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Duterte wants '3rd restrooms' for LGBTQ+

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:03 PM

But not all LGBTQ+ rights advocates, including Gretchen Diez, think 3rd restrooms are the solution to discrimination

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected officers of the League of Provinces of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Vice Ganda urges government to create LGBTQ+ bathrooms

Aug 18, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'Kung hindi kami matatanggap, bigyan kami ng CR. Gusto lang po naming umihi at dumumi. Yun lang yun,' says the TV host

[OPINION] On toilets and transgender rights

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Why build toilets with different categories when our toilets at home are not even categorized according to gender identity?

Coming out? Gretchen Diez gives some advice

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Transgender woman Gretchen Diez says she is lucky to have parents who immediately accepted her for who she is. Acceptance by society is another story.

'NO STANDARD.' Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk on Thursday, August 16. Rappler screenshot

Pangilinan: 'Ang commuter, tao hindi sardinas'

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan has filed a bill that seeks to guarantee and protect the right of Filipinos to travel safely, conveniently, affordably, and with dignity

PACKED. The MRT Taft Station platform is packed with people alighting the train coaches. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gretchen Diez files discrimination complaint vs Araneta Center

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Gretchen Diez asks the Quezon City Pride Council to conduct a formal investigation into the incident

FORMALIZED. Transgender woman Gretchen Diez held a close door meeting at the Quezon City Hall with the Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte along with the pride council to further discuss the ramifications of the implementation of gender neutral facilities, particularly its restrooms that are non discriminatory to the LGBTQ community. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

Rappler Talk: Senator Francis Pangilinan on commuter rights bill

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Pangilinan hopes to restore the dignity of commuting and create a magna carta for commuters' rights

Gretchen Diez: 'God is love. Love does not hate, love accepts.'

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

'You cannot limit the power of God's creation to only men and women,' says transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot.

Why not use Homo sapiens? 'We have discrimination,' says Gretchen Diez

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:27 PM

'Discrimination is supposed to be a beautiful word, having the ability to identify right easily recognize people. But instead of recognizing people, recognizing differences, we tend to use it against each other,' says Gretchen Custodio Diez

A WOMAN. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks at a Rappler Talk interview on Thursday, August 15. Rappler screenshot

Malacañang: We have to respect LGBTQ+ rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:50 PM

But the Palace is vague on whether it would certify as urgent the SOGIE bill pending in Congress

RESIST TOGETHER. Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community march along the streets of Marikina City on June 29, 2019, to amplify their calls for respect and equality. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Catriona Gray rallies behind Gretchen Diez: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:53 AM

'The whole argument of shifting the blame to the victim for reasons of being trans to justify abuse is still victim blaming and is not right,' says Catriona

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Gretchen Diez on living her truth

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

For Gretchen Custodio Diez, the fight for equality is far from over. Watch the interview live on Rappler.

Regime forces advance towards key town in northwest Syria

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:31 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's fighters are just a few kilometers away from Khan Sheikhun, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

KEY TOWN. This picture taken on August 5, 2019 shows smoke billowing above buildings during a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on Khan Sheikhun in the south of the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

#SOGIEEqualityNow: Transgender restroom issue sparks call for passage of SOGIE bill

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The arrest of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez triggers public outcry and pressures lawmakers to pursue the anti-discrimination bill

Fire janitress? LGBTQ+ party calls for SOGIE awareness instead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:03 PM

LGBTQ+ Partylist points out how the incident shows a need to improve training and education about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Philippines

SOGIE. LGBTQ+ Partylist calls for the passage of the SOGIE equality bill after the arrest of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez in a protest on Wednesday, August 14. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

Roman to LGBTQ+: 'Demand from gov't what is due us as human beings'

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman and the Makabayan bloc formally file a resolution seeking a probe into the harassment of trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez

EQUALITY. LGBTQ+ rights advocates and Representatives Arlene Brosas (L) and Geraldine Roman (center) hold a press conference on August 14, 2019. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

CHR reminds government: Activism is a right

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says automatically linking expression of dissent and criticism to efforts against the government is a 'very limited view of how a democracy works'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Farmers Plaza apologizes to Gretchen Diez, distances from errant employee

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'We hope this isolated incident, clearly a mistake committed by an agency worker not organic to our company, does not define our lasting good relations with all our customers,' Farmers Plaza management says in a statement

DETAINED. Transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez at QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Vice Ganda, Ice Seguerra defend Gretchen Diez: 'Kailan pa kaya lalawak ang pang unawa sa LGBTQ+?'

Aug 14, 2019 - 4:56 PM

'This is a real concern – na hangga't hindi mo pa nararanasan, isasawalang bahala mo lang,' says Ice

Groups to QC gov't: Enforce anti-discrimination ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:14 PM

An incident of discrimination against a transgender woman in Quezon City triggers calls for change from politicians and businesses alike

Joy Belmonte condemns Cubao mall's disregard of QC Gender Fair ordinance

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

This comes after the Farmer's Market mall in the Araneta Center blocked trans woman Gretchen Custodio Diez from using the women's restroom

FIRM STAND. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte condemns the discrimination gainst Gretchen Custodio Diez. Photo by Quezon City Public Affairs Department

Geraldine Roman vows House probe vs LGBTQ+ discrimination

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'The LGBT community might be a minority, but they are still Filipinos whose rights have to be protected, and we as members of Congress have to stand up for equality,' says Geraldine Roman

ON THE GROUND. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman visits Gretchen Diez after she was arrested. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Trans woman Gretchen Diez: I didn't think I'd be treated like a criminal

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:56 PM

(UPDATED) The janitress who prevented Diez from using a women's restroom drops her complaint against Diez, but the transgender woman vows to 'pursue legal action'

SAFE? This photo shows transgender woman Gretchen Diez at the QCPD Station 7. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trans woman arrested after being blocked from using women's restroom in Cubao

Aug 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say Gretchen Custodio Diez was arrested for going live on Facebook while inside a female restroom

ARRESTED. Gretchen Custodio Diez speaks to reporters after her arrest on Tuesday, August 13. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘This can’t be right’: Bela Padilla calls out Grab driver for revealing home address

Aug 10, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Grab Philippines apologizes, and tells the actress it will investigate the matter

Health group warns gov't vs 'knee-jerk' move to lift Dengvaxia ban

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Health Action for Human Rights instead urges the public to take a ‘rational, holistic, and participatory’ approach in addressing the epidemic

DENGUE EPIDEMIC. The Department of Health on Tuesday, August 6, declared a national dengue epidemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Murder, 'gay-hunters' strike terror in Russia's LGBT community

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The Pila group promises 'very dangerous and cruel little gifts' to a number of Russia's gay activists

YELENA GRIGORYEVA. In this file photo taken on October 28, 2018 police officers detain LGBT activist Yelena Grigoryeva at a rally in support of the defendants involved in the New Greatness case in Saint Petersburg. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

Chinese human rights lawyer lands in U.S. despite travel ban

Aug 04, 2019 - 7:57 PM

'Merely for following and defending the law in normal practice, I have met naked threats delivered in my face by officials representing the Chinese government,' Chen Jiangang says

Air strikes stop in Syria's Idlib after truce announced

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian and Russia aircraft were no longer seen flying over Idlib following the truce hailed by Moscow

U.S. lawmakers 'deeply troubled' by human rights abuses in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Several members of the US House of Representatives call out the Duterte administration's drug war, crackdown on press freedom, and attacks on rights groups

US LAWMAKERS. In this photo, the US Capitol where lawmakers hold office is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

HRW: Blocking access won't stop U.N. report on PH drug war

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson says various governments from around the world concerned about the situation here would 'continue to make representations'

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Air strikes kill 15 civilians in northwest Syria

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 7 children among 11 civilians are killed in Syrian air strikes that targeted two residential buildings

WAR. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) carry the body of a victim at the site of a reported air strike on the town of Ariha, in the south of Syria's Idlib province on July 27, 2019. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

[OPINION] A prayerful Congress

Jul 27, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Podiums will become pulpits

[Right of Way] Why Metro Manila traffic will never be solved

Jul 26, 2019 - 5:16 PM

The status quo won't get us anywhere

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[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.

Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

'Enough of him’: Groups slam Duterte halfway through his term

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

In the same day that President Duterte delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address, critics say they've had enough of his administration

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte admin dismisses red-tagging petition as 'implausible'

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Human rights lawyers are on a slight disadvantage because the Court of Appeals has already denied their request for a protection order

WRIT OF AMPARO. The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) await the decision of the Court of Appeals on their petition for a writ of amparo. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Support pours in for trans woman after workplace discrimination tweet

Jul 17, 2019 - 2:29 PM

'It's clearly transphobia. I have been wearing [clothes] appropriately to the best of my understanding. And I have been doing my job well,' says 21-year-old trans woman Aeron Jade Parena

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What happened when the U.N. reviewed Venezuela's human rights situation?

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dismisses the report as being 'fraught with false statements.' Will the same happen to the Philippines?

PH won't provide drug war docs if UNHRC report 'just fishing expedition'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines, not U.N., should probe drug war – Lacson

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:13 PM

'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PHILIPPINE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines should first probe killings in the drug war before the United Nations. Photo from Senate of the Philippines PRIB