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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

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

Manny Pacquiao: boxer, senator, bigot

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

When he used his power, renown, and privilege to actively rob us of our rights and our humanity, it is only fair that we refuse this convenient compartmentalization and rob him of the things that put him there in the first place.

Scarlett Johansson withdraws from trans role following backlash

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The actress was initially cast to play trans man Dante 'Tex' Gill in a film about his life

SCARLETT JOHANSSON. The actress quits her role as a transgender man following backlash against her casting. File photo taken at the 2018 Met Gala by Angela Weiss/AFP

Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The two men are flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurls abuse at them

PUNISHMENT. A member of Indonesia's Sharia police (R) whips a man (L) accused of having gay sex during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on July 13, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Metro Manila Pride breaks records in Southeast Asia

Jul 08, 2018 - 11:20 AM

This year's Pride March is estimated to have attracted 25,000 participants

Pride March 2018, Marikina Sports complex. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

As UK ban looms, gay 'conversion therapy' still haunts subjects

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:46 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May has called conversion therapies an 'abhorrent practice' and in an announcement timed with this weekend's Pride events, vows to ban it

THERAPY. Peter Price was 18 when he underwent conversion therapy, intended to "cure" his homosexuality. After three days of intensive therapy, it failed – but left a damaging legacy. Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

The week in photos: June 30-July 6, 2018

Jul 07, 2018 - 1:55 PM

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

A football fan with his face painted with the flags of England and Colombia cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS

Iza Calzado open to kissing transgender actor in future projects

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Iza stars in the Cinemalaya film 'Distance'

British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'QT,' who entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong Kong with her partner the same year, is backed by major financial institutions in her fight for visa rights in the economic powerhouse

LOVE WINS. Pedestrians walk outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on July 4, 2018. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Indonesia 'anti-LGBT abuses' fuel HIV cases – Human Rights Watch

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Government actions are discouraging some at-risk groups from accessing prevention and treatment services, according to a new Human Rights Watch report

Get the message: Signs that caught our eye during Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Pride is a protest, after all

SIGN LANGUAGE. The LGBT community and its allies spread messages of love through signs at Metro Manila Pride 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week June 25 - July 1, 2018

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:42 PM

'Stupid God', Duterte ratings and economy in the "doldrums?"

'Your fight is mine': This dad's pride story will leave you in tears

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'Hindi ikaw 'yung napariwara. Ako. Napariwara ako bilang tatay mo,' a dad tells his bisexual son after attending the 2018 Pride March

[OPINION] Out of the closet and into the internet

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

For the benefit of my family, I'm staying in the closet. That's why I turned to online dating sites.

Freedom, equality, and all the colors of the rainbow at Metro Manila Pride 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'This year, since we’re all gathered here together, there needs to be movement'

PRIDE MARCH. The Metro Manila LGBT community came together to show solidarity and celebrate pride. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Coming out of the shadows: On being LGBT in Mindanao

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The Philippines has been regarded as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. Does this hold true for all areas of the country?

Transwoman wins Miss Universe Spain 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Angela Ponce will represent Spain in the Miss Universe pageant, set to take place by the end of the year

Jun Lana, Perci Intalan: 'Full acceptance,' not just tolerance for LGBTQ community

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The directors, who married in 2013, talk about tolerance and being parents to two boys

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Rappler Talk: Getting to know Bisdak and Mindanao Pride

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr. from Mindanao Pride and Roxanne O. Doron from Bisdak Pride, Inc. talk about LGBTQIA+ movements in Mindanao and Visayas.

[OPINION] The extra struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'We cannot achieve peace and genuine development if gender equality is not upheld especially in Mindanao'

Rappler Talk: #RiseUpTogether and becoming better LGBTQIA+ advocates

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

How do we #RiseUpTogether and become better advocates?

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

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

Free Love 2018: Project Headshot Clinic's pride month campaign shows the beauty in diversity

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The photo project's latest shoot includes people from all across the spectrum

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

H&M PH apologizes after staff bars transgender woman from trying on swimsuit

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Paulo Adrian Bataller, a transgender woman, was told men aren’t allowed to fit swimwear for women. Transgender women, however, are women and not men.

Falcis legal team: Same-sex marriage petition will help LGBT movement

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Para sakin ang importante ay naumpisahan na ang paguusap. The conversation has now begun inside the Supreme Court,' says TV personality Boy Abunda, who was present at the opening of the oral arguments at the SC

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Wednesday.

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#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

When he called her 'Papa,' she promised to be the best father

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:05 PM

'Binuo ni Lorenz 'yung pangarap kong maging ama. Natutuwa lang ako kasi nangyari 'yun kahit hindi ko siya kadugo,' says 32-year-old lesbian Roanne Oca

Salute to Madame, the first transgender cop in PNP

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda – or 'Madame' – is the first openly transgender cop in the Philippine National Police. She handles criminal probes at the Quezon City Police District.

TRANSGENDER IN PNP. PSI Rene Balmaceda works at the criminal investigation and detection unit of the Quezon City Police District. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Get to know Ianne Gamboa, PUP's first transwoman valedictorian

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'I know to myself that I am more than just a transgender woman and I can prove that [through] my merits,' says Ianne Gamboa, the first transwoman valedictorian of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

PRIDE. Ianne Gamboa is the first transwoman valedictorian of Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Ianne Gamboa

Cagayan de Oro celebrates Pride Month through literature

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: A book launch and poetry night are set for June 29 in Cagayan de Oro City

This is a press release from Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro

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

Queer and facing rejection? The Fab 5 have something to tell you

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The stars of 'Queer Eye' talk about coming out, religion, and keeping the faith

FAB 5. Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown continue to inspire in a new season of 'Queer Eye.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

'Rise Up Together:' Metro Manila Pride March set for June 30

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The LGBTQIA+ event will be held in Marikina, and organizers are seeking support

RISE UP. The 2018 Pride March is set for June 30. Photo from Facebook.com/mmprideorg

Letting love win: How my parents' love made me a winner

Jun 02, 2018 - 2:38 PM

As Pride Month begins, Mela Habijan writes about her and her parents' journey as she navigates life as a transgender woman

LOVE. Mela and her parents Irene and Erico. Photo courtesy of Mela Habijan

Homecoming queen: The lone reyna of Nectar's 2018 LGBT Santacruzan

May 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

BGC's gay nightclub ends the month with a planned parade and a drag competition

CROWNING MOMENT. Valeria dons her crown. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Activists hail famous Japanese businesswoman's coming out

May 30, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Kazuyo Katsuma, a 49-year-old mother of 3 who was once featured on the Wall Street Journal's list of "The 50 Women to Watch" says she is living with Hiroko Masuhara, 40, a gay rights activist

From the Twitter of Kazuyo Katsuma

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

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

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

'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.