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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:36 AM

A referendum on whether marriage should only be recognized as between a man and a woman won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained over 6 million

GAY MARRIAGE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. Photo by AFP.

Taiwan gay marriage faces new hurdle with referendum proposal

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submits a referendum petition to election authorities to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships

AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE Anti-gay marriage protesters display the number of anti-gay marriage petition signatures outside Taiwan's Central Election Commission in Taipei on August 28, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China denies internment of 1 million Uighurs

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chinese authorities have long denied the existence of such camps despite mounting evidence from both official documents and testimonies from those who have been held in them

PROTEST. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Paris Gay Games a respite for oppressed athletes

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:55 PM

LGBT competitors from China to Uganda share their stories

GAY GAMES 2018. Ugandan swimmer Clare Byarugaba competes during the swimming competition at the 2018 Gay Games edition at The Georges-Vallerey swimming pool in Paris on August 9, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Colorful parade opens 10th Gay Games in Paris

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The aim of the games is to combat discrimination, promote the recognition and freedoms of LGBT people

UNIFIED. More than 10,000 participants from 90 countries around the world, including some where homosexuality is illegal or repressed, gather in Paris, France for the Gay Games. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP


WATCH: How did you come out?

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:35 PM

In celebration of Pride Month, Rappler talks to members of the LGBT community to ask them about their stories and how they found the courage to come out

Thousands march and dance in New York's Gay Pride parade

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The theme of this year's parade is 'Defiantly Different,' a message inspired in reaction to President Donald Trump's treatment of the LGBTQ community

PRIDE MARCH PROPOSAL. Trudy Bermudez and paramedic Tayreen Bonilla of New York City Fire Department get engaged at the annual Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Same-sex couples wed under LGBTs Christian Church

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The LGBTs Christian Church, a religious organization, hopes that the State will eventually legalize same-sex marriage

[OPINION] I do not believe in coming out

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

I am living as if I have come out, therefore I do not see the point of sitting down with my family and telling them that I am gay

#WeAreFamilyToo: LGBT groups push for marriage equality outside SC

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Despite challenges faced by various LGBT groups, they are hopeful that it is the most opportune time to fight for marriage equality

Supporters for gender equality rally in front of the Supreme Court hearing the petition on sane sex marriage. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC applicants agree with U.S ruling favoring baker in gay wedding cake case

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:15 PM

‘The right to religious belief in the hierarchy of values should prevail,’ says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia

GAY WEDDING CAKE CASE. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Amy Lazaro-Javier and Ramon Garcia agree with the U.S Supreme Court ruling that upheld the religious right of a baker to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Screenshots from JBC

LGBTQ+ community takes pride to Mindanao

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that it’s about time to rise together against discrimination, exclusion, and violence,' says Mindanao Pride founder, Hamilcar Chanjueco

MINDANAO PRIDE. The logo of Mindanao Pride. Image from Mindanao Pride Facebook page

U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:02 AM

The US high court rules that while the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Masterpiece Cakeshop must serve clients regardless of sexual orientation, the panel showed 'clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs' of the baker

BAKER WINS. This undated handout photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom shows baker Jack Phillips at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo by Bruce Ellefson / AFP

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

'Love, Simon’ and lessons on coming out

May 12, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The first and most important lesson we can learn from Simon Spier is that coming out is anything but easy

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

A mother’s unconditional love

Apr 27, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Coming out is difficult especially when you’re young. But for parents like Grace, acceptance comes easy

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The oral arguments will give marriage equality advocates their most-awaited day in court

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Openly gay lawyer Jesus Falcis has a once in a lifetime opportunity to defend in oral arguments at the Supreme Court his stance for same-sex marriage. Photo by Rappler

Indonesian police arrest two men over gay sex video

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Homosexuality and gay sex are legal everywhere in Indonesia except in conservative Aceh province, which is ruled by Islamic law. Police, however, use the country's tough anti-pornography legislation to criminalize members of the LGBT community.

#PugadBaboy: Temporarily Gay

Jan 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

Midnight vows after historic Australia gay marriage reforms

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Two Australian athletes tied the knot just after midnight Tuesday in one of the first gay unions in the country following historic marriage equality laws

GAY WEDDING. Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns (left) and fiance Luke Sullivan pose ahead of their marriage ceremony at Summergrove Estate, New South Wales on January 8, 2018. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

Duterte on same-sex marriage: 'We can change the law'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

'Ako gusto ko, same-sex marriage,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in his speech during a gathering of the LGBT community in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao during the 7th LGBT Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants LGBT representation in anti-poverty body

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is looking for a 'bright' and 'honest' person to represent the LGBT community in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, invites the LGBT community to nominate a worthy candidate from their community who is capable of taking a seat at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

#PugadBaboy: The Measure of a Gay Man

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Gay couples register weddings on day one of marriage equality

Dec 09, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The first weddings are expected on January 9

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia lawmakers approve same-sex marriage

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) All but 4 MPs in the 150-seat House of Representatives vote in support of marriage equality, after the Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week

THEY SAID YES. Equality ambassadors and volunteers from the The Equality Campaign gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra on December 7, 2017, ahead of the parliamentary vote on Same Sex Marriage. Sean Davey/AFP

Australian Senate passes gay marriage bill in key step

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) The law is expected to pass through the lower house of parliament comfortably in coming weeks after most lawmakers agree to honor 'the will of Australians'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  Peter Parks/AFP

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

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

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Two men, so in love with each other, could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would wind up before the US Supreme Court five years later and spark a national debate about fundamental rights

Rio's gay pride marches on despite opposition by conservatives

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:39 PM

While Brazil is famous for its sun, sand, and skin-baring Carnival extravaganza, the country has a conservative streak, being still mostly Roman Catholic

KEEP THE PRIDE. A man poses for the picture during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Leo Correa/AFP

Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Thousands of marriage equality supporters take to parks and squares across the vast continent, hugging, dancing and singing under clouds of glitter when the results of the two-month-long postal survey are announced

JUST LOVE. Supporters of the same-sex marriage 'Yes' vote gather to celebrate the announcement in a Sydney park on November 15, 2017. William West/AFP

Australians say 'yes' to gay marriage

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Same-sex couples could be able to marry by Christmas, but first parliament must adopt legislation giving the non-binding vote result the force of law

FOR EQUALITY. Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Hong Kong to become first Asian host of Gay Games

Oct 31, 2017 - 3:01 PM

For a city facing LGBT discrimination, winning the bid to host the 2022 Gay Games is a milestone for Hong Kong's campaign for equal rights

MILESTONE. Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to host the Gay Games. Photo by Aaron Tam/AFP

Kevin Spacey mengaku dirinya gay

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Pengakuan ini menyusul pernyataan dari aktor Anthony Rapp soal dugaan Kevin pernah melakukan pelecehan seksual terhadap dirinya

PENGAKUAN. Aktor Kevin Spacey mengonfirmasi bahwa dirinya gay dan meminta maaf pada aktor Anthony Rapp yang menuduhnya melakukan tindak pelecehan seksual saat Rapp berusia 14 tahun. Foto dari akun Instagram @kevinspacey

Kevin Spacey reveals that he is gay on Twitter

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Netizens criticize actor's timing amidst sexual harassment accusation from Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp

Big early response in Australia gay marriage vote

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The result will not be published until November 15, a week after the poll closes, but campaigners from both the 'yes' and 'no' camps welcome the high response

YES OR NO. A photo taken in Sydney on September 20, 2017, shows the voting form in the contentious postal survey on same-sex marriage. William West/AFP

Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Oct 01, 2017 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Germany is the 15th European nation to legalize gay marriage, but advocates say the battle for equal rights continues

EQUALITY. Germany is the 15th European country to legalize same sex marriage.

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

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