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Aaron Carter comes out as bisexual

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:00 AM

This doesn t bring me shame just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off of me Aaron tells fans on Twitter

CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Aaron Carter attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

[Two Pronged] Gay and impotent

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

I m attracted to some women but I ve only had sexual encounters with men – am I gay?

Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Bills vs endo, discrimination, and tax reform top Congress priorities

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use government procurement and creation of the disaster response and management department which the President mentioned in his SONA

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Leaders of the 17th Congress meet on July 26 to discuss their priority measures. Photo sourced by Rappler

Indonesia, Malaysia Muslims call for Starbucks boycott over LGBT stance

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:46 PM

Leaders from Muhammadiyah Indonesia s second biggest mass Muslim organization also urge the government to revoke the company s business license for its stance on lesbian gay bisexual and transgender issues

Starbucks file photo from Wikipedia

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

IN PHOTOS: Why we're #HereTogether

Jun 25, 2017 - 8:30 AM

They came to protest preach and to celebrate diversity and unity

IN PHOTOS: #HereTogether at the 2017 Metro Manila Pride march

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:09 AM

While some see the march as an avenue where they can voice out their concerns others see it as a safe space where they can express themselves without prejudice

#HereTogether: Thousands march for LGBTQ+ community

Jun 24, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Celebrating love and passion the country hosts its biggest pride march of the year

PRIDE MARCH. Thousands attend the 2017 Metro Manila Pride march in Marikina City on Saturday, June 24. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pride March 2017 pushes for solidarity with LGBTQ+ community

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Carrying the theme Here together the 2017 Pride March is scheduled for Saturday June 24

PRIDE MARCH. In this file photo, LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016.

Gender-neutral toilets to be built in LPU Manila

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:03 PM

For advocates installing gender neutral toilets in the Lyceum of the Philippines University is a step towards protecting the rights of the LGBT community in the campus

SOGIE. The Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila approves the creation of its first gender-neutral restroom, a unisex public toilet that caters to people of any gender or gender identity.

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

After 17 years, LGBT anti-discrimination bill up for Senate debate

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

It is the first time an anti discrimination bill reaches the Senate plenary

'HISTORIC.' After nearly 2 decades, a bill prohibiting discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community finally reaches the Senate plenary and is now up for debate. File photo by Rappler

Businessmen for Duterte, Dick Gordon, Nobel Prize | 6PM wRap

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

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

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

US condemns Indonesian anti-LGBT statements

Aug 12, 2016 - 2:17 PM

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says Washington is closely monitoring reports of possible measures in Indonesia that would restrict the freedom of expression for LGBTI individuals

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

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

Obama issues school rules on transgender bathroom use

May 14, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The move triggers an instant backlash from conservatives who perceive it as a threat to children s well being with a top Texas official refusing to comply with Obama s blackmail

SCHOOL RULES. President Barack Obama's administration tells schools they must let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, taking an intensifying battle over civil rights to the national stage. Obama file photo from the White House

Netizens question Noli de Castro for 'discriminatory' remark

May 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Veteran broadcaster Noli de Castro earns the ire of many netizens after supposedly making a discriminatory remark against Bataan 1st District Representative elect Geraldine Roman

Cebu gay politician: It's not gender but track record that matters

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Gay politician from Cebu seeks a seat in the city council to represent the LGBT community

#PugadBaboy: Masahol sa hayop

Feb 20, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Senatorial bets: Different stands on same-sex unions

Feb 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Some of those running to be lawmakers disagree with Pacquiao s barb against gays unions but are themselves opposed to such relationships or have no opinion on the issue

CAUGHT IN CONTROVERSY. Filipino boxer and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao at the campaign launch of the opposition party led by Vice President Jejomar Binay on February 9, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao s stand on same sex marriage and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

While she s against same sex marriage Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are worse than animals

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

The 'sub-humanity' of Manny Pacquiao

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Alam mo kung ano ang mas masahol sa hayop? Ang magnakaw sa taumbayan katulad ng hindi mo pagtupad sa tungkulin mo bilang hinalal na opisyal

SUBHUMAN. Does Manny Pacquiao's comment comparing people in same-sex unions to animals create a hierarchy of who deserves or does not deserve basic rights? Image courtesy of Emil Mercado

Ex-Dominican head on LGBTs: ‘Everybody’s on their journey’

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Asking gays ‘what they’re doing in bed’ is none of his business Father Timothy Radcliffe says on the sidelines of the International Eucharistic Congress

Aiza Seguerra's wife Liza Diño reacts to 'homophobic' comments

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Liza and Aiza are criticized over their plan to undergo in vitro fertilization

#PHVote: Will anyone ever mention the LGBT community?

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The first candidate to mention his or her support of equal rights for LGBT community will be the wisest one It means that he or she supports minorities and believes in equality for all Filipino citizens

Transgenders: Legally non-existent?

Jun 30, 2015 - 7:32 PM

It s claimed that Valkyrie is acting within its rights when it discriminates people who can enter its private property even if the basis of discrimination is one s gender No law was violated hence the public should tone down its outrage

Valkyrie lifts no-cross-dressing policy

Jun 30, 2015 - 6:09 PM

To all my LGBT friends I am happy to announce that we are all welcome to enter the club

Transgender 'turns gay' to please father

May 29, 2015 - 4:22 PM

A bill seeking to address discrimination against gays is pending in Congress

START YOUNG. Geena Rocero (center) poses for a photo with local LGBT youth. Photo by Ian Nicolas Cigara/ Rappler

SC asked: Allow same-sex marriage in PH

May 25, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The 31 page petition highlights the need for a more LGBT inclusive society and is the first known and reported legal action of its kind before the Philippine High Court

Is PH ready for lesbian TV?

May 13, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Misrepresentation and marginalization are the main reasons why gay women are underrepresented not just in the media but in general

Graphics from Shutterstock

Thoughts on same-sex marriage over brunch

Mar 19, 2015 - 7:47 AM

A piece of paper will not make a difference in how much they love each other but it will make a huge difference in being able to own and share property visit each other in the hospital or pass on an inheritance should one die

CBCP on anti-discrimination bill: Gender is 'God's gift'

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Bishops support a law against second class treatment for the LGBT but air reservations about the right to choose one s gender among other things

FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION. Lawmakers in the Philippines want to make it illegal to discriminate against the LGBT community. Photo from Shutterstock

#ShowThePope: How Filipinos treat LGBTs

Dec 28, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Netizens ShowThePope two faces of the Philippines when it comes to gay rights: sometimes breeding discrimination sometimes open and loving

GAY RIGHTS. Participating in Rappler's #ShowThePope, Twitter users Raffy Magno (@raffymagno) and Jeff Crisostomo (@jeffcrisostomo) send entries related to the LGBT community. Screen grabs from Twitter

Manila pride: When pride is all about love

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:27 PM

The LGBT community and their families and friends gather to celebrate 20 years of the Metro Manila Pride March

Photo by Bruno Exiomo

Pride SPEAKS: Bente and Beyond

Nov 28, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Thirsty for inspiration? In the mood to be moved by powerful stories of leadership struggle and love? Join us on Saturday November 29 at Miriam College for Pride SPEAKS

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan

Oct 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

Gay rights supporters urge the parliament to speed up the passing of the bill to legalize same sex marriage

Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei waves a rainbow flag on the rooftop of a building during a rally in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 25, 2014. Photo by David Chang/EPA

PH+SocialGood: Using technology to maximize women's impact

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:26 PM

As female leaders we need to remember that our differences are our strengths They are not excuses says Sheila Marcelo CEO and founder of care com

WOMAN UP. Sheila Marcelo asks: 'Why can’t I be both loving and tough?' Photo by Rappler