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Mark Bautista gives take on Bb. Pilipinas question about transgender restrooms: ‘We just need to be accepting and open’

/ 09:24 AM March 20, 2018

Mark Bautista  (Image:Instagram/iamarkbautista)

After Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental winner Karen Gallman said her piece about having restrooms for transgenders, singer Mark Bautista also voiced his take on the matter.

In the coronation night of the 2018 Bb. Pilipinas pageant held Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, judge Precious Lara Quigaman asked Gallman this question in the Q&A portion: “Do you agree that a third restroom should be built for transgenders? Why or why not?”

Giving Quigaman her best smile first before continuing, the Filipino-Australian candidate replied to her question: “I definitely agree there should be a third restroom for transgender. Because us women would also like a privacy, and also with men. And also we have a separate room for the transgender. It just serves as equality and privatization. Thank you.”

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Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental Karen Gallman answered that having restrooms for transgenders “serves as equality and privatization.”  Image: Instagram/@karengallman_

But it seems that Bautista had his own take on the matter. On his Twitter page yesterday, the singer corrected the question saying the third restroom is designated for Persons with Disability.

Turning serious, he said, “[B]ut seriously we just need to be accepting and open… and [I] think also be responsible (& respectful) in using the toilet.” He ended his tweet with “[A] special restroom is not an issue [I] guess…”

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In his autobiography “Beyond the Mark,” Bautista revealed that he had an “intimate” sexual encounter with a man, whom he did not name. While some lauded him for coming out, he admitted that he lost some friends in the process.  /ra

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