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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

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

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

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.

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

#PugadBaboy: Try Not to Look Gay

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Gender-neutral toilets to be built in LPU Manila

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:03 PM

For advocates installing gender neutral toilets in the Lyceum of the Philippines University is a step towards protecting the rights of the LGBT community in the campus

SOGIE. The Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila approves the creation of its first gender-neutral restroom, a unisex public toilet that caters to people of any gender or gender identity.

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

After 17 years, LGBT anti-discrimination bill up for Senate debate

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

It is the first time an anti discrimination bill reaches the Senate plenary

'HISTORIC.' After nearly 2 decades, a bill prohibiting discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community finally reaches the Senate plenary and is now up for debate. File photo by Rappler

Businessmen for Duterte, Dick Gordon, Nobel Prize | 6PM wRap

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Minority lawmakers oppose same-sex unions in PH

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony is not pleasant to look at

AGAINST. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (left), Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza (2nd from right), and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr (right) explain why their bloc opposes same-sex unions. Only Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (2nd from left) support it. File photos by Rappler

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

Emotional Roman urges Congress to pass anti-discrimination bill

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman the country s first transgender congresswoman recalls how her late macho politician father fully supported his transgender child

FIRST SPEECH. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman delivers her first privilege speech on September 19. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' website

First openly gay contestant competes for Miss America crown

Sep 10, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Miss Missouri Erin O Flaherty the first openly lesbian Miss America contestant

MISS MISSOURI. Erin O'Flaherty is the first openly gay contestant in the Miss America pageant. Screengrab from Instagram/missamerica.mo

US condemns Indonesian anti-LGBT statements

Aug 12, 2016 - 2:17 PM

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says Washington is closely monitoring reports of possible measures in Indonesia that would restrict the freedom of expression for LGBTI individuals

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

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

You cannot kill LGBTQ pride

Jun 16, 2016 - 11:17 AM

We are born who we are loving who we do fabulous and beautiful the way we were meant to We mind our own business yet it becomes our problem when our nature stirs in you a desire to see us die

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

Obama issues school rules on transgender bathroom use

May 14, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The move triggers an instant backlash from conservatives who perceive it as a threat to children s well being with a top Texas official refusing to comply with Obama s blackmail

SCHOOL RULES. President Barack Obama's administration tells schools they must let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, taking an intensifying battle over civil rights to the national stage. Obama file photo from the White House

Netizens question Noli de Castro for 'discriminatory' remark

May 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Veteran broadcaster Noli de Castro earns the ire of many netizens after supposedly making a discriminatory remark against Bataan 1st District Representative elect Geraldine Roman

Cebu gay politician: It's not gender but track record that matters

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Gay politician from Cebu seeks a seat in the city council to represent the LGBT community

Indonesian officials on LGBT: ‘Kill them', contagious

Feb 27, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Here s what anti LGBT officials have said about homosexuality

#PugadBaboy: Masahol sa hayop

Feb 20, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Wapres: Pemerintah tidak perlu atur orientasi seksual warga

Feb 18, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Orientasi seksual merupakan urusan pribadi setiap warga

Senatorial bets: Different stands on same-sex unions

Feb 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Some of those running to be lawmakers disagree with Pacquiao s barb against gays unions but are themselves opposed to such relationships or have no opinion on the issue

CAUGHT IN CONTROVERSY. Filipino boxer and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao at the campaign launch of the opposition party led by Vice President Jejomar Binay on February 9, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao s stand on same sex marriage and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

While she s against same sex marriage Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are worse than animals

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

The 'sub-humanity' of Manny Pacquiao

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Alam mo kung ano ang mas masahol sa hayop? Ang magnakaw sa taumbayan katulad ng hindi mo pagtupad sa tungkulin mo bilang hinalal na opisyal

SUBHUMAN. Does Manny Pacquiao's comment comparing people in same-sex unions to animals create a hierarchy of who deserves or does not deserve basic rights? Image courtesy of Emil Mercado

Ex-Dominican head on LGBTs: ‘Everybody’s on their journey’

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Asking gays ‘what they’re doing in bed’ is none of his business Father Timothy Radcliffe says on the sidelines of the International Eucharistic Congress

Minister: I'm not against LGBT, just their public displays of affection

Jan 26, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Our problem is when they are showing romance kissing and making love

AJI: Terjadi kekerasan simbolik pada pemberitaan media tentang kaum LGBTI

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Media menggunakan kata berkonotasi negatif tentang LGBTI dalam pemberitaan

Jurnalis mempelajari contoh berita online di workshop Better Journalism for LGBTI yang diselenggarakan oleh AJI, di Jakarta, pada 23 Januari 2016. Foto oleh Dyah Ayu Pitaloka/Rappler

Aiza Seguerra's wife Liza Diño reacts to 'homophobic' comments

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Liza and Aiza are criticized over their plan to undergo in vitro fertilization

Percayalah hidup itu indah: Sebuah pesan untuk kaum LGBT di Indonesia

Nov 13, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Penulis ingin membantu teman teman LGBT yang tengah perjuangkan hak hak mereka di Indonesia

#PHVote: Will anyone ever mention the LGBT community?

Nov 12, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The first candidate to mention his or her support of equal rights for LGBT community will be the wisest one It means that he or she supports minorities and believes in equality for all Filipino citizens

Adilkah kita pada kaum LGBT di Aceh?

Oct 25, 2015 - 2:45 PM

Kaum LGBT dicambuk jika terbukti melakukan hubungan sesama jenis Penulis mengatakan semoga penegakkan syariah Islam di Aceh tidak dengan mata tertutup sebelah

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

HRW: Wali Kota Banda Aceh perlu dididik soal hak-hak kaum lesbian

Oct 06, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Menurut HRW Wali Kota Banda Aceh harusnya melindungi hak asasi dan kebebasan kaum LGBT

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane found, lesbians 'rehabilitated'

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The wreckage of a missing plane is found lesbians in Aceh are rehabilitated and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world