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Discriminated for color, Binay asks: 'Do I need to file a bill protecting people like me?'

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Senator Nancy Binay poses the question as she suggests integrating the SOGIE equality bill into the comprehensive anti-discrimination bill

NANCY BINAY. Senator Nancy Binay at the Senate hearing on the SOGIE bill on September 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto says SOGIE bill has 'no chance' of passing Senate

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill stands no chance if 'it transgresses on academic freedom, religious freedom, and women’s rights'

ALREADY DEAD? Senate President Tito Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill may stand no chance in the upper chamber this Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel questions need for SOGIE bill

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says discriminatory acts covered exclusively by the SOGIE equality bill need to be identified under the measure

IS IT NEEDED? Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III questions the need for the SOGIE Equality bill if there are some laws already protecting the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

Vowing equality for all, Marikina signs anti-discrimination ordinance

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

'We want to be known as an inclusive community. We can only do that by recognizing everybody as all equal to each other,' says Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro

 SYMBOLIC. Marikina City Cityhood Monument lights up with rainbow colors for Pride Month 2019. Photo by MMPride

‘Pride is compassion’: Gender equality groups hit CFC-FFL’s anti-LGBTQ+ remarks

Jun 27, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Gender equality groups clap back with facts

Glutamax ad slammed for discriminating vs morenas

Apr 14, 2019 - 3:39 PM

'Unfair, 'di ba,' that some brands take a jab at skin color for the sake of profit

Muslims rally to defend privileges in multi-ethnic Malaysia

Dec 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The rally is originally intended as a protest against a plan by the government to ratify a UN convention which aims to eliminate racial discrimination

PROTEST. Protesters display placards reading "No To Icerd" during a rally organized by Muslim politicians against the signing of the UN anti-discrimination convention (ICERD) at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur on December 8, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Thousands protest in 'feminist tidal wave' against sexist violence

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Tens of thousands rally across Europe on the eve of the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

PROTEST. Participants walk with a banner 'We want to be free' as they take part in a rally in Paris on November 24, 2018, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by AFP

3 ways companies can promote SOGIE equality in the workplace

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:56 PM

‘Other issues might take precedence over this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for it…. All rights are important,’ Cogencia chief executive officer Paulo Edrosolano says

Weight stigma: 5 unspoken truths

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stigma is often perpetrated by friends and family, not strangers. The results of stigma can be catastrophic.

DANGERS OF STIGMA. It can cause an awful lot of damage. Shutterstock

Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The Trump administration also faces criticism at home and abroad for barring entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries

CONDEMNATION. US Secretary Mike Pompeo says millions of Uighurs may be 'held against their will' in so-called re-education camps subject to political indoctrination and abuses. File photo by Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP

House approves bill punishing more acts of job discrimination vs women

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:05 PM

House Bill No. 6769 seeks to penalize those who would favor male over female employees in the assignment of duties in the workplace

NO TO WOMEN DISCRIMINATION. Lawmakers are backing a bill that would increase prohibited discriminatory acts against women in the workplace.

House seeks to punish more acts of job discrimination vs women

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:47 PM

'The role of legislation in this case is to rip away the protective veil of sexual discrimination,' says Labor and employment committee chair Randolph Ting, who sponsors the bill on second reading

GENDER EQUALITY. Lawmakers want to expand the discriminatory acts against women in the workplace that would be subject to penalties. Photo by AFP

Facebook bound to stop advertisers from excluding people over race

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Facebook advertisers may no longer hide certain ads on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and other protected categories

PLATFORM BOUNDARIES. Facebook faces more defined legal boundaries relating to in-platform discrimination. The state probe began in 2016 when advertisers where reported to have been able to conceal housing ads from African American users and other minorities. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Heart Evangelista, Iza Calzado, Divine Lee rally support for SOGIE bill

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Celebrities call on Senate President Tito Sotto and Senators Manny Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva to support a bill that would make discrimination based on gender identity or expression illegal

Starbucks to educate U.S. staff against racial bias, set example

May 27, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The coffee giant will conduct training for around 175,000 employees in the United States, after a recent incident involving two black men sparked outrage

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018 The sign for a Starbucks Coffee shop is seen in Washington, DC, April 17, 2018, following the company's announcement that they will close more than 8,000 US stores on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education" following the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes. Can you teach employees not to be racist? Coffee giant Starbucks will shut stores around the US on May 29, 2018, to conduct an unprecedented training exercise at its more than 8,000 US outlets. The initiative, which is expected to last four hours and reach 175,000 employees, was announced by Starbucks management on April 17, as it sought to contain outrage over the arrest of two young black men at one of its cafes in Philadelphia.  / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Catherine Triomphe, US-politics-racism-education-Starbucks

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May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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Hong Kong's behind-closed-doors gay weddings

May 17, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Hong Kong and often those who have a ceremony say they prefer to do it privately, away from the public gaze

Sex bias kills 240,000 infant girls in India yearly – study

May 15, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'Around 22 percent of the overall mortality burden of females under 5 (in India) is therefore due to gender bias,' says international research group

MOTHER AND CHILD. File photo show an Indian mother holding the hand of her new born infant at maternity ward of a government hospital during Mother's Day in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on May 13, 2018. Photo by  Arindam Dey / AFP

China's 'men only' job culture slammed in new report

Apr 23, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The 99-page report by Human Rights Watch analyzes more than 36,000 job advertisements posted between 2013 and 2018 on Chinese recruitment and company websites and on social media platforms

Robredo: PH leaders' words make gender discrimination worse

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'This is what the youth see and hear. So the notion that women are not equal to men is reinforced,' says the Vice President

GENDER EQUALITY. The Vice President talks about the fight for gender equality in the context of today's politics. File photo by OVP

Foreign students, backpackers face 'endemic wage theft in Australia'

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:13 PM

International students and backpackers working in Australia are subjected to 'systemic wage theft', with about 1/3 paid half the minimum wage and those from Asia the worst-hit

AT WORK. In this file photo, a barista makes coffee in one of Melbourne's inner-city laneways on March 29, 2010. William West/AFP

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