MANILA — Vice Ganda broke his silence over the issue of “no cross-dressing” policy in an upscale club, Valkyrie.
“I was upset. I confirmed with the owners and they told me that there is no cross-dressing policy. And I said, If there is a cross-dressing policy, what was I doing inside? I’m a cross-dresser,” Vice Ganda said in Filipino during an interview with Aquino & Abunda Tonight.
Vice is a shareholder of the club that allegedly refused entrance of several cross-dressers including trans woman fashion designer, Veejay Floresca.
Trixie Maristela, Miss Gay Manila 2015 winner also complained about the policy in the same report for Aquino & Abunda Tonight.
“Sobrang humiliating nung event na yun. Sobrang feeling ko natapakan yung pagkatao ko. My boyfriend and my sister and lahat sila shocked and I was like oh my God this is unbelievable it made me realize na kahit ano pa yung na-achieve mo, people will still treat you unfairly and would judge you based on your gender, it’s really said,” Maristela said.
In an official statement aired in the same show, Valkyrie apologized to those who were refused to enter the club.
“The management of Valkyrie Nightclub (the “Club”) has been made aware of a recent incident in which certain individuals were denied entry to the Club. Club management would like to apologize to these individuals if the denial of entry resulted in their embarrassment or made them feel disrespected in any way,” Valkyrie said.
“It was never the intention of the Club to cause embarrassment nor to disrespect any person. In denying entry to these individuals, the Club’s personnel were merely adhering to its safety policies and guidelines,” it added.
Vice also said that he will oppose the said policy in case the Club decides to implement it.
“Kung ipapa-implement yan ng Valkyrie, hindi ako papayag. Hindi pwede yun. Sobrang luma na nun. Hindi na ina-aaply yung ganun ngayon,” Vice added.
(If Valkyrie will implement that policy, I will not agree. That’s not right. That’s already such an old policy. You don’t apply that anymore.)