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Israel pledges law giving gays equal adoption rights

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The move comes after Association of Israeli Gay Fathers petitioned the supreme court demanding that the law which currently names a 'man and wife' as eligible adoptive parents, be changed

Controversial Australia vote on same-sex marriage begins

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:52 PM

If most Australians vote yes to same sex marriage the government will move to hold a parliamentary free vote on changing the marriage laws

FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY. This picture taken on September 10, 2017 shows demonstrators taking part in a same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia gay marriage debate highlights church divisions

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Although attitudes to same sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions

OPPOSED. This picture taken on September 9, 2017 shows protesters holding up banners at an anti same-sex marriage rally in Sydney. Peter Parks/AFP

Hate law plan in Australia ahead of gay marriage vote

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Same sex marriage advocates have opposed the voluntary postal ballot that opens next week arguing it could turn ugly and expose gay people and their families to abuse

Australia same-sex marriage vote faces legal challenge

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED Same sex marriage advocates launch legal action in Australia s highest court against a controversial government plan for a postal vote on the issue calling it divisive and harmful

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Australian PM slams gay slurs as marriage vote looms

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls for respectful debate on an upcoming same sex marriage vote

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Aug 09, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Polls indicate popular support in Australia for marriage equality but the issue has dragged on for more than a decade amid political wrangling over the best way to vote on the issue

Supporters of same sex marriage carry banners and shout slogans as they march in Sydney on August 6, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Nepal hosts gay pride parade demanding equal rights

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The march is timed to coincide with the Hindu festival of Gai Jatra which brings hundreds onto the streets to pay respects to those who have died in the past year

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

Penyanyi Greyson Chance mengaku dirinya gay

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Aku mendukung siapapun yang masih mencari arah orientasi seksual mereka untuk mengambil waktu sebanyak mungkin untuk proses menemukan kepercayaan diri penerimaan diri sendiri dan mencintai diri sendiri

MENGAKU GAY. Penyanyi Greyson Chance mengaku dirinya gay dalam sebuah unggahan di akun Instagramnya pekan lalu. Foto oleh Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Thousands march in London for gay Pride milestone

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:38 AM

This year s Pride Parade also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales

PRIDE PARADE. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London on July 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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

World Pride 2017: Warna-warni di jalanan Madrid

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Pride Parade 2017 tahun ini dipusatkan di Madrid untuk mendukung hak hak kaum LGBT Madrid merupakan salah satu kota yang mengakui pernikahan sesama jenis

PRIDE. Pride 2017 di Madrid diikuti dari delegasi berbagai negara, termasuk negara-negara Asia Tenggara seperti Filipina dan Singapura, tapi tidak ada Indonesia. Foto oleh Famega Syavira/Rappler

Foreigners banned as Singapore holds gay rights rally

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:13 PM

The Singaporean government has also banned overseas companies from providing sponsorship to this year s Pink Dot rally

'PINK DOT' RALLY. A supporter wrapped in a rainbow flag attends the annual "Pink Dot" event in a public show of support for the LGBT community at Hong Lim Park in Singapore on July 1, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

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

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

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.

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

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Contestants are invited to submit a video clip addressing various categories including gayness or gender confusion

GAY PREVENTION. The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP

Detik-detik penangkapan di Atlantis: Pengakuan seorang pengunjung

May 30, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Penyebaran foto nama tempat tinggal pengunjung Atlantis Gym Sauna dapat mengancam keamanan mereka

Ilustrasi oleh Tri Khalidya

Taiwan top court rules in favor of gay marriage

May 24, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Taiwan s constitutional court gives the government two years to implement the ruling

A LANDMARK DECISION. Same-sex activists hug outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24, 2017 as they celebrate the landmark decision paving the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Indonesian men caned for gay sex before jeering crowd

May 23, 2017 - 2:34 PM

The pair aged 20 and 23 receive 83 strokes of the cane each after being found guilty of breaking sharia rules in conservative Aceh province the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law

CANED. One of two Indonesian men is publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community, in Banda Aceh on May 23, 2017. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Penggerebekan LGBT dan tubuh pribadi yang menjadi milik publik

May 23, 2017 - 10:47 AM

Sudah saatnya publik dan media massa berhenti menilai moralitas seorang manusia hanya dari seksualitasnya termasuk mengasosiasikan LGBT dengan perilaku seksual semata

Polisi tetapkan 10 orang pria yang ditangkap di Atlantis Gym sebagai tersangka

May 22, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Mereka ditangkap di tengah pesta Event The Wild One

BARANG BUKTI. Benda-benda yang disita personel polisi dari Atlantis Gym di Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara pada Senin, 22 Mei dan dijadikan barang bukti. Foto: polisi

Indonesian police discover costumes, naked men in 'gay sex party' raid

May 22, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Officers arrested 141 men when they raided a building in Jakarta that houses a sauna and a gym and halted the event they said was called The Wild One

Hope in Taiwan ahead of landmark gay marriage ruling

May 22, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Taiwan is seen as one of the most progressive societies in the region when it comes to gay rights Momentum is gathering since President Tsai Ing wen – who has openly supported marriage equality – came to power last May

FOR GAY RIGHTS. This picture taken on May 19, 2017 shows Taiwanese gay rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei, 59, posing for a photograph with a flag during an exhibition in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 15-21, 2017

May 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Must watch videos from this week

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Mr Gay World 2017 John Raspado

May 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

We re getting to know the first Mister Gay World titleholder from the Philippines – tune in

Indonesia sentences two men to 85 lashes of public caning for gay sex

May 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The sentence was higher than the recommendation by prosecutors of 80 strokes of the cane Officials have not revealed the men s names due to the sensitivity of the case

SHARIA LAW. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. File photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Refleksi IDAHOT 2017: Perjuangan melawan homofobia bukan hanya milik LGBT

May 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Sebagai kelompok masyarakat yang kerap ditindas sudah sepatutnya LGBT memiliki rasa solidaritas yang kuat terhadap kelompok lain yang mengalami penindasan

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

IN PHOTOS: John Raspado arrives in PH after winning Mr Gay World 2017

May 13, 2017 - 7:52 PM

John is home for the first time since winning the title in Spain

Photo by Alecs Ongca/Rappler

PH bet John Raspado wins Mr Gay World 2017

May 11, 2017 - 10:24 AM

John is the first Filipino representative to win the title

#PugadBaboy: Try Not to Look Gay

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The two men aged 20 and 23 were caught on video naked in a room together by a neighbor

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Terduga pasangan gay di Aceh terancam 100 kali dihukum cambuk

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Menjadi gay di Aceh dianggap melanggar hukum Islam karena berhubungan anal

HUKUM CAMBUK. Seorang warga Aceh menerima hukuman cambuk. Aceh adalah satu-satunya provinsi di Indonesia yang melaksanakan syariat Islam. Belakangan penerapannya memicu kontroversi. Foto oleh EPA

Pengakuan Barry Manilow soal pernikahannya dengan sang manajer

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Manilow berbagi detail cerita soal pernikahannya dengan Garry Kief di tahun 2014

Barry Manilow mengungkapkan pernikahannya dnegan sang manajer sejak tahun 2014. Foto dari akun Instagram barrymanilowofficial.

Barry Manilow on coming out, secret marriage to manager

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:29 AM

The singer shares details about being with Garry Kief whom he married in 2014

Taiwan court hears landmark gay marriage case

Mar 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Taiwan is considered progressive on many issues including gay rights but its roots in Confucianism translate into a strong sense of adherence to traditional mores

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. The hearing comes after the first draft of a bill to legalize gay marriage was passed by Taiwan's parliament in December. File photo from Shutterstock

SAKSIKAN: Katy Perry menyebut dirinya sebagai bukti perubahan pada hak kaum gay

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Katy Perry bicara dalam gala tahunan Kampanye Hak Asasi Manusia tentang toleransi dan dukungan terhadap hak kaum gay

Katy yang lahir dan besar sebagai Kristen konservatif, optimis tentang kemampuan masyarakat untuk bertoleransi. Foto dari screen capture akun YouTube Human Rights Campaign.

WATCH: Katy Perry calls herself proof of change on gay rights

Mar 21, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Katy Perry who was a conservative Christian speaks about the annual Human Rights Campaign gala about tolerance and advocating for gay rights

KATY PERRY. The singer, who used to be a conservative Christian, says she is optimistic of the capacity of society for tolerance. Screengrab from YouTube/Human Rights Campaign