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U.P. community remembers death of Jennifer Laude, calls for passage of SOGIE bill

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'Justice for all trans lives! Stop killing us! SOGIE Equality now!'

The UP community calls for justice for the death of Jennifer Laude and appeals to Senate to pass the SOGIE Equality bill. Photo by Christian Carlo Acilo/Rappler

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004

Sotto: At least 15 senators oppose SOGIE equality bill

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says more than half of senators are against the SOGIE equality bill, but Senator Risa Hontiveros believes the measure has a 'strong fighting chance'

ANTI-SOGIE. A group of Christians from different sectors in the metropolis holds a protest rally in front of the senate building denouncing the passage of SOGIE bill on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?

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

What LGBT kids need to hear

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

This is for the thousands of children who were taught that they are nothing but abominations, for the kids who are disowned by their parents, for the students kicked out of schools, for young people harassed in the streets

Duterte won’t certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent after all

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang clarifies that President Duterte will certify as urgent an 'anti-discrimination bill' and not the SOGIE equality bill

NO URGENCY. President Rodrigo  Duterte will not certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent, according to his spokesman. Malacanang Photo

Rappler Talk: Challenges faced by SOGIE equality bill at the Senate

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Rappler talks to Senator Risa Hontiveros, lead author of the SOGIE equality bill at the Senate, on how she plans to fight misinformation on the measure

Duterte says he'll certify SOGIE bill as urgent

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants LGBTQ+ persons to be 'happy'

Advocates urge discussions on SOGIE 'from point of love and impartiality'

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:29 PM

Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education

SOGIE advocates pose at #HumanizingSOGIE launch in Makati, Philippines (L-R): Propel Manila CEO JC Valenzuela, Propel Manila Creative Chief Raymund Sison, Quezon City Councilor Mayen Juico, Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman, Embassy of Canada in the Philippines Charge d' affaires Warren Mucci, Love is All We Need Founder Queenmelo Esguerra, SPARK! Philippines Executive Director Maica Teves. Photo by Jaia Yap/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Humanizing SOGIE

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Is the Philippines an LGBT-friendly country? There is little acceptance in places where it matters the most: in schools, in government, and among families.

FALSE: SOGIE equality bill will 'undercut' freedoms, destroy family

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority

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

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

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.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] G7 to discuss how to make gender inequality history

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

‘We want the G7 countries to sign on [the Biarritz Partnership]…and choose one of the reforms…to champion, get it funded, and include a way to monitor progress’

[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

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

U.S. women footballers' equal pay lawsuit to go to trial in 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve – nothing less than equal pay and working conditions,' says the US women's football spokesperson

ON THE MOVE. US women's football star Megan Rapinoe and her team dedicate their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win to their fight for equal pay. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

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.

Energized by Gretchen Diez, Hontiveros renews push for SOGIE equality bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'Ipasa na natin ang SOGIE equality bill. Para kay Gretchen [at] sa lahat ng Filipino lesbians, gays, transgenders, intersex, queers, at asexuals, na matagal nang nakaposas sa...diskriminasyon,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

RENEWED CALL. Senator Risa Hontiveros joins the 70,000-strong crowd at the 2019 Metro Manila Pride March at the Marikina Sports Center on Saturday, June 29. File photo from the Office of Sen. Risa Hontiveros

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

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

'Rainbow wave coming': Hontiveros hopeful SOGIE bill will pass 18th Congress

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:18 PM

'Someday, discrimination will fail and Pride will win,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

Despite rain, thousands march for equality in Manila's Pride parade

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:55 PM

A Manila Pride organizer says the march 'is a human rights movement – and as such, is a call for active solidarity with other marginalized communities'

2019 PRIDE MARCH. Thousands turn up for the Metro Manila Pride March and Festival at the Marikina Sports Center Marikina City on June 29, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

[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.

[OPINION] United Nations stands with Pride

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The struggle for the rights of LGBTQ+ people is a core part of the struggle for the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by all

‘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

[ANALYSIS] Sodom, Gomorrah, and the fate of gender equality

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil

[OPINION] Someday they will understand why we hold each other’s hands

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Six out of 10 members of the LGBT+ community experience outright injustice

Canadian PM Trudeau says gender equality 'under attack'

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'Individuals and interest groups are trying to roll back women's rights,' Justin Trudeau says without giving names

GENDER EQUALITY. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the closing ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at the Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on June 3, 2019. Photo by Andrew Meade/AFP

[OPINION] Why we need to stop excusing boys for being boys

Jun 02, 2019 - 1:15 PM

It makes my blood boil to see boys sharing nudes of their classmates among themselves and having no respect whatsoever for the women in those photos

Gender equality advocates to launch campaign to end violence against LGBTQ+

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: #EndRainbow violence is a movement that aims to increase the public's awareness on the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rights to promote acceptance and eliminate stigma

Actress Michelle Williams pushes for pay equality

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:42 AM

'If it was like this for me, a white woman in a glamorized industry, how were my sisters suffering across their profession?' says Michelle

Equality at work leads to business growth, innovation – report

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The mindset to innovate in the workplace is similar among employees, regardless of age and gender, according to an Accenture report

EQUALITY. Innovation at work is high at firms where there is a culture of equality, a 2019 report of Accenture revealed. Image from Shutterstock

[OPINION] This is what we want for our women

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Much remains to be done before the Philippines can truly claim to have attained Sustainable Development Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender parity at work only possible if men do more at home – U.N.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The UN's International Labor Organization says there were a number of factors blocking equality in employment – the biggest being the heavy caregiving burden borne by women

All-women small press fair to be held at CCP

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:19 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The event features women creators who will sell and showcase their books, zines, stickers, illustrations, comics, and accessories, and meet their readers

Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Some 600 revellers party under a blazing sun as the discreet community slowly emerges into the limelight in a country where gay sex remains illegal

PRIDE. Members of the Myanmar's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community sit while they take part in the Yangon Pride festival in Yangon on January 26, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

House OKs bill criminalizing catcalling, street harassment

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:06 PM

The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online

NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT. Lawmakers back a bill that would punish catcalling and other forms of street and online harassment. Illustration by Rappler

[OPINION] Women in legislature: Do they really matter?

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Let's do away with the stereotype that women will never be as good as men in the political arena

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Femicide 'has a scope in El Salvador that is seen nowhere else in the region,' says the Gender Equality Observatory report of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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

[ANALYSIS] Women, women, women in economics: Where are you?

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We need to eliminate barriers to women in economics from entry level to leadership roles

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Overlong calm before the storm

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'The Equalizer 2' is an even more peculiar actioner than its predecessor

The Equalizer 2. Photo by Columbia Pictures

[OPINION] Life without bullies? Why Senate must pass anti-discrimination bill

Aug 06, 2018 - 11:29 AM

I make this appeal for the sake of science, for the sake of morality and for the sake of the nation’s well-being