Jake Zyrus says public toilet issue goes beyond sexuality
MANILA, Philippines — Jake Zyrus thinks debates over discrimination towards transgender people when using public toilets is an issue beyond sexuality.
“It’s about behavior. It’s about how we treat each other,” Zyrus said Wednesday when sought for his opinion on the recent outcry against discrimination.
“This is not about sexuality anymore, this is not about CR anymore. This is about how we’re going to treat each other and how we’re going to understand each other,” he said.
For Zyrus, the issue is not just about understanding the plight of the LGBTQIA+ community but also about not forcing one’s beliefs to others.
“This is not just about understanding me, understanding the LGBT community, this is both ways,” said Zyrus.
“If someone does not understand what you’re going through, if someone does not understand who you are, you simply understand them. Kasi we don’t have the right to push everyone to accept our beliefs,” he added.
Should women feel uncomfortable when he enters their restroom, Zyrus said it is not his problem anymore since he is just following the “law.”
“So if I go to a women’s restroom and they feel awkward, it’s not my problem anymore because I’m just following the law, because that’s what they said. Biologically I’m a woman so I follow it,” said Zyrus, who came out as a transgender man in 2017.
“Because I don’t need anyone else’s validation of who I am,” he stressed.
Transition as his ‘achievement’
The singer also opened up that self-fulfilment was the reason behind his coming out as a transgender man.
“The reason why I came out as transman, I transitioned to transman, is because it’s a fulfillment for myself. Achievement po ‘to para sa akin,” he shared.
Apart from being an achievement for himself, Zyrus said he wanted to bare his true colors since he is part of the entertainment industry.
“I felt like it was a must. It was a must for everyone to know who I really am. I came out because I wanted everybody to know, but it’s an achievement for myself,” he said.
While he is thankful for everyone who supports his transition, he also understands those who criticize him for his decision.
“ I don’t need validation from each and every one of you. I’m thankful if you support it. If you’re not, I understand. But I’m here, I tell you who I am because ito yung magpapasaya sa akin,” he said.
The world renowned singer officially changed his name to Jake Zyrus from Charice Pempengco in 2017, a move that drew both criticism and support from the public. /kga
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