A transsexual student at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City has complained against a professor for allegedly acting with religious prejudice toward the coed’s identity, sparking an online debate on freedom of speech.
The case involves European Languages student Hender Gercio, a self-described “transsexual woman” who had “undergone a gender transition,” who filed a complaint against French language professor Dominique del Corro. Gercio filed a complaint against Del Corro on February 7.
Gercio is a former President of Babaylan, an officially-recognized organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in UP.
According to an incident report, the professor allegedly ignored Gercio’s requests to be addressed as a female in class because it is against her religious beliefs.
“She also told me that she cannot separate being a Christian from who she was as a teacher. She then continued that she believed that homosexuality was a sin, and it was due to this reason that she cannot allow herself to address and accept me as female,” Gercio said.
In a Facebook note entitled “Stop Transphobia/Homophobia in UP Diliman!” Gercio said “My pronouns are MY pronouns. I don’t care who your God is, but I will not let you take my gender identity away from me.”