Jake Zyrus voiced out his opinion about the issue involving a trans woman named Gretchen Diez who was disallowed from using the female restroom, which became a national headline recently.
In an interview with Jake at the press launch of his new album Evolution, the singer, who is open about being a trans man, remarked, “I used to think that way, pipilitin ko 'yung sarili ko to go to the male's restroom but the more that I grow older, the more I realized na not everyone thinks the same, not everyone believes in the beliefs that you believe so nagsi-CR ako sa kung saan ako dapat mag-CR, so kung ano po ‘yung naiisip niyo, doon ako nagsi-CR. I simply follow the law, I respect the law.”
He added, “It goes both ways. It's about behavior. It's about how we treat each other. This is not about sexuality anymore, this is not about the CR anymore, this is about how we are going to treat each other and how we are going to understand each other. This is not just about understanding me, understanding the LGBT community, this is both ways.”
Jake stressed that one should not push his or her belief to others. “If someone does not understand what you are going through, if someone doesn't understand who you are, you simply understand them kasi we don’t have the right to push everyone to accept our beliefs. Paano kung gawin sa'yo ‘yun?” he stated.
The singer further shared that he uses the female bathroom because that’s what the law states.
“If I go to a women's restroom and they feel awkward, it is not my fault anymore because I am just following the law because it's what they said, right? Biologically I am a woman so I follow it. Because I don't need everyone else's validation of who I am,” he remarked.
Is he in favor of having a separate restroom for transgender people?
"Ako po I agree lang kung iyon ay magpapa-better sa ating bansa sa totoo lang, if it is going to be a good thing for our country. If everyone is going to stop hating each other because of a restroom nasa gobyerno na po natin ‘yan. There are so many problems that we should face a lot more than this. I am more concerned of that.”
He added, “Pabor ako kung mababasa ko sa comments na okay na ang lahat.”