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[OPINION] The B in LGBT: The long journey to coming out

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'While living as an openly LGBTQIA+ person is tiring and difficult, not living your truth is more tiring. I chose truth.'

Russia cuts gay scenes from Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:27 AM

A film critic says that it had been 'very obvious' cuts had been made to the Russian version of 'Rocketman'

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

In China, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' edit disappoints gay community

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The Chinese release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' censors Freddie Mercury's sexuality, removing the film's multiple gay scenes

PODCAST | Beyond Tondo: An LGBTQ leader's wait for equality

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Manila, members of the LGBT community find acceptance through service – but how can their small victories be celebrated outside their bubble?

LGBT youth on choosing candidates: 'Mambabatas, hindi mambabastos'

Mar 09, 2019 - 7:15 AM

At a recent Safe Spaces event, UP LGBT group leader Sam Cruz urges youth voters to go for candidates who will work to eliminate gender-based discrimination

GENDER EQUALITY. UP Diliman Babaylan Vice President Sam Cruz (3rd left) pushes for the anti-discrimination bill at the Senate. Photo from the UP Babaylan Facebook page

Disappointment as Kenya court delays decision on anti-gay laws

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The delay is met with dismay by Kenya's LGBT community and their allies, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, which was filed 3 years ago

ANTI-LGBT LAWS. LGBT Bishop Joseph Tolton (R) and other members attend an inter-faith service in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Gay couples in Japan seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The 5 lesbian and 8 gay couples involved will file lawsuits across the country seeking damages of one million yen ($9000) a person for being denied the same legal rights as heterosexual couples

GAY RIGHTS IN JAPAN. This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows same sex couple Yoko Ogawa (L) and Chizuka Oe (R) displaying their marriage registration form to journalists in front of a town hall in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Meet the ‘kagaywads’: How Tondo’s LGBT leaders find acceptance

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:57 PM

For some LGBT leaders in Tondo, public service is the only way to gain acceptance and respect

KAGAYWADS. LGBT kagawads of District 1 in Tondo offer free salon services for senior citizens on Friday, February 1. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Miss Spain is a woman

Dec 24, 2018 - 6:23 PM

A transwoman broke LGBT barriers by competing in an international beauty pageant. So why are some gay men so upset?

Eddie Garcia on being gay: ‘God created you that way, there’s nothing wrong with it’

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The actor portrays an elderly gay man in the upcoming film 'Rainbow's Sunset'

EDDIE GARCIA. The veteran actor is starring in the MMFF entry 'Rainbow's Sunset.' Rappler Screenshot

Kadaiyahan Festival 2018 to highlight inclusivity for LGBT community in Mindanao

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The first Kadaiyahan Festival in Cagayan de Oro city will run from December 5 to 10

H&J management says KaladKaren Davila incident ‘an unfortunate mistake’

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The Makati bar is facing backlash after allegedly discriminating against the comedian and her friends

DENIED ENTRY. A video posted by comedian Kaladkaren Davila shows a bouncer preventing her and her friends from entering H&J Sports Bar in Makati. Screenshot from Facebook.com/kaladkarendavila

House to probe Makati bar for keeping out KaladKaren Davila

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'The actions taken by the management of the establishment are unjustified which resulted in the public humiliation of Jervi Li and company,' says transgender lawmaker Geraldine Roman

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Scarlett Johansson withdraws from trans role following backlash

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The actress was initially cast to play trans man Dante 'Tex' Gill in a film about his life

SCARLETT JOHANSSON. The actress quits her role as a transgender man following backlash against her casting. File photo taken at the 2018 Met Gala by Angela Weiss/AFP

Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The two men are flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurls abuse at them

PUNISHMENT. A member of Indonesia's Sharia police (R) whips a man (L) accused of having gay sex during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on July 13, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Metro Manila Pride breaks records in Southeast Asia

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:20 AM

This year's Pride March is estimated to have attracted 25,000 participants

Pride March 2018, Marikina Sports complex. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Iza Calzado open to kissing transgender actor in future projects

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Iza stars in the Cinemalaya film 'Distance'

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'QT,' who entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong Kong with her partner the same year, is backed by major financial institutions in her fight for visa rights in the economic powerhouse

LOVE WINS. Pedestrians walk outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on July 4, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Indonesia 'anti-LGBT abuses' fuel HIV cases – Human Rights Watch

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Government actions are discouraging some at-risk groups from accessing prevention and treatment services, according to a new Human Rights Watch report

Get the message: Signs that caught our eye during Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Pride is a protest, after all

SIGN LANGUAGE. The LGBT community and its allies spread messages of love through signs at Metro Manila Pride 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Your fight is mine': This dad's pride story will leave you in tears

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'Hindi ikaw 'yung napariwara. Ako. Napariwara ako bilang tatay mo,' a dad tells his bisexual son after attending the 2018 Pride March

[OPINION] Out of the closet and into the internet

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For the benefit of my family, I'm staying in the closet. That's why I turned to online dating sites.

Freedom, equality, and all the colors of the rainbow at Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'This year, since we’re all gathered here together, there needs to be movement'

PRIDE MARCH. The Metro Manila LGBT community came together to show solidarity and celebrate pride. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Coming out of the shadows: On being LGBT in Mindanao

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The Philippines has been regarded as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. Does this hold true for all areas of the country?

Jun Lana, Perci Intalan: 'Full acceptance,' not just tolerance for LGBTQ community

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The directors, who married in 2013, talk about tolerance and being parents to two boys

Rappler Talk: Getting to know Bisdak and Mindanao Pride

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr. from Mindanao Pride and Roxanne O. Doron from Bisdak Pride, Inc. talk about LGBTQIA+ movements in Mindanao and Visayas.

[OPINION] The extra struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'We cannot achieve peace and genuine development if gender equality is not upheld especially in Mindanao'

Rappler Talk: #RiseUpTogether and becoming better LGBTQIA+ advocates

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

How do we #RiseUpTogether and become better advocates?

WATCH: How did you come out?

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:35 PM

In celebration of Pride Month, Rappler talks to members of the LGBT community to ask them about their stories and how they found the courage to come out

[OPINION] I do not believe in coming out

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

I am living as if I have come out, therefore I do not see the point of sitting down with my family and telling them that I am gay

Free Love 2018: Project Headshot Clinic's pride month campaign shows the beauty in diversity

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The photo project's latest shoot includes people from all across the spectrum

H&M PH apologizes after staff bars transgender woman from trying on swimsuit

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Paulo Adrian Bataller, a transgender woman, was told men aren’t allowed to fit swimwear for women. Transgender women, however, are women and not men.

Falcis legal team: Same-sex marriage petition will help LGBT movement

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Para sakin ang importante ay naumpisahan na ang paguusap. The conversation has now begun inside the Supreme Court,' says TV personality Boy Abunda, who was present at the opening of the oral arguments at the SC

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#WeAreFamilyToo: LGBT groups push for marriage equality outside SC

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Despite challenges faced by various LGBT groups, they are hopeful that it is the most opportune time to fight for marriage equality

Supporters for gender equality rally in front of the Supreme Court hearing the petition on sane sex marriage. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

When he called her 'Papa,' she promised to be the best father

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Binuo ni Lorenz 'yung pangarap kong maging ama. Natutuwa lang ako kasi nangyari 'yun kahit hindi ko siya kadugo,' says 32-year-old lesbian Roanne Oca

Salute to Madame, the first transgender cop in PNP

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda – or 'Madame' – is the first openly transgender cop in the Philippine National Police. She handles criminal probes at the Quezon City Police District.

TRANSGENDER IN PNP. PSI Rene Balmaceda works at the criminal investigation and detection unit of the Quezon City Police District. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Queer and facing rejection? The Fab 5 have something to tell you

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The stars of 'Queer Eye' talk about coming out, religion, and keeping the faith

FAB 5. Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown continue to inspire in a new season of 'Queer Eye.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

'Rise Up Together:' Metro Manila Pride March set for June 30

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The LGBTQIA+ event will be held in Marikina, and organizers are seeking support

RISE UP. The 2018 Pride March is set for June 30. Photo from Facebook.com/mmprideorg

Letting love win: How my parents' love made me a winner

Jun 02, 2018 - 2:38 PM

As Pride Month begins, Mela Habijan writes about her and her parents' journey as she navigates life as a transgender woman

LOVE. Mela and her parents Irene and Erico. Photo courtesy of Mela Habijan

Homecoming queen: The lone reyna of Nectar's 2018 LGBT Santacruzan

May 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

BGC's gay nightclub ends the month with a planned parade and a drag competition

CROWNING MOMENT. Valeria dons her crown. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Christian groups troop to Senate vs landmark SOGIE bill

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

UN rights chief to Indonesia: Stop LGBT crackdown

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'At a time when it is consolidating its democratic gains, we urge Indonesians to move forward - not backwards - on human rights'

RIGHTS CHIEF. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, seen here during a press briefing 6 January 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, is the UN human rights chief. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

WATCH: 'What is love?' at Pride March 2017

Jul 01, 2017 - 12:55 PM

LGBTQ or heterosexual those who were at the 2017 Pride March all agree that LoveWins

Rappler Talk: Naomi Fontanos on support for the LGBTQ+ community

Jun 27, 2017 - 3:07 PM

GANDA Filipinas Naomi Fontanos calls for solidarity with members of the LGBTQ community and gay rights advocates

WATCH: 2017 Metro Manila Pride March

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Check out the highlights of this year s march to celebrate LGBTQ pride and diversity

PRIDE. Thousands join the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March called "Here Together" on Saturday, June 24, in Marikina City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Embracing 'DiBearSity' at the Metro Manila Pride March

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:50 PM

It s very important to be at ease and be comfortable with who you are Be at peace with who you are and enjoy it says an advocate for LGBTQ inclusivity

INCLUSIVITY. Ian Carandang (left) advocates for inclusivity at the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March. Photo by Adrianne Diaz

Christian groups show support by marching with LGBTQ+

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Freedom in Christ Ministries apologizes on behalf of other churches that condemn the gay community

SUPPORT. Freedom in Christ Ministries church apologizes on behalf of other churches who condemned the LGBT community. Photo by Clyde Jayvy Villanueva/Rappler

Hontiveros: 'Duterte's macho politics failed LGBT hopes'

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:55 AM

He paraded himself as an ally during the campaign season promising same sex marriage in the Philippines says Senator Risa Hontiveros

2017 PRIDE MARCH. Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered the keynote speech at the 2017 Metro Manila Pride March. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler