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What LGBT kids need to hear

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM

This is for the thousands of children who were taught that they are nothing but abominations, for the kids who are disowned by their parents, for the students kicked out of schools, for young people harassed in the streets

[OPINION] 'A storm rages outside': The challenges of being transgender

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

I trusted that the friends I have would be accepting of me, and sure enough, they were. I wish I could say the same for my family, though.

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

The power of Pink Dot, Singapore's LGBTQ+ movement, lies in its rejection

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:16 PM

What happens after the music dies and the lights go out on Pink Dot?

Police tear gas gay pride paraders in Istanbul

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:44 PM

There are chants of 'shoulder to shoulder against fascism' and 'we will not be quiet' among the crowd with rainbow flags and umbrellas

MARCH. People take part of the Pride March in Ankara. Photo from University of Kadin Kolektifi

[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

Why the term 'bakla' can be more closeting than liberating for some

Jun 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Growing up with the tag of bakla weighs heavily on the shoulders of many, due to the expectations of who the bakla should be,' says sociology professor Athena Charanne Presto

#LabanHermie: U.P. community stands in solidarity with transwoman professor

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Using #LabanHermie, #NoToDiscriminationInUP, and #SolidarityWithHermie, the University of the Philippines community rallies support for transwoman professor Hermie Monterde

‘How hard is it to be seen as human?'

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:45 PM

How do we truly foster acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community?

U.P. transwoman professor talks about workplace discrimination

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:25 PM

'Our personal experience, after all, is a political fight. And it is every person’s right to be fully protected by both law and practice,' says University of the Philippines Assistant Professor Hermie Monterde

Brazil's president says criminalizing homophobia could 'hurt' gays

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Speaking to reporters, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says employers would 'think twice' before hiring a gay person for fear they could be accused of homophobia

WIN FOR LGTB. The Supreme Court says crimes against gay and transgender people is similar to racism. AFP file photo

Celebration as Bhutan decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The lower house overwhelmingly voted late Friday to repeal two sections of the Bhutan 2004 criminal code which made 'unnatural sex' illegal

ALL SMILES. Members of the LGBT group Rainbow Bhutan with officials after their parliament decriminalized homosexuality. Photo from Rainbow Bhutan Facebook page

London police arrest 5 teens over attack vs lesbian couple

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The teenagers are suspected of ganging up on a lesbian couple for refusing to kiss each other for entertainment

BEATEN. Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris after being attacked by a gang of males aboard the London night bus. Photo from Geymonat's Facebook page

[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

[OPINION] The B in LGBT: The long journey to coming out

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'While living as an openly LGBTQIA+ person is tiring and difficult, not living your truth is more tiring. I chose truth.'

Russia cuts gay scenes from Elton John biopic 'Rocketman'

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:27 AM

A film critic says that it had been 'very obvious' cuts had been made to the Russian version of 'Rocketman'

Thou shalt not march: South Korean conservatives denounce Pride

May 31, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Conservative Liberty Korea Party says the ruling Democrat party, which supports Seoul's Pride march, should 'come out' as a 'queer' party, adding that the annual event was 'lascivious' and involved 'excessive exposure of bodies'

Participant Kevin Kim (39) poses for a photo during a 'Gay Pride' gathering in Seoul on July 15, 2017. Thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul on July 15, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians. Religious South Koreans have been a loud fixture at the annual parade for years, holding a rival anti-homosexuality rally while trying to physically block the march.     / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

May 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The weddings place Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia

FIRST COUPLE. Taiwan's first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

Bangladesh charges extremists over gay activist murders

May 12, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Authorities say the 8 suspects are members of Ansar al Islam, a group also blamed for a series of murders since 2013

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

Cuban police break up unauthorized LGBT rights march in Havana

May 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Police disperse LGBT activists who were protesting the cancellation of a parade against homophobia in Cuba

Cuban LGTBI demonstrators march at the Prado avenue in Havana, on May 11, 2019. - More than a hundred people participated in a demonstration for the LGBT rights in Havana on Saturday, an activity unauthorized by the government, amid tensions with the police. (Photo by YAMIL LAGE / AFP)

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

May 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples 'permanent unions' as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Anti gay marriage protesters display placards reading “violated the referendum, lawmakers should step down“ during a demonstration outside Parliament in Taipei on May 8, 2019.  Sam YEH / AFP

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

May 11, 2019 - 11:16 AM

While the country's sultan announced this week that such measures would not be enforced, the country remains on the defensive at a rare review of its record at the United Nations Human Rights Council

PROTEST. Gay activists kiss as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP

Secrets and crimes: Gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The South Korean military classes openly gay men in its ranks as having 'special needs' and campaigners say it actively pursues soldiers who have consensual same-sex intercourse with each other

ON DUTY. South Korean soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge, as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on November 22, 2018. File photo by Kim Min-Hee / POOL / AFP

In China, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' edit disappoints gay community

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:45 AM

The Chinese release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' censors Freddie Mercury's sexuality, removing the film's multiple gay scenes

PODCAST | Beyond Tondo: An LGBTQ leader's wait for equality

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Manila, members of the LGBT community find acceptance through service – but how can their small victories be celebrated outside their bubble?

HRW urges Japan to change transgender 'sterilization' law

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Applicants who wish to change their official documents are required to be without reproductive capacity, effectively requiring most people to be sterilised to meet criteria

FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS. Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) take part in the "Save the Pride" parade in Tokyo on August 11, 2012. File photo by Rie Ishii/AFP

LGBT youth on choosing candidates: 'Mambabatas, hindi mambabastos'

Mar 09, 2019 - 7:15 AM

At a recent Safe Spaces event, UP LGBT group leader Sam Cruz urges youth voters to go for candidates who will work to eliminate gender-based discrimination

GENDER EQUALITY. UP Diliman Babaylan Vice President Sam Cruz (3rd left) pushes for the anti-discrimination bill at the Senate. Photo from the UP Babaylan Facebook page

Disappointment as Kenya court delays decision on anti-gay laws

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The delay is met with dismay by Kenya's LGBT community and their allies, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, which was filed 3 years ago

ANTI-LGBT LAWS. LGBT Bishop Joseph Tolton (R) and other members attend an inter-faith service in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Gay couples in Japan seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The 5 lesbian and 8 gay couples involved will file lawsuits across the country seeking damages of one million yen ($9000) a person for being denied the same legal rights as heterosexual couples

GAY RIGHTS IN JAPAN. This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows same sex couple Yoko Ogawa (L) and Chizuka Oe (R) displaying their marriage registration form to journalists in front of a town hall in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Fury at HIV data leak in conservative Singapore

Feb 10, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Those in Singapore with HIV have long complained of prejudice and campaigners say the negative reaction to the data breach has highlighted the stigma

STIGMA. Those in Singapore with HIV have long complained of prejudice, and campaigners say a data breach of some 14,200 people, whose HIV status was released on the internet in January 2019, has caused widespread consternation. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Meet the ‘kagaywads’: How Tondo’s LGBT leaders find acceptance

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:57 PM

For some LGBT leaders in Tondo, public service is the only way to gain acceptance and respect

KAGAYWADS. LGBT kagawads of District 1 in Tondo offer free salon services for senior citizens on Friday, February 1. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Some 600 revellers party under a blazing sun as the discreet community slowly emerges into the limelight in a country where gay sex remains illegal

PRIDE. Members of the Myanmar's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community sit while they take part in the Yangon Pride festival in Yangon on January 26, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

'We exist' LGBT say in message to pope in Panama

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:30 AM

"Together as a community, we are saying: We are here," says a 21-year-old protestor

'LOVE IS LOVE.' A couple kisses during a "Besaton" (kiss marathon) in the framework of a demonstration by members of the LGBT community and activists, to make visible sexual and gender diversity during Pope Francis' visit to Panama for the World Youth Day on Juanury 25, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Miss Spain is a woman

Dec 24, 2018 - 6:23 PM

A transwoman broke LGBT barriers by competing in an international beauty pageant. So why are some gay men so upset?

Eddie Garcia on being gay: ‘God created you that way, there’s nothing wrong with it’

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:24 PM

The actor portrays an elderly gay man in the upcoming film 'Rainbow's Sunset'

EDDIE GARCIA. The veteran actor is starring in the MMFF entry 'Rainbow's Sunset.' Rappler Screenshot

Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The city-state's high court says that 'the evidence has demonstrated to us that it is very much in the interests of the child that the adoption order be made'

Kadaiyahan Festival 2018 to highlight inclusivity for LGBT community in Mindanao

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The first Kadaiyahan Festival in Cagayan de Oro city will run from December 5 to 10

Papua New Guinea's 'gay village' offers sanctuary, hope

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Home to as many as 50,000, Hanuabada has become synonymous with a small but thriving gay, lesbian and transgender community in Port Moresby

FABULOUS. This photo taken on November 15, 2018 shows 24-year-old gay man Kapera Patrick posing for photographs outside his home in Hanuabada, a settlement in Port Moresby. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Taiwan's progressive image takes hit after divisive polls

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'Pro-family' groups defeat pro-gay campaigners in what Amnesty International calls a "bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan

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 Chris Stowers/AFP

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.

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

'Don't force' LGBT rights on Malaysia, says Mahathir

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian prime minister say, 'we do not accept LGBT but if they (the West) want to accept, that is their business. Don't force it on us'

NO TO WESTERN VALUES.Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Catholic Church urges Cubans to reject same-sex marriage

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia calls on Cubans not to 'ignore what nature has given', amid legislators' plans to legalize same-sex marriage under the proposed new constitution

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter.

H&J management says KaladKaren Davila incident ‘an unfortunate mistake’

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The Makati bar is facing backlash after allegedly discriminating against the comedian and her friends

DENIED ENTRY. A video posted by comedian Kaladkaren Davila shows a bouncer preventing her and her friends from entering H&J Sports Bar in Makati. Screenshot from Facebook.com/kaladkarendavila

House to probe Makati bar for keeping out KaladKaren Davila

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'The actions taken by the management of the establishment are unjustified which resulted in the public humiliation of Jervi Li and company,' says transgender lawmaker Geraldine Roman

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

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

Japan ruling party under fire after MP calls LGBT 'unproductive'

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Mio Sugita says she would take the Liberal Democratic Party's warnings 'seriously,' but neither apologized nor withdrew her remarks against the LGBT community