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'Pride 20' fights back, accuses MPD of illegal arrest, sexual harassment

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:11 PM

'Gamit ang dahas, pananakot, at pananakit, pa-traidor na binuwag nila ang aming mapayapang pagkilos,' says the so-called Pride 20 in their complaint against 32 Manila policemen

RELEASE. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march in Mendiola, Manila were released on June 30 at the Manila Police District headquarters. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila Pride protesters freed, to sue police

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Expect that we will file countercharges against the Manila police,' says Bahaghari's Rey Valmores-Salinas

RELEASED. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march and protest in Mendiola, Manila, last June 26, are released on Tuesday, June 30. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Being trans in tech: Championing equality with Google’s Melai Lopez

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Never let anyone tell them that they do not belong in a certain space'

'Sulong 'wag patinag': In a pandemic, Metro Manila Pride 2020 goes online

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

No virus can stop the rainbow flag from flying

‘Resist injustice’: Newly sworn lawyer helps detained Pride protesters

Jun 27, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Bernardo says the protesters asked for his legal advice prior to the short gathering and during its planning

‘Is this the new normal?’ Catriona Gray questions Pride march arrests

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:29 PM

‘Now is the time to speak up,’ Miss Universe 2018 urges her followers

'PRIDE IS A PROTEST.' LGBTQ+ groups hold a Pride March protest in Mendiola, Manila on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'Hindi makatarungan': Artists, celebrities speak out vs arrest of Pride march protesters

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:06 PM

On social media, several artists and celebrities condemn the arrests and call for the release of the protesters

ARREST. Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride march protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Netizens call to free detained Pride protesters: ‘Pride is protest’

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Using the hashtag #FreePride20, netizens express disbelief over the arrest of 20 protesters on Friday, June 26

C’mon guys, it’s 2020: Debunking LGBTQ+ stereotypes

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:18 PM

To this day, LGBTQ+ members still experience prejudice and endure stereotypes that may harm them

At least 20 arrested at Pride march in Manila

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nasa batas iyan na bawal iyan,' police tell the protesters, who observed physical distancing and wore face masks

Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride March protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Robredo tells LGBTQ+ in positions of power to ‘use your influence to change mindsets'

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:15 PM

'Push lang nang push, mga besh!' Vice President Leni Robredo tells the community as she asks them to continue doing small but concrete steps to promote gender equality

PRIDE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her Pride Month message in a Facebook Live video on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

73% of Filipinos think 'homosexuality should be accepted by society' – report

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Philippines' acceptance of homosexuality did not change between 2013 and 2019, according to a Pew Research survey

LOOK: PRIDE PARADE – Hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ+) cordilleras were joinef by their colleagues from Manila, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan supporters parade from the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) campus down to Session road for the 13th Pride march on November 23, 2019. Their message: love has no gender, let love be. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Here's how you can march for Pride and help LGBTQ+ communities during pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Through the March for Pride website, advocates and members of the LGBTQ+ can lead their own Pride marches from the safety of their homes

These LGBTQ+ films are streaming on iWant for Cinema One Originals' Pride Film Festival

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:06 PM

You can now stream '2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten,' 'Shift,' and 'Changing Partners' for free from June 19 to July 20

2 COOL 2 BE FORGOTTEN. The Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Film winner is streaming for free on iWant. Screenshot from YouTube.com/hilpetersen

Raven-Symoné ties the knot with girlfriend

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The 'That's So Raven' star weds her girlfriend Miranda Maday during a private backyard wedding ceremony

Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne defend transgender people following JK Rowling's anti-trans tweets

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The actors both appeared in films in the 'Harry Potter' universe

ALLIES. Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne voice their support for transgender people following anti-trans tweets by 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling. Photos by Chris Delmas/AFP and Andy Rain/EPA

No Pride march? Here are other activities to celebrate Pride 2020

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) Straying away from an extravagant Pride march due to quarantine restrictions, the Filipino LGBTQ+ community continues to celebrate Pride month through various activities online. Here are some you can join.

Daniel Radcliffe speaks up in support of transgender, nonbinary persons

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:04 PM

The 'Boy Who Lived' releases a statement through the Trevor Project – an organization that provides support for LGBTQ+ youth

ALLY. Daniel Radcliffe affirms his support for transgender and nonbinary people in a statement released through the Trevor Project. Shutterstock file photo

Ian Veneracion on daughter's coming out: 'Don't ever be apologetic about it'

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:59 PM

The actor and his wife fully support their only daughter, who came out as a lesbian when she was 16

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ian Veneracion and daughter Deirdre talk about how she came out to him when she was 16 years old. Screenshot from YouTube.com/ABSCBNOnline

Fury as Kanye West hymn service pushes out transgender show

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:59 PM

French performer Phia Menard's show is canceled to make way for one of Kanye's 'Sunday Service' gospel hymn sessions

Bollywood's first gay romcom: Loud, proud, and sealed with a kiss

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The director of Bollywood's first gay romcom 'Be Extra Careful About Marriage' says the 'controversial subject matter' had to be made 'accessible' to the public through humor

LGBTQ+ groups hit Oplan X-Men’s ‘targeted harassment’ against transgender women

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Camp Queer points out 'Oplan X-Men' is only one example of the routine denial of transgender people's right to exist in public spaces

2 Makati cops fired over alleged ‘transgender profiling’

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) Makati City police chief Rogelio Simon confirms that Patrolman Timmy Paez and Police Corporal Juliel Atal are relieved from their posts

Dwyane Wade reveals his 12-year-old a transgender child

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade proves to be an All-Star father as well

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Dwyane Wade recalls how his child Zion, now called Zaya, came out to him. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Dutch beauty Youtuber Nikkie Tutorials unveils herself as transgender woman

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'Filming this video is scary but it feels so liberating and freeing,' says Nikkie

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

After ‘Tala’ revival, Sarah G thanks the LGBT community, teases ‘Tala 2.0’

Dec 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

A new version of ‘Tala’? Yes, please!

TALA. Sarah Geronimo's 2016 song and it's now-iconic dance sequence are at the center of an internet craze. Screenshot from YouTube.com/vivamusicgroup1

Mindanao Pride's loud message in silent protest: 'Human rights for all'

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Veering away from the usual vibrant festivities, the 2019 Mindanao Pride March is a silent protest that highlighted issues involving the LGBTQ+ community

SILENT PROTEST. The 2019 Mindanao Pride March seeks to highlight issues experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community through a silent protest at the Rodelsa Circle in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, December 22. Photo from SPARK Philippines

J.K. Rowling sparks outrage over anti-transgender comments

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling tweets her support for Maya Forstater, a UK researcher who was fired over insisting that 'it is impossible to change sex'

Everyone welcome? Gay football fans prepare for FIFA World Cup

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have travelled to Britain in recent months to meet Liverpool fan clubs, including the side's gay supporters' group

FOOTBALL SPECTACLE. Despite criminalizing homosexuality, Qatar seems to have opened its doors to LGBT fans for the 2020 FIFA World Cup.


#RespetoNaman movement launches campaign vs gender-based violence

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The #RespetoNaman anniversary commemoration features an 18-day campaign to end violence against women by further educating Filipinos on gender-based violence issues

ENOUGH: SPARK! Executive Director Maica Teves announces #RespetoNaman’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women as part of the movement’s first anniversary of advocating for gender equality. Photo by Bianca Arreola

Majority of Filipinos believe trans women shouldn't use ladies' toilet – SWS

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The Social Weather Stations holds the survey over a month after transgender woman Gretchen Diez was barred from using the ladies' toilet at a Cubao mall

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Actor Alex Diaz: 'Never again will I be shackled by fear'

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The actor speaks up after he is outed by someone else on social media

WATCH: All hail the queens of Philippine drag

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Wigs snatched, mugs fully painted, corsets laced, and heels on point, these drag queens are breaking barriers and using drag not only as a platform for self-expression and art, but also for social commentary

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

Man arrested, charged for killing transgender Filipina in Australia

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Australian police confirm to Rappler the arrest and indictment of a man for killing transgender Filipina Mhelody Polan Bruno

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia, while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page

Transgender Filipina killed in Australia while on vacation

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Mhelody Polan Bruno was about to return to the Philippines, but she was killed just a week before her flight home

BREADWINNER. Mhelody Polan Bruno is killed in Wagga Wagga, Australia while on vacation. Photo from Bruno's Facebook page.

Killers of transgender woman in Pangasinan surrender to police

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The two suspects in the killing of Jessa Remiendo, one of them a minor, surrender to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office

KILLED. Jessa Remiendo is found dead and bloodied by the beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Sourced photo

Transgender woman hacked to death in Pangasinan

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Jessa Remiendo is known as one of the kindest trans women in Pangasinan. She was found dead on Patar Beach in Bolinao.

KILLED. Jessa Remiendo is found dead and bloodied by the beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. Sourced photo

UP Pride 2019 bolsters calls for system-wide SOGIE policy

Sep 15, 2019 - 3:54 PM

With the call #UPTowardsEquality and #SOGIEEqualityNOW, the University of the Philippines community marches for a university system-wide SOGIESC policy

Is it dangerous or about love? Church groups split over SOGIE bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Koko Alviar of the Aglipayan Church says his faith teaches him to 'exist in a community of love.' Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines lawyer Lyndon Caña argues that gender identity is a mere 'feeling' and not a fact.

OPPOSE. Attorney Lyndon Cana of the Coalition of Concerned Families of the Philippines speaks at the Senate hearing to oppose the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Equality (SOGIE) bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: 'If you are a man, you will never be a woman'

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains that the SOGIE equality bill, in its current form, is not likely to get enough support in the Senate

OPPOSING? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE Equality bill may face opposition in the upper chamber. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fight for same-sex marriage in PH still alive despite Supreme Court ruling

Sep 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

'(The ruling) did not resolve anything about same sex marriage, the opinions expressed there will not be controlling,' says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the oral arguments on a petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Watch the Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill live on Rappler

A look at SOGIE anti-discrimination laws around the world

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all

PRIDE. Thousands were gathered at Taipei's Gay Pride parade on October 27 – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the island. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Eddie Villanueva claims SOGIE bill 'threatens' freedoms of non-LGBTQ+

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'What happens to a Christian like me...if we are to be threatened by punishment every time we share our Bible-based beliefs on matters of transgenders and homosexuals?' asks Brother Eddie Villanueva

ANTI-SOGIE EQUALITY. CIBAC Representative and Brother Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church, is among the conservative members of the 18th Congress. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: SOGIE equality in the Philippines

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle

"They're lucky they're more free now, unlike us before when we had to hide", said Ruel Mendiola, who imitates actress Cherry Pie Picache.

Gretchen Diez comes out

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:03 PM

She's the new poster girl of the Philippine LGBTQ+ movement. Arrested and shamed for needing to use the toilet. This is her story.

Transgender woman at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] SOGIEnomics: Why fighting for LGBTQ+ rights makes economic sense

Aug 22, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly

Philippine Ports Authority to set up 'all gender' restrooms in seaport terminals

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago says the facilities will be completed and usable by the end of August

ALL GENDER RESTROOMS. The Philippine Ports Authority will be setting up all gender restrooms in line with their goal of gender sensitivity and inclusivity. Photo from Shutterstock