House passes SOGIE equality bill on final reading

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The landmark bill awaits its counterpart measure from the Senate

FINALLY. Legislators who supported and pushed for the SOGIE equality bill post for a picture as it was approved on 3rd and final reading. Screengrab from House livestream

Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Jollibee apologizes to 'genderqueer' for discrimination at main office

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Netizens slam Jollibee Food Corp for allegedly discriminating against a member of the LGBT community

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the Lumad?

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:04 PM

On International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples know more about the Lumad and their plight in this infographic

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

Subconscious bigotry: When you associate Muslims with terrorism

Jul 15, 2017 - 11:15 AM

I posit that in the deepest recesses of the non Moro’s psyche he has some distrust hate or even a feeling of separation simply because his Moro friend is a Muslim

I’m not from one of the best schools. So what?

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:15 AM

No one should be discriminated against on the basis of what he or she has achieved because most of the time achievements are made possible by opportunities which not a lot of us have

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED It is the 3rd year in a row that the parade for LGBT rights has been banned by Turkish authorities

A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

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

British gay woman launches rights appeal in Hong Kong

Jun 15, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The woman known to the court only as QT was refused a spousal visa because she is in a same sex partnership

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 26, 2016 shows participants of Hong Kong's annual pride parade walking through the streets with a large rainbow flag.  Major international finance institutions in Hong Kong made a landmark intervention on June 7, 2017 in the case of a gay couple struggling to get their rights recognised by the city's courts. / AFP PHOTO / Aaron TAM

LGBTQ activists: We are tolerated but not accepted in the Philippines

May 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The LGBTQ community says there is a lack of protections for them in schools and workplaces and stereotypes against them persist

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

Women empowerment not about competing with men – Robredo

May 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Sometimes it is about collaboration rather than leading Sometimes it is about following and encouraging others to follow as well says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo gives a speech during the She for She: A Forum on Women's Solidarity on theme of sharing values and human rights, particularly on women's rights, held at the Century Mall in Makati May 16, 2017. (Photo by OVP)

Trump administration insists U.S. travel ban not anti-Muslim

May 09, 2017 - 2:49 PM

The hearing came as Trump seeks to bounce back from a series of stinging judicial defeats over his controversial effort to bar travelers from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries

NEW ARRIVALS. Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Traveler recounts Igorot discrimination incident by bus company

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Napeek s Facebook post about a bus of Solid North Transport Incorporated sparks action from the LTFRB

A FELLOW TRAVELER. In this Facebook screenshot, Aldrin Napeek takes a snapshot of a fellow Igorot in traditional garb waiting for the bus.

DepEd seeks justice for raped students

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED The education department also asks the community to be vigilant and proactive in preventing and deterring incidents that result in the abuse exploitation and discrimination against children

What women worldwide owe Leticia Ramos-Shahani

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

If the women of the world today enjoy what is known as the bill of human rights for women the whole world owes it to Leticia Ramos Shahani Ambassador Rosario Manalo says

WOMEN'S WARRIOR. A portrait of the late Leticia Ramos Shahani is displayed at the Department of Foreign Affairs on March 24, 2017, to pay tribute to the veteran diplomat who fought for women's rights. Screen grab from Rappler video

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

Saya diejek dan dipukuli hanya karena menjadi gay

Mar 01, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Pada Hari Tanpa Diskriminasi penulis berharap diskriminasi terhadap kaum LGBT tidak terjadi lagi

Berani bersuara pada Hari Tanpa Diskriminasi 2017

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:50 AM

“Diskriminasi ditandai ketika seseorang diberi perlakuan yang tidak adil Perlakuan tersebut menyebabkan ia kehilangan haknya ”

India demands 'strongest action' from U.S. after Kansas killing

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu says incidents involving racial discrimination will dent the image of the United States

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:20 AM

They warn there is a higher risk that transgender youth would be exposed to violence after the Trump administration overturned Obama era federal protections

People take part in rally outside the Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement, on February 23, 2017 in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, demanding to maintain protection for transgender and gender non-conforming people. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR

Tanzania threatens to publish 'list of gay people'

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The country s deputy health minister says the government is investigating the homosexuality syndicate and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the gay sex business

PH military may soon have its 1st transgender officer

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:49 AM

Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman expresses her intent to join the AFP reserve corps The military welcomes it

REPRESENTATIVE. Geraldine Roman makes Philippine history as the first transgender member of the House of Representatives. Photo from Geraldine Roman's Facebook page

'Islamophobia' fueling terrorism – UN chief

Feb 13, 2017 - 1:15 AM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the expression of Islamophobic feelings is sometimes the best support that ISIS can have for its propaganda

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, arrive to hold a joint press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on February 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

DOLE issues IRR for anti-age discrimination law

Feb 11, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Republic Act 10911 passed into law in August 2016 prohibits employers from hiring workers based on age

Jason Derulo calls out American Airlines for 'racial discrimination'

Feb 09, 2017 - 11:36 PM

Jason Derulo says he was met by 15 police officers after he asked to deplane due to having to pay 6000 for excess baggage

Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle

Jan 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED A federal judge blocks part of President Donald Trump s temporary immigration ban ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports

Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam/Getty Images/AFP

Muslims barred from flights to U.S., as others detained

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump s order to ban entry into the US travelers from Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria and Yemen sparks widespread international criticism and personal heartache

'LET THEM IN' Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Imposing vanity tax 'discriminatory’ vs women – Quimbo

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says excise tax is usually imposed on luxury items or those that pose health risks neither of which apply on beauty products and services

NO TO VANITY TAX. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo does not think the DOF should impose excise taxes on beauty products and services. Photo by Rappler

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

[DASH of SAS] Brown is the color of my skin and passport

Oct 29, 2016 - 7:31 PM

My passport may dictate which countries I can freely enter but it will never ever dictate how far I will go

Pledging unity in diversity: 88 years later

Oct 28, 2016 - 4:38 PM

Today what does ‘unity in diversity’ mean in a country with a population of 260 million rich with culture traditions and beliefs? Discrimination and intolerance exists because it is being allowed to exist

UNITY. Indonesian students and military personnel look at a giant Indonesian national flag hoisted on the National Monument, locally known as Monas, during a flag raising ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 December 2014. EPA/MAST IRHAM

Serena Williams vows no 'silence' on social injustice

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:27 PM

I realized we must stride on – for it s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go says the tennis superstar

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during their 2016 US Open Women???s Singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

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

Rappler Talk: Geraldine Roman on fighting discrimination

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Why is there a need for an anti discrimination bill? Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman explains

Live and let die: A new strategy for criminalizing LGBTs in Indonesia

Sep 01, 2016 - 12:01 PM

A closer look at the Family Love Alliance s AILA strategy clearly shows a new strategy of anti LGBT which uses ‘neoliberal’ logic despite its morality and religious covers

LGBT BACKLASH. Government officials have made hateful statements towards the LGBT community. Photo from Shutterstock

Man born with no hands finds his 'hidden ability' in miniatures

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Andy Villaruel shows us all how having a disability does not limit him from living his life

FINISHED PRODUCT. It takes four days for Andy Villaruel to finish a miniature tricycle

A look at religion in Indonesia 71 years since independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Indonesia is religiously tolerant relative to other countries but it has its own challenges to achieving religious harmony

RELIGIOUS HARMONY. Indonesia faces its own challenges in achieving religious harmony. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

4 important int’l issues Jokowi failed to discuss

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Here are 4 issues that President Joko Widodo avoided discussing in his State of the Nation address despite the fact that they have put Indonesia under the international spotlight

Presiden Jokowi (kedua kiri), Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla (ketiga kiri), dan Ketua MPR Zulkifli Hasan (kiri) sesaat sebelum penyampaian pidato kenegaraan di gedung parlemen, pada 16 Agustus 2016. Foto oleh M Agung Rajasa/Antara

Debunking LGBT myths and why policing homosexuality is a joke

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Policing homosexuality is totally a joke — how do you identify a gay lesbian individual? How do you criminalize their sexual practices unless you have the evidence?

New law bars employers from hiring workers based on age

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The Anti Age Discrimination in Employment Act seeks to promote equality in the workplace by mandating companies to hire workers based on their competence and not on their age

AGE DOESN'T MATTER. Companies are now prohibited from rejecting job applicants on the basis of their age under the 'Anti-Age Discrimination Law'.

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Do 'Black Lives Matter' to Filipinos? A call for empathy

Jul 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM

We have a responsibility as the model minority to bridge the growing divide between blacks and whites in America

The iska in niqab

Jul 09, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Mardheeya Nuruddin s journey from Zamboanga to the capital tells of a struggle of a young Moro from the southern Philippines – her dreams frustrations pain and victories

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

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

10 things Christians can do to apologize to the LGBT community

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

A real apology means admitting your mistakes treating us as equals and fighting for our rights the way you would fight for your own

Trump says he is open to racial profiling

Jun 20, 2016 - 12:20 AM

I think profiling is something that we re going to have to start thinking about as a country says US presidential candidate Donald Trump

epa05362676 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at St Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA, 13 June 2016. EPA/HERB SWANSON

The party goes on

Jun 15, 2016 - 8:18 PM

What happened in Orlando may have sent chills down our spines but it will never silence the community