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'Justice for all trans lives! Stop killing us! SOGIE Equality now!'
Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles wants to expand the coverage of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004
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'
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?
With the call #UPTowardsEquality and #SOGIEEqualityNOW, the University of the Philippines community marches for a university system-wide SOGIESC policy
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
(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang clarifies that President Duterte will certify as urgent an 'anti-discrimination bill' and not the SOGIE equality bill
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
President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants LGBTQ+ persons to be 'happy'
Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education
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.
The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority
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.
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
Watch the Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill live on Rappler
'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
The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle
‘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’
Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly
(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'
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says discriminatory acts covered exclusively by the SOGIE equality bill need to be identified under the measure
'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
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.
'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
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
'Someday, discrimination will fail and Pride will win,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros
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'
Pride doesn't have to end in June. Here are 5 suggestions to make every month Pride Month.
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
Gender equality groups clap back with facts
At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil
Six out of 10 members of the LGBT+ community experience outright injustice
'Individuals and interest groups are trying to roll back women's rights,' Justin Trudeau says without giving names
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
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
'If it was like this for me, a white woman in a glamorized industry, how were my sisters suffering across their profession?' says Michelle
The mindset to innovate in the workplace is similar among employees, regardless of age and gender, according to an Accenture report
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
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
PRESS RELEASE: The event features women creators who will sell and showcase their books, zines, stickers, illustrations, comics, and accessories, and meet their readers
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
The bill would impose hefty fines and jail time for those caught sexually harassing others in public or online
Let's do away with the stereotype that women will never be as good as men in the political arena
When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head
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
‘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
We need to eliminate barriers to women in economics from entry level to leadership roles
'The Equalizer 2' is an even more peculiar actioner than its predecessor
I make this appeal for the sake of science, for the sake of morality and for the sake of the nation’s well-being