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Trump policies at stake in U.S. Supreme Court session

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:47 AM

From Trump's perspective, the most significant case would result in a validation of his decrees limiting immigration, which have faced repeated setbacks in lower courts

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays but marriage is only for man and woman under the law

Russian MP calls Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' gay propaganda

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:57 PM

Ultra conservative lawmaker Vitaly Milonov urges Russia s culture ministry to check the upcoming film which contains Disney s first exclusively gay moment

LEFOU. director Bill Condon says that there will be an 'exclusively gay moment' involving Josh Gad's character LeFou in the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' live-action remake. The photo above shows Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou in the movie. Photo courtesy of Disney

Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman a transwoman says it s about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same sex couples

LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is also a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Same-sex civil marriage bill may 'divide' House – minority lawmakers

Oct 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Legislators agree that the bill Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez plans to file will spark an intelligent deliberation on LGBT rights at the House of Representatives

LGBT RIGHTS. A couple kisses during the 22nd Manila Pride March in June 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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Alvarez wants same-sex civil marriage in PH

Oct 03, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the LGBT community should not be deprived of happiness Bakit naman di natin suportahan?

UN holds first leaders' meeting on LGBT rights

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:54 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon warns countries that criminalize homosexuality they are bucking the tide of history

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) speaks at the high-level side event of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Core Group 'Path2Equality: Global leaders discuss progress towards LGBT Equality,' at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 21, 2016. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:40 AM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says lifting the ban is the right thing to do but Republican lawmakers criticize the move

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that the military will lift its ban on transgender troops during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, June 30, 2016. "This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Respecting LGBTQIA, celebrating pride

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Certainly the child bullied because of gender expressions that run afoul of community norms wishes only to be ordinary not to stand out

IN PHOTOS: 22nd Manila Pride March

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Members of the LGBT community reiterate their call for an end to discrimination as they gather for the 22nd Manila Pride March

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:33 PM

UPDATED Organizers say police did an excellent job of securing the LGBT event

PRIDE MARCH. A participant carries a rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 12 June 2016. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Singapore tells foreign firms not to back gay rights rally

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The statement comes after companies such as Google Facebook and Goldman Sachs backed the annual Pink Dot rally

epa04286844 An aerial handout photo provided by Pink Dot Sg shows participants forming a giant pink dot during the Pink Dot event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore, 28 June 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event is the closest thing Singapore has to a gay pride parade which promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore. About 26,000 people filled Hong Lim Park, the only place where public assemblies can take place without a permit, dressed in pink in support of Pink Dot's message: 'freedom to love'. EPA/PINK DOT SG / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

US states sue federal government over transgender bathroom use

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Texas and 10 other states accuse the Obama administration of running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights

epa05303100 (FILE) A file picture dated 16 april 2016 shows an 'All Gender' bathroom sign at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, USA. According to reports from 13 May 2016, the US administration plans to direct public schools to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they prefer to match their gender identity. EPA/JASON SZENES

South Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

May 25, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Kim Jho Gwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan the most high profile gay couple in South Korea fail to get legal status for their marriage

epa03659071 A South Korean worker with South Korean flag on a high flag pole in Seoul, South Korea 27 March 2013. The South Korean flag design represents balance, as in yin and yang, with the varied black markings symbols representing earth, sun, sky and moon. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Australian state apologizes for old homophobic laws

May 24, 2016 - 3:55 PM

For the laws we passed and the lives we ruined and the standards we set we are so sorry says Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

epa05325974 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C) makes an apology statement in Parliament House in Melbourne, Australia, 24 May 2016. Andrews has apologized for the 'abominable' historical laws that made homosexuality punishable with jail. Sodomy laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex relationships, a legacy of the British colonial era, were progressively abolished in different jurisdictions of the country between 1972 and 1997. The state of Victoria abolished these laws, under which homosexual acts were punishable with 15 years in prison, in 1981 and since September last year people convicted under these laws can apply to have these convictions expunged from their records. EPA/JOE CASTRO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Bolivia enacts law letting transsexuals change ID documents

May 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Who are we to judge and to deny someone who wants to modify their sexual identity? says Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia

epa05322356 A handout picture provided by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera (C) signing the Law of Gender Identity accompanied by Bolivian President of Senate Jose Alberto Gonzales (L) and Bolivian President of Deputy Chamber Gabriela Montano (R) in La Paz, Bolivia, 21 May 2016. The law permits transexual and transgender people to change their names and gender in their identification documents. EPA/ABI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Kosovo holds first-ever gay pride march

May 17, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci joins the march to express support for the LGBT community

epa05311894 Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) comunity hold posters and rainbow flags during a march against homophobia in Pristina, Kosovo, 17 May 2016. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is marked annualy on 17 May to raise awareness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights violations. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

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May 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Murders force Bangladeshi gay rights activists underground

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Many LGBT activists in Bangladesh deactivate their Facebook pages and go into hiding after the deaths of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy

Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016.  Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. Police did not identify the victims, but an official from Roopbaan, the country's only LBGT magazine, named one as editor and gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan. / AFP PHOTO / Rehman Asad

Egypt jails 11 men accused of homosexuality

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The court convicts the men of debauchery and incitement to debauchery

Introducing: Gay men who marry straight women

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:17 PM

Here s why gay men decide to marry heterosexual women

Gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

Apr 25, 2016 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED An official from the Roopbaan LGBT magazine identifies the victims as Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy

Bangladeshi journalists and onlookers gather in front of an apartment in Dhaka on April 25, 2016. where here a leading gay rights activist was allegedly hacked to death.  Two people including a leading gay rights activist were hacked to death at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Indonesia's gay community under attack

Feb 25, 2016 - 4:48 PM

It is unclear why the recent furor has gained such momentum but it follows a push by religious leaders and conservative politicians to bolster public morality in Indonesia with crackdowns on prostitution and the availability of drugs and alcohol

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Feb 18, 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Indonesia bans 'gay' emojis on messaging apps

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The government threatened messaging apps with gay emojis could be banned from Indonesia

GAY EMOJIS. Indonesia bans emojis of same-sex genders holding hands, such as those on the 3rd column from the right. Screenshot from Whatsapp

8 perks of having a gay son

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:03 AM

If you can get past the label and think of us as the fabulous son then you’ll come to realize that you re in for a treat

Putin calls Elton John - and this time it's real, says Kremlin

Sep 25, 2015 - 10:54 AM

The singer gets a real call from the Russian leader after a prank last week

Belgrade Gay Pride march expresses solidarity with migrants

Sep 20, 2015 - 10:19 PM

Europe open your gates reads a huge black banner with pink letters

PARADE. Gay rights activists march during the Pride parade in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Conservative Bangladesh gets first lesbian comic strip

Sep 06, 2015 - 4:17 PM

The comic backed by the country s largest gay rights group aims to raise awareness of the plight of gays in the conservative Muslim majority nation

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Aug 19, 2015 - 12:03 PM

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Ukraine activists scrap gay pride parade after court ban

Aug 15, 2015 - 5:56 PM

The gay pride event is blocked Thursday by a local court in the strategic Black Sea port city on the back of concern from authorities that it could spark violence

Obama challenges Kenya on gay rights, corruption

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama wraps up a two day landmark visit to Kenya marked by aid on business and security but a firm message on gay rights and corruption

KENYA VISIT. US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA