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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] How the Philippines can repair its culture

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:00 PM

I believe that the Philippines is still a country with a purpose, a country with a bright future. We are slowly letting go of our ways that did not work for us in the past.

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Israel president says: 'I have a directive: no intelligence connection in the United States, no spying... It's rigorously enforced without any exception'

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967."This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

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

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

A look at SOGIE anti-discrimination laws around the world

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all

PRIDE. Thousands were gathered at Taipei's Gay Pride parade on October 27 – the biggest in Asia – ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT rights on the island. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

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.

[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

Who is the Filipino? The ABCs of LGTBQ+ and SOGIE

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

We talk to Mela Habijan about terms, definitions, and why recognition matters

Gretchen Diez urges Duterte: Certify SOGIE equality bill as urgent

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

‘Mister President, naumpisahan na natin. Sana ipagpatuloy na natin ang pagpapasa sa SOGIE equality bill,’ says Gretchen Diez

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez at Quezon City Hall with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on August 16, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE Part 2

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:36 PM

In this video, we explain how SOGIE can be mixed and matched in many ways

SOGIE Explainer Part 2

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

‘Why not just Homo sapiens?’: Senators confused by LGBTQ+, SOGIE

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III

CONFOUNDED. Senate President Tito Sotto III suggests for one label for all: homo sapiens. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Labor groups to DOLE: SOGIE workplace policy needed

Aug 14, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Sentro make the call after the arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at a Quezon City mall

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about SOGIE

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Gender is often confusing for a lot of people. In this video we explore the concept of SOGIE.

[OPINION] Rainbow glitters after the storm: The UN Human Rights Council Resolution on SOGI

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:42 PM

As to how long the light will stay will all depend on the sterling commitment of people to fight for the beautiful cause of the rights of LGBTIQ persons

Activists worldwide, including myself, were all holding our breaths while governments deliberated on a crucial UN resolution aimed at advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) persons.

MMFF announces first 4 official entries for 2019

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:42 PM

These are the films that are part of this year's 'Magic 8'

MMFF. The festival announces their first 4 entries for 2019. Image from Facebook.com/mmffofficial

[OPINION] Who is afraid to mess with the 'bakla?'

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'Identities are never fixed.... Pride Marches should present messy spaces that constantly evolve,' says sociology professor Evangelista

[ANALYSIS] Why is Duterte still so popular?

Jun 27, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's enduring popularity is baffling. What are the factors that might explain it?

[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

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

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

Pia Wurtzbach calls on Philippine Senate to pass SOGIE equality bill

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'There is a misconception that the bill goes against our religious beliefs, our religious freedom, but that is far from the truth,' says Pia

[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

Puerto Rico allows transgender people to fix birth certificates

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The latest victory for the LGBT community leaves just 3 US states that prohibit amending the gender marker on the official identification documents: Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee

PRIDE. File photo shows a reveller takes part in the Gay Pride 2018 parade in Madrid, one of the world's biggest. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Portugal becomes 'the 6th European country to grant the right to self-determination of transgender identity... without the guardianship of a third party and without a diagnosis of identity disruption'

CHANGE. File photo of the Portuguese Parliamnent which passed the 'gender change' law. Photo by Partricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

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

Christian groups troop to Senate vs landmark SOGIE bill

Mar 07, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

‘Black Panther’ is a lesson on how to reclaim native culture via the mainstream

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:44 PM

‘Black Panther’ sends an empowering message on postcolonialism

Mestiza in Manila: What no one tells you when you move to the homeland

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'I do my best to use this privilege and power to contribute back to Filipino society. I’m incredibly proud to be Filipino. Manila may be melty and monstrous, but I love it.'

DOJ orders probe into Mandaluyong shooting mess

Dec 29, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is tasked to conduct the probe, and file appropriate charges

SOCO and police investigator inspect the bullet riddled SUV of victims in a shooting incident at Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City on Friday. The shooting incident left two people dead, and two others in critical condition. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bohol bishop targeted on Facebook with identity theft

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The fake account contains a picture of Uy in his priestly garb as the profile photo and a picture of him with a group of nuns as the background image. The fake account is reportedly soliciting donations in his name.

ABET UY. File photo from Abet Uy's Facebook account

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.

Tragedy in Tramo: The wrong boy killed

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Jayross 'Utoy' Brondial, 13, is killed by a motorcycle-riding, masked gunman, whom neighbors believe was after another neighbor – Gary 'Gayi' Alandra, who is on top of the barangay drug watch list

INNOCENT. Neighbors and barangay officials vouch for the innocence of Jayross ‘Utoy’ Brondial, who was killed by a gunman on September 24, 2017, while sitting outside their house. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

House approves SOGIE equality bill on 2nd reading

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:14 AM

This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress

EQUALITY CHAMPS. Legislators celebrate after the SOGIE Equality Bill is approved on 2nd reading. Photo courtesy of Jeff Crisostomo

Becoming Maranao

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Becoming Maranao for me was more than having Maranao parents and being raised in a Maranao family

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:20 AM

They warn there is a higher risk that transgender youth would be exposed to violence after the Trump administration overturned Obama era federal protections

People take part in rally outside the Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement, on February 23, 2017 in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, demanding to maintain protection for transgender and gender non-conforming people. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR

Barbers files ethics complaint vs Pichay for illegal mining, disorderly conduct

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Representative Prospero Pichay Jr says a thorough and impartial probe would show that Representative Robert Ace Barbers was motivated by partisan politics when he made the allegations against him

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files an ethics complaint against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. Photo of Barbers from his Facebook page, photo of Pichay from HReps Media

The U.S. elections, Jakarta protests and identity politics

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:27 PM

As an Indonesian student whose program finishes in 2018 I am terrified by the chance of Donald Trump winning While my paperwork is intact his victory would further give blood to xenophobia and racism

VIOLENCE. An Indonesian man hurls a rock at police near the presidential palace in clashes that marred an otherwise peaceful rally against governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian accused of insulting Islam, in Jakarta on November 4, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY