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[OPINION] 'A storm rages outside': The challenges of being transgender

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

I trusted that the friends I have would be accepting of me, and sure enough, they were. I wish I could say the same for my family, though.

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

The power of Pink Dot, Singapore's LGBTQ+ movement, lies in its rejection

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:16 PM

What happens after the music dies and the lights go out on Pink Dot?

Why the term 'bakla' can be more closeting than liberating for some

Jun 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Growing up with the tag of bakla weighs heavily on the shoulders of many, due to the expectations of who the bakla should be,' says sociology professor Athena Charanne Presto

#LabanHermie: U.P. community stands in solidarity with transwoman professor

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Using #LabanHermie, #NoToDiscriminationInUP, and #SolidarityWithHermie, the University of the Philippines community rallies support for transwoman professor Hermie Monterde

‘How hard is it to be seen as human?'

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:45 PM

How do we truly foster acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community?

U.P. transwoman professor talks about workplace discrimination

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

'Our personal experience, after all, is a political fight. And it is every person’s right to be fully protected by both law and practice,' says University of the Philippines Assistant Professor Hermie Monterde

Brazil's president says criminalizing homophobia could 'hurt' gays

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Speaking to reporters, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says employers would 'think twice' before hiring a gay person for fear they could be accused of homophobia

WIN FOR LGTB. The Supreme Court says crimes against gay and transgender people is similar to racism. AFP file photo

Cuban police break up unauthorized LGBT rights march in Havana

May 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Police disperse LGBT activists who were protesting the cancellation of a parade against homophobia in Cuba

Cuban LGTBI demonstrators march at the Prado avenue in Havana, on May 11, 2019. - More than a hundred people participated in a demonstration for the LGBT rights in Havana on Saturday, an activity unauthorized by the government, amid tensions with the police. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

May 11, 2019 - 11:16 AM

While the country's sultan announced this week that such measures would not be enforced, the country remains on the defensive at a rare review of its record at the United Nations Human Rights Council

PROTEST. Gay activists kiss as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP

Secrets and crimes: Gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The South Korean military classes openly gay men in its ranks as having 'special needs' and campaigners say it actively pursues soldiers who have consensual same-sex intercourse with each other

ON DUTY. South Korean soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge, as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on November 22, 2018. File photo by Kim Min-Hee / POOL / AFP

Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Some 600 revellers party under a blazing sun as the discreet community slowly emerges into the limelight in a country where gay sex remains illegal

PRIDE. Members of the Myanmar's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community sit while they take part in the Yangon Pride festival in Yangon on January 26, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

'Don't force' LGBT rights on Malaysia, says Mahathir

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian prime minister say, 'we do not accept LGBT but if they (the West) want to accept, that is their business. Don't force it on us'

NO TO WESTERN VALUES.Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/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

Trump scraps blanket transgender military ban, major restrictions remain

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security 'may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals,' says the memorandum

LGBT defenders face escalated attacks in Indonesia – report

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:00 AM

A report by international watchdog Front Line Defenders found that defenders of LGBT rights in Muslim-majority Indonesia, face escalating attacks ranging from defamation on social media to torture and sexual assault

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19, 2015. Under Aceh Sharia law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Indonesia police force 'manly makeover' on transgender beauticians

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Police lop off some of the beautiicians' long hair with scissors as well as force the group to wear male clothing and speak in a masculine voice

Malaysian transgender conversion plan sparks alarm

Dec 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Participation in the conversion therapy course would be voluntary, says a Terengganu state official. LGBT activists condemn the plans.

Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of 'homophobic and abusive behavior'

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The actress said that the 'X-Men' director outed her publicly on set without her consent

ELLEN PAGE. The actress joins the wave of women who have come forward against director Brett Ratner. Screengrab from Facebook.com/EllenPage

Thousands march in London for gay Pride milestone

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:38 AM

This year s Pride Parade also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales

PRIDE PARADE. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London on July 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Foreigners banned as Singapore holds gay rights rally

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:13 PM

The Singaporean government has also banned overseas companies from providing sponsorship to this year s Pink Dot rally

'PINK DOT' RALLY. A supporter wrapped in a rainbow flag attends the annual "Pink Dot" event in a public show of support for the LGBT community at Hong Lim Park in Singapore on July 1, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel's ruling coalition

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:40 PM

The reform would grant full marital rights including child adoption to gay and lesbian couples who in Germany are now only able to enter so called civil unions

MARRIAGE RIGHTS. This file photo taken on April 30, 2017 shows activists stretching a giant rainbow banner in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, during a demonstration calling on the Russian President to put an end to the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.  File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

End gendered uniform restrictions for LGBT students

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:06 PM

As anti discrimination legislation languishes in Congress removing uniform and hair length restrictions is an easy place for schools to start protecting their students from discrimination

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Contestants are invited to submit a video clip addressing various categories including gayness or gender confusion

GAY PREVENTION. The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The two men aged 20 and 23 were caught on video naked in a room together by a neighbor

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker dead at 65

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Baker came up with the iconic 8 colored banner for San Francisco s 1978 gay freedom day a precursor to the modern pride festival having taught himself to sew in his 20s

File photo from Wikipedia

Lawmakers vote on deal to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM

UPDATED The so called bathroom bill which has drawn intense controversy since it was debated in 2015 and narrowly passed by the state last March is slated Thursday March 30 for a series of repeal votes in the state legislature

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays but marriage is only for man and woman under the law

Frank Ocean sued by own father over LGBT rights

Feb 04, 2017 - 11:06 AM

Frank Ocean s father is suing him because of Frank s comments about him after the Orlando massacre

FRANK OCEAN. The singer is sued by his own father over LGBT rights. File photo shows Frank during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

FEU students can now cross-dress on campus

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:52 AM

FEU students are now free to express themselves through their choice of clothes as long as they wear their uniforms

BB Gandanghari on life after legally becoming a woman

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:12 PM

I finally feel that I exist that I m on record and yes that I m alive says BB

PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity

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Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Minority lawmakers oppose same-sex unions in PH

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony is not pleasant to look at

AGAINST. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (left), Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza (2nd from right), and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr (right) explain why their bloc opposes same-sex unions. Only Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (2nd from left) support it. File photos by Rappler

Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman a transwoman says it s about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same sex couples

LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is also a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Same-sex civil marriage bill may 'divide' House – minority lawmakers

Oct 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Legislators agree that the bill Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez plans to file will spark an intelligent deliberation on LGBT rights at the House of Representatives

LGBT RIGHTS. A couple kisses during the 22nd Manila Pride March in June 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Alvarez wants same-sex civil marriage in PH

Oct 03, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the LGBT community should not be deprived of happiness Bakit naman di natin suportahan?

UN holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns countries that criminalize homosexuality they are bucking the tide of history

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the high-level side event of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Core Group 'Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT Equality,' at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Emotional Roman urges Congress to pass anti-discrimination bill

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman the country s first transgender congresswoman recalls how her late macho politician father fully supported his transgender child

FIRST SPEECH. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman delivers her first privilege speech on September 19. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' website

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida

People celebrate the Christopher-Street-Day parade on July 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.   / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maja Hitij / Germany OUT

Pride March 2016: 'Golden Gays' looking for a home

Jun 27, 2016 - 2:16 PM

An LGBT group stands out during the annual Manila Pride March Clad in lavish gowns bright makeup and colorful wigs the lolas from the Home for the Golden Gays joyfully wave to the crowd and pose for photos

UNITY. Golden Lolas pose for a picture as they wait for the parade to start. The Lolas joined in the annual Pride March together with other lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups. Photo by Tessa Barre/ Rappler

Respecting LGBTQIA, celebrating pride

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Certainly the child bullied because of gender expressions that run afoul of community norms wishes only to be ordinary not to stand out

You cannot kill LGBTQ pride

Jun 16, 2016 - 11:17 AM

We are born who we are loving who we do fabulous and beautiful the way we were meant to We mind our own business yet it becomes our problem when our nature stirs in you a desire to see us die

Bolivia enacts law letting transsexuals change ID documents

May 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Who are we to judge and to deny someone who wants to modify their sexual identity? says Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia

epa05322356 A handout picture provided by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera (C) signing the Law of Gender Identity accompanied by Bolivian President of Senate Jose Alberto Gonzales (L) and Bolivian President of Deputy Chamber Gabriela Montano (R) in La Paz, Bolivia, 21 May 2016. The law permits transexual and transgender people to change their names and gender in their identification documents. EPA/ABI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

'Tick here please': Changing gender in Norway gets easier

May 15, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Under a proposed new bill hailed by activists as one of the most liberal in the world people who want to change gender in Norway would no longer be required to undergo any physical transformation

LGBT RIGHTS. John Jeanette Solstad Remo shows a picture of herself as she worked as a submarine captain at her home in Oslo, on April 20, 2016. She has always felt like a woman, although she was assigned male sex at birth. She now fights for a law that will allow transgender people to get legal recognition of their gender by making a simple declaration. Photo by Fredrik Varfjell/ AFP

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May 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Who among the VP bets will support divorce?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The Philippines is the only country in the world without divorce Will this change come 2016?

Where do VP bets stand on RH law, women?

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Of the 6 vice presidential candidates only two are against the reproductive health law