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Ricky Reyes’ views on LGBTQ+ rights draw mixed reactions from fellow members of the third sex

“Kung nagpa-opera ka, ang bakla, maski may kipay na, may boobs na, bakla pa rin ang utak niyan.”

Gay hair salon tycoon Ricky Reyes surprised netizens on September 10 with his remarks on the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality) Bill which remains pending in the Senate.

“Kung ikaw ay may n*ta, sa lalaki ka, pag may k*pay sa babae ka…Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto bilang bading pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar.

“Dun lang tayo sa tamang lugar, kasi meron naman tayong gay community…Bat tayo pupunta ng bar at ipagpipilitan mong girl ka eh eh may bar naman para sa mga bading di ba?

“Dun ka sa lugar natin. Wag mo ipagsaksakan ang sarili mo sa hindi ka naman matatanggap,” Reyes explained.

The said bill was sponsored by Senator Risa Hontiveros, which prohibits all forms of discrimination and violence against people based on their sexual expression or identity.

One of its provisions includes prohibiting businesses from denying Filipinos access to their facilities (such as toilets), utilities, or services on the basis of their gender identity.

It is not the first time that Reyes has figured in a controversy, In April 2014, Reyes was involved in an issue regarding illegal dismissal and non-payment of monetary benefits at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). This was when he allegedly fired an employee who had HIV.

Some netizens admired his insight while some disagreed.

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