Pride month - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Pride month


The week in photos: June 30-July 6, 2018

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:55 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan with his face painted with the flags of England and Colombia cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

WATCH: Meet the sign language interpreters of Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Get to know the 3 sign language interpreters who helped Metro Manila Pride 2018's deaf community #RiseUpTogether


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

[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?

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

IN PHOTOS: Same-sex couples wed under LGBTs Christian Church

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The LGBTs Christian Church, a religious organization, hopes that the State will eventually legalize same-sex marriage

[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

#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

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

Cagayan de Oro celebrates Pride Month through literature

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: A book launch and poetry night are set for June 29 in Cagayan de Oro City

This is a press release from Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro

LGBTQ+ community takes pride to Mindanao

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that it’s about time to rise together against discrimination, exclusion, and violence,' says Mindanao Pride founder, Hamilcar Chanjueco

MINDANAO PRIDE. The logo of Mindanao Pride. Image from Mindanao Pride Facebook page

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

WATCH: Can boys play with dolls?

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:47 AM

Meet Angelo an 8 year old boy who loves art books and dolls Here’s why children should be allowed to express themselves free from all forms of discrimination

#FridayFeels: Sa 'yo na ang korona

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:17 PM

On this Pride month we celebrate steadfast friendships and relationships

U.S. Pinoys join celebration as San Mateo County Pride Center opens

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The Pride Center is a space where the diversity of our community can share stories build relationships learn grow create and heal together Program Director Lisa Putkey says

Program Director Lisa Putkey invites the community to come together. Photo from Cherie Querol Moreno

'Free, anonymous, fast' HIV testing set on May 29

May 24, 2016 - 11:36 AM

The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes inclusive of counseling on safer sex practices to lower the risk of HIV infection as well as an explanation on the results of the test

Posters from LoveYourself Inc

IN PHOTOS: Caitlyn Jenner, Ian McKellen, and more at NYC Pride Parade

Jun 29, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Stars celebrate after the US Supreme Court declares gay marriage legal

Passion, hard work, and perfection in a cookie

Jun 28, 2015 - 9:52 AM

In life you will undergo a lot of trial and errors My life is like baking cookies When I decided to come out and tell the world that I am gay I know that I am prepared

Cy Ynares (The Bald Baker) takes his time formulating the perfect recipe for his cookies. Just like his decision of coming out and admitting that he is gay, Cy took time and let himself out of the hypothetical cocoon.

For the LGBT community, pride is the opposite of shame

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:15 AM

LGBT pride means claiming that our lives relationships and families are valid It s showing the world that we are not afraid that we will no longer hide and feel embarrassed for who we are and who we love

The beautiful dad

Jun 21, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The story of Ed his wife and their children

HELPING HAND. Ed talks to his wife to assist him in his business. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Pride Carnivale

Jun 21, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Rainbow racers brave afternoon showers

The organizers deemed the event a success.

Two men in love: Finding him via Facebook and God

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Two LGBT rights advocates share their journey across the interwebs the Ilocos sand dunes Manila and LA before finally suiting up in a pair of yellow Barong Tagalogs for their Holy Union

How to be a true friend to LGBT folks

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Don t claim to be a friend without taking the responsibility of friendship This includes protecting your friends happiness and supporting their lives

Short and sweet: Grandma's reaction to same-sex love

Jun 13, 2015 - 9:30 AM

A young woman recalls the day she introduced her girlfriend to her 84 year old grandmother

IN PHOTOS: Becoming Venice

Jun 08, 2015 - 10:00 AM

It is in her own realization that she is of age and not getting any younger in her recognition of not wanting to have any regrets later on in life and the importance of fulfilling her need to express herself she delved into learning the art form of Drag

Kiev gay rights march ends in injuries, arrests

Jun 06, 2015 - 7:07 PM

The scuffles broke out when the police tried to keep a few dozen young men who had jumped out of a bus bearing Right Sektor insignia from attacking the peaceful marchers

PRIDE. A masked gay activist takes part in the first Gay Pride March in Kiev, under the eye of the riot police since fighting with pro-Moscow rebels broke out. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Bulabog: Gays among flowers

Jun 06, 2015 - 4:46 PM

PJ poses for the camera as the cat calling and taunting are drowned by applause and cheers from people amused by his show

BULABOG. PJ stands under an arch full of flowers as he prepares for a photo shoot. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Reimagining love and pride

Jun 28, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Yes we need a world that loves the LGBT people – but first we need a world that knows how to love

Graphic by Jessica Lazaro/

Singapore gay rights rally to kick off despite opposition

Jun 28, 2014 - 6:18 PM

The carnival like rally draws a diverse array of straight and gay participants decked out in bright pink attire including hats and even facial hair dyed in the color organizers picked to represent the freedom to love

LGBT RIGHTS. In this file photo taken on June 30, 20102, participants wave pink flashlights in the air at a gay rights rally called Pink Dot in central Singapore. Over 15,000 people participated in Pink Dot that year to form a human circle illuminated by pink flashlights to draw attention to the battle against sexual discrimination. Photo by Stephen Morrison/ EPA

Gay and proud in June and all year round

Jun 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

We get tired too of trying to explain our advocacy but it’s during these times that we become more determined in winning the battle against discrimination

STONEWALL RIOTS. The historic Stonewall Riots in New York inspired LGBTs and gender rights advocates around the world to finally stand up what is right. Graphic by Mara Mercado/

50 things you need to be told

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:00 AM

With June being Pride Month and also my birth month here are some unsolicited life tips from someone who s lived loved and lost

Photo wRap: The Supermoon and #LoveIsLove

Jun 30, 2013 - 12:51 PM

A lot of Instagram worthy both good and bad things happened this week and we ve rounded them up for you

UP students celebrate pride month with LGBT community

Jun 27, 2013 - 10:51 PM

It’s pride month and some student groups in the University of the Philippines celebrate with the LGBT community

The day 'equal' became real

Jun 27, 2013 - 8:26 AM

For the first time in history same sex marriages have the same chances and protections as any heterosexual marriage

Rainbow-colored Oreo divides cookie's fans

Jun 27, 2012 - 10:56 AM

A post on Oreo s Facebook page gets both positive and negative responses especially since LGBT issues are hot button topics