The Palace Manila, the club network to which the Valkyrie nightclub belongs, gave BuzzFeed Philippines their official statement. Read the full response below.
Veejay Floresca, a transgender Filipina fashion designer, was denied entry into the Philippine nightclub Valkyrie on June 13.
Even though the she was on the guest list, the bouncer denied her entry, citing that the club "does not allow cross-dressers."
Floresca was able to enter the club only after presenting her California state ID, which identifies her as female.
Floresca returned to Valkyrie on June 20 to celebrate a friend's birthday party, but was once again not permitted to enter.
Even when Floresca presented her California ID to the bouncer, the bouncer said, "Lalaki pa rin, yan." ("That's still a man.") Spot.PH reported.
The Philippine Star reported a similar incident had occurred on Feb. 28 when a transgender woman was denied entry into Valkyrie.
Valkyrie also turned away Trixie Maristela on June 13 for presenting as a woman when her ID indicated her gender as male.
The incident has mobilized the transgender community in the Philippines and the Filipino internet at large to call for action against Valkyrie management.
In response to the incidents at Valkyrie, out gay actor and comedian Vice Ganda told the LGBT community on Twitter, "I am one of you and I am one with you."
Transgender Filipina model and LGBT rights advocate Geena Rocero has taken to the hashtag #TransRevolutionPH to follow the aftermath of the events at Valkyrie.
When reached for comment, Valkyrie management told BuzzFeed Philippines that in turning away trans women, "the Club's personnel were merely adhering to its safety policies and guidelines."
BuzzFeed Philippines has also reached out to Floresca, Maristela, and Rocero for comment.
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