Per a press release on their site, SM Supermalls is set to introduce all-gender restrooms at their branches in Mall of Asia, Aura Premier, The Podium and Seaside City Cebu starting in November.
A portion of the statement reads:
‘With inclusivity and innovation at the core of everything we do, we endeavor to create spaces where all shoppers are welcome,’ said SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan.
‘As a third home of Filipinos after work and school, SM Supermalls will continue to provide a safe community space that advocates inclusivity, equality, and respect for all regardless of gender expression, identity, or sexual orientation.’
All-gender restrooms have been a contentious issue in PH, as debaters have argued over balancing the safety concerns of the pvblic and gender sensitivity.
Quezon City notably has an existing Gender-Fair Ordinance, which includes a motion requiring establishments within the city to install all-gender toilets in order to protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination.
Banner credit: screenshot from SM Supermalls website