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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

Who is the Filipino? The ABCs of LGTBQ+ and SOGIE

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

We talk to Mela Habijan about terms, definitions, and why recognition matters

Duterte wants '3rd restrooms' for LGBTQ+

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:03 PM

But not all LGBTQ+ rights advocates, including Gretchen Diez, think 3rd restrooms are the solution to discrimination

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Provinces of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LGBTQ+ commission proposed during Duterte meeting with Gretchen Diez

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The government is also eyeing an 'LGBTQ+ convention', says Senator Bong Go

MEETING. Gretchen Diez, the trans woman involved in a recent Cubao mall restroom incident, meets President Duterte in Malacañang. Malacañang photo

Gretchen Diez meets Duterte, teases 'surprise' for LGBTQ+ community

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'We are now finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,' says transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez, who earlier urged the President to certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent

MEETING. Transwoman in Cubao mall restroom incident Gretchen Diez meets with President Duterte in Malacañang. Malacañang photo

Vice Ganda urges government to create LGBTQ+ bathrooms

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'Kung hindi kami matatanggap, bigyan kami ng CR. Gusto lang po naming umihi at dumumi. Yun lang yun,' says the TV host

Coming out? Gretchen Diez gives some advice

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Transgender woman Gretchen Diez says she is lucky to have parents who immediately accepted her for who she is. Acceptance by society is another story.

'NO STANDARD.' Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk on Thursday, August 16. Rappler screenshot

SPARK! Philippines to hold mental health talk series on women, LGBTQ+

Aug 16, 2019 - 6:26 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The series is specifically targeted towards women and the LGBTQ+ community who have suffered from mental health issues due to social factors

Gretchen Diez files discrimination complaint vs Araneta Center

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Gretchen Diez asks the Quezon City Pride Council to conduct a formal investigation into the incident

FORMALIZED. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez held a close door meeting at the Quezon City Hall with the Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte along with the pride council to further discuss the ramifications of the implementation of gender neutral facilities, particularly its restrooms that are non discriminatory to the LGBTQ community. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gretchen Diez urges Duterte: Certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

‘Mister President, naumpisahan na natin. Sana ipagpatuloy na natin ang pagpapasa sa SOGIE equality bill,’ says Gretchen Diez

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez at Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on August 16, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Gretchen Diez: 'God is love. Love does not hate, love accepts.'

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'You cannot limit the power of God's creation to only men and women,' says transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot.

Why not use Homo sapiens? 'We have discrimination,' says Gretchen Diez

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:27 PM

'Discrimination is supposed to be a beautiful word, having the ability to identify right easily recognize people. But instead of recognizing people, recognizing differences, we tend to use it against each other,' says Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot

Malacañang: We have to respect LGBTQ+ rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:50 PM

But the Palace is vague on whether it would certify as urgent the SOGIE bill pending in Congress

RESIST TOGETHER. Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community march along the streets of Marikina City on June 29, 2019, to amplify their calls for respect and equality. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Catriona Gray rallies behind Gretchen Diez: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'The whole argument of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse is still victim blaming and is not right,' says Catriona

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Gretchen Diez on living her truth

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

For Gretchen Custodio Diez, the fight for equality is far from over. Watch the interview live on Rappler.

#SOGIEEqualityNow: Transgender restroom issue sparks call for passage of SOGIE bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez triggers public outcry and pressures lawmakers to pursue the anti-discrimination bill

Fire janitress? LGBTQ+ party calls for SOGIE awareness instead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:03 PM

LGBTQ+ Partylist points out how the incident shows a need to improve training and education about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Philippines

SOGIE. LGBTQ+ Partylist calls for the passage of the SOGIE equality bill after the arrest of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a protest on Wednesday, August 14. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

What is QC's ordinance against LGBTQ+ discrimination all about?

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Quezon City's 'most advanced' Gender-Fair Ordinance is friendly to the LGBTQ+ community. The city is said to be the first to pass anything like it.

‘Why not just Homo sapiens?’: Senators confused by LGBTQ+, SOGIE

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III

CONFOUNDED. Senate President Tito Sotto III suggests for one label for all: homo sapiens. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roman to LGBTQ+: 'Demand from gov't what is due us as human beings'

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and the Makabayan bloc formally file a resolution seeking a probe into the harassment of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ rights advocates and Representatives Arlene Brosas (L) and Geraldine Roman (center) hold a press conference on August 14, 2019. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Farmers Plaza apologizes to Gretchen Diez, distances from errant employee

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'We hope this isolated incident, clearly a mistake committed by an agency worker not organic to our company, does not define our lasting good relations with all our customers,' Farmers Plaza management says in a statement

DETAINED. Transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda, Ice Seguerra defend Gretchen Diez: 'Kailan pa kaya lalawak ang pang unawa sa LGBTQ+?'

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'This is a real concern – na hangga't hindi mo pa nararanasan, isasawalang bahala mo lang,' says Ice

Groups to QC gov't: Enforce anti-discrimination ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:14 PM

An incident of discrimination against a transgender woman in Quezon City triggers calls for change from politicians and businesses alike

Joy Belmonte condemns Cubao mall's disregard of QC Gender Fair ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

This comes after the Farmer's Market mall in the Araneta Center blocked trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez from using the women's restroom

FIRM STAND. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte condemns the discrimination gainst Gretchen Custodio Diez. Photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Geraldine Roman vows House probe vs LGBTQ+ discrimination

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'The LGBT community might be a minority, but they are still Filipinos whose rights have to be protected, and we as members of Congress have to stand up for equality,' says Geraldine Roman

ON THE GROUND. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman visits Gretchen Diez after she was arrested. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Trans woman Gretchen Diez: I didn't think I'd be treated like a criminal

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:56 PM

(UPDATED) The janitress who prevented Diez from using a women's restroom drops her complaint against Diez, but the transgender woman vows to 'pursue legal action'

SAFE? This photo shows transgender woman Gretchen Diez at the QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trans woman arrested after being blocked from using women's restroom in Cubao

Aug 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say Gretchen Custodio Diez was arrested for going live on Facebook while inside a female restroom

ARRESTED. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks to reporters after her arrest on Tuesday, August 13. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Murder, 'gay-hunters' strike terror in Russia's LGBT community

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The Pila group promises 'very dangerous and cruel little gifts' to a number of Russia's gay activists

YELENA GRIGORYEVA. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2018 police officers detain LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva at a rally in support of the defendants involved in the New Greatness case in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

Support pours in for trans woman after workplace discrimination tweet

Jul 17, 2019 - 2:29 PM

'It's clearly transphobia. I have been wearing [clothes] appropriately to the best of my understanding. And I have been doing my job well,' says 21-year-old trans woman Aeron Jade Parena

Women's World Cup victory a big win for gay community

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

According to Outsports, around 40 of the women who played in the World Cup are members of the LGBTQ community

BREAKTHROUGH. (from left to right) Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Ali Krieger are vocal about their LGBTQ pride. Photo from Megan Rapinoe's Instagram

U.P. Manila denies workplace discrimination vs transgender professor

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) 'Being LGBTQ+ has never been a consideration in the hiring, renewal, and evaluation for tenure,' says the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics at UP Manila

How religious groups clashed over LGBTQ+ rights at Pride 2019

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Religious groups express different opinions on LGBTQ+ rights on the sidelines of the Philippines' largest Pride March to date

'BE TRANSFORMED'. Members of Jesus is our Shield church holds a protest against Metro Manila Pride March outside Marikina Sports Center on June 30, 2019. Photo by Sophia Sibal/Rappler

Metro Manila Pride to march participants: 'Sorry for inconvenience'

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:07 PM

'We hope you extend your understanding of the situation, in keeping with the safety and security of everyone,' the Metro Manila Pride says in a statement

[OPINION] Pride is coming to an end, now what?

Jun 29, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Pride doesn't have to end in June. Here are 5 suggestions to make every month Pride Month.

WATCH: Binibining Pilipinas queens show support for the LGBTQ+ community

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Saeed leads the queens in this year's call to support the LGBTQ+ community

Bb. Pilipinas during Pride Walk at Araneta Center. Photo by Voltaire Tayag

This is how I cured my 'straightness'

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'The reason I felt compelled to write this article was to remind the Pinoy queer community: love yourselves'

‘Colorful bravery’: LGBTQ+ people on what makes them proud of the community

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Although the community's struggle for genuine equality and acceptance is far from over, LGBTQ+ people remain hopeful and proud

Beyond Pride march, advocates urge LGTBQ+ community to #ResistTogether

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'Pride is a celebration, but it shouldn't stop after that one day of you waving your flags and marching with other human rights groups,' says Nikki Castillo of Metro Manila Pride