiety attacks because of the incident.
Inday Garutay is being represented by AKBAYAN lawyer Jae dela Cruz, who stressed that the whole issue is not about defending the right to wear skirts. “The case is all about equality,” dela Cruz said.
Inday Garutay is asking for P600,000.00 for moral and exemplary damages.
LAGABLAB supports the decision to sue Aruba Restaurant. At the same time, the network renews its call to boycott the establishment because of its discriminatory policies. We encourage everyone to report to LAGABLAB other restaurants, bars, clubs and other commercial establishments that have discriminatory policies and practices.
The pink peso should not go where lesbians and gays are not wanted.
We also believe that the absence of a national legislation that protects the human rights and fundamental freedoms of lesbians and gays helps creates a climate of discrimination and abuse. The first step to end the impunity being enjoyed by perpetrators of abuse and discrimination against LGBTs is to penalize homophobia. We again urge Congress to enact the Anti-Discrimination Bill immediately.
Click here to get a copy of the complaint.