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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'
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
Amid heated discussions on the SOGIE equality bill, a group of LGBTQ+ advocates and allies explore the power of empathy through proactive education
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.
The bill seeks anti-discrimination on the basis of SOGIE, not infringement on religious liberties or parental authority
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.
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
Watch the Senate hearing on the SOGIE equality bill live on Rappler
Anti-discrimination laws aid in protecting members of the LGBTQ+ community as it strives towards achieving equality for all
'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
The fight for equality and anti-discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community is one that has known almost two decades of legal struggle
Most Philippine companies cannot be said to be LGBTQ+-friendly
(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'
We talk to Mela Habijan about terms, definitions, and why recognition matters
‘Mister President, naumpisahan na natin. Sana ipagpatuloy na natin ang pagpapasa sa SOGIE equality bill,’ says Gretchen Diez
In this video, we explain how SOGIE can be mixed and matched in many ways
'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
'Why not just Homo sapiens? We’re all the same,' remarks Senate President Vicente Sotto III
(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
Gender is often confusing for a lot of people. In this video we explore the concept of SOGIE.
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
Six out of 10 members of the LGBT+ community experience outright injustice
‘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
'There is a misconception that the bill goes against our religious beliefs, our religious freedom, but that is far from the truth,' says Pia
I make this appeal for the sake of science, for the sake of morality and for the sake of the nation’s well-being
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a conservative, says the bill is practically dead in the 17th Congress
(UPDATED) Germany is the 15th European nation to legalize gay marriage, but advocates say the battle for equal rights continues
This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress
A Two Pronged reader asks if a past experience has affected his sexual orientation
Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House
Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman the country s first transgender congresswoman recalls how her late macho politician father fully supported his transgender child
A real apology means admitting your mistakes treating us as equals and fighting for our rights the way you would fight for your own
The LP vice presidential bet on same sex relationships: [I m] a devout Catholic who lives by the dictates of my religion pero naniniwala ako na yung gobyerno dapat bukas sa lahat ng usapin
A gender rights advocate in Cebu says Mandaue s city ordinance is a victory for the entire LGBT community
Do Filipinos really understand terms like sexual orientation gender identity sex and sexuality?
To all my LGBT friends I am happy to announce that we are all welcome to enter the club
One of the nightclub s co owners celebrity host performer Vice Ganda threatens to pull out his shares
Top fashion designer and transgender rights advocate Veejay Floresca challenges a high end bar s no cross dressing policy after being denied entry
Join the party on April 30 and break free from gender based stereotypes
I write this story because I want the world to know that for HIV carriers there is hope to live one s life again – as long as you take pro active steps to get tested regularly
Bishops support a law against second class treatment for the LGBT but air reservations about the right to choose one s gender among other things
We have to realize that the fight for LGBTQ rights and acceptance can only be won with everyone s help
For a society long trained and educated to think of gender as only a choice between two sexes the changing reality that gender is not just man or woman can be disorienting confusing and too complex
Despite society s judging gaze and just the ups and downs of a relationship two people celebrate 17 years of happiness
I want to tell parents who are worried about having gay children that most of us are happy We are successful educated and treat others the way we would like to be treated – with respect
Parents can t control who we are attracted to But they can control whether and how they will show their unconditional love for their child
Our numbers and strength has been steadily growing We have come at the stage in our struggle for equality and respect that we will never accept discrimination abuse and violence a part of our existence