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'Not here for decoration:' Thai transgender MPs make history in parliament

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, a lawmaker for the progressive anti-junta Future Forward Party, is one of 4 transgender MPs in the house – pioneers in a society where discrimination in education, employment and at home persists

A NEW THAI MP. In this picture taken on June 5, 2019, Future Forward Party MP Tanwarin Sukkhapisit poses before the parliamentary vote for Thailand's new prime minister in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Meet Jek dela Cerna, 1st transwoman pageant queen of Mapua Makati

Mar 30, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I deserve this. I know in my heart that I am a woman,' says Jek dela Cerna

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

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Jazell Barbie Royale is the first person of color to win the Miss International Queen since the competition started in 2004

Contestant Jazell Barbie Royale of the US reacts while being crowned the Miss International Queen 2019 by Miss International Queen 2018, Nguyen Huong Giang during the transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

First transgender designer shows at New York Fashion Week

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Pierre Davis is the first openly transgender creator to present a collection at New York's prestigious Fashion Week

Angela Ponce makes history: 'I don't need to win Miss Universe. I only need to be here.'

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:07 AM

'I always say: having a vagina didn't transform me into a woman. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here'

MAKING HISTORY. She failed to make the cut, but Angela Ponce is a queen in all ways. Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

Church of England to hold services to mark gender change

Dec 11, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The guidance says: 'The Church of England welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the body of Christ'

CHANGING CHURCH. The Canterbury Church in Canterbury, Kent, England. Shutter Photo

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

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

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Victoria's Secret CEO resigns amid flagging sales and model controversy

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:21 AM

The resignation quickly comes after VS brand director's comments against including transgender or plus-size models in their show

Trump says 'looking at' transgender issues after report of policy change

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The department's proposed definition of gender would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

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Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Portugal becomes 'the 6th European country to grant the right to self-determination of transgender identity... without the guardianship of a third party and without a diagnosis of identity disruption'

CHANGE. File photo of the Portuguese Parliamnent which passed the 'gender change' law. Photo by Partricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Iza Calzado open to kissing transgender actor in future projects

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Iza stars in the Cinemalaya film 'Distance'

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

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

Nature never tells all at first sight

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

When will the rest of us come out of the closet of our own biases?

#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

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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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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

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

Transgender teen wins battle in U.S. 'toilet wars'

May 23, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Gavin Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights in the US

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM. File photo shows a gender neutral sign posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Singapore couple challenge annulment of marriage after sex change

Apr 02, 2018 - 6:12 PM

The Singapore government voids the marriage of a couple after the husband underwent a sex change because the operation made their partnership a same-sex union that is illegal in the city-state

CAKES. Same-sex marriage cake toppers are displayed on a shelf at Fantastico on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Pakistan's first transgender news anchor makes headlines

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Marvia Malik, a former model who appeared on the private broadcaster Kohenoor for the first time says 'my family never accepted or owned me' and the rift drove her to seek a better future in Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital

FIRST IN PAKISTAN. In this photograph taken on March 27, 2018, Pakistan's first transgender news anchor Marvia Malik, 21, prepares before reading the news on air for private channel Kohenoor in Lahore. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

Trump scraps blanket transgender military ban, major restrictions remain

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security 'may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals,' says the memorandum

Transgender women can breastfeed, first case study shows

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The report in the journal Transgender Health describes a 30-year-old transgender woman who was born male and had been taking feminizing hormone therapy for six years

BEST FOR BABIES. File photo of a mother breastfeeding. AFP Photo

LGBT defenders face escalated attacks in Indonesia – report

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:00 AM

A report by international watchdog Front Line Defenders found that defenders of LGBT rights in Muslim-majority Indonesia, face escalating attacks ranging from defamation on social media to torture and sexual assault

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19, 2015. Under Aceh Sharia law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Indonesia police force 'manly makeover' on transgender beauticians

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Police lop off some of the beautiicians' long hair with scissors as well as force the group to wear male clothing and speak in a masculine voice

Malaysian transgender conversion plan sparks alarm

Dec 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Participation in the conversion therapy course would be voluntary, says a Terengganu state official. LGBT activists condemn the plans.

Duterte wants LGBT representation in anti-poverty body

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is looking for a 'bright' and 'honest' person to represent the LGBT community in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 7th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Davao Year-End Gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017, invites the LGBT community to nominate a worthy candidate from their community who is capable of taking a seat at the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

RAPPLER EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Cecilio Asuncion

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Join us as we talk to the Fil-Am Miss Universe judge about training pageant queens, the LGBT community, and his all- transgender model agency Slay

Film bertema transgender menang di 'FFI 2017'

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:31 PM

'Bulu Mata' menjadi film transgender pertama yang memenangi penghargaan dalam sejarah 'Festival Film Indonesia (FFI)'

Bulu Mata menjadi Film Dokumenter Panjang Terbaik pada malam anugerah FFI 2017 di Manado, Sabtu malam, 11 November. Foto dari Rumah Dokumenter

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Democrat Danica Roem prevails in her race against Republican Robert Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's 'chief homophobe'

WINNER. This file photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows Danica Roem, a Democrat for Delegate in Virginia's district 13, a transgender, at her campaign office on September 22, 2017 in Manassas, Virginia. Paul J. Richards/AFP

U.S. court blocks Trump's military transgender ban

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:49 AM

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly orders the government to 'revert to the status quo' that was in effect before Trump ordered the contentious ban

NOT A BURDEN. This file photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows protesters as they display placards against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

Tonny Trimarsanto menyusuri jalan sunyi film dokumenter transgender

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Sutradara Tonny Trimarsanto banyak dikenal sebagai sineas dokumenter yang punya spesialisasi isu transgender

Tonny Trimarsanto, sutradara film dokumenter yang peduli pada kelompok minoritas di Indonesia. Foto oleh Ari Susanto/Rappler

Senior U.S. senators try to protect transgender troops

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins files a bill attempting to block or limit President Donald Trump's decree to bar transgender personnel from serving in the military

PROPONENTS. Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Susan Collins file a bill seeking protection for transgender troops. Photo of McCain by Tasos Katopodis/AFP, photos of Reed, Gillibrand, Collins from their Twitter accounts

Pentagon chief lets transgender troops remain in service

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says transgender troops will continue to serve in the military while he studies an order by President Donald Trump banning them from US forces

In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Trump signs memo banning transgender troops

Aug 26, 2017 - 11:36 AM

The memorandum calls on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and homeland security chiefs to submit an implementation plan by mid February and grants Mattis broad discretion what to do about currently serving transgender personnel

Jollibee apologizes to 'genderqueer' for discrimination at main office

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Netizens slam Jollibee Food Corp for allegedly discriminating against a member of the LGBT community

Transgender U.S. troops sue Trump over ban announcement

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The 5 plaintiffs from the Air Force Coast Guard and the Army say they face uncertainty about their futures including whether they would be fired or lose post military and retirement benefits

NOT A BURDEN. This file photo taken on July 26, 2017 shows protesters as they display placards against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US Army career center in Times Square, New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

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Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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FAIRNESS. LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada vows to treat other public utility vehicle operators no differently from Grab and Uber. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Trump bans transgender people from U.S. military

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

UPDATED The announcement serves as a stunning reversal of an Obama era policy and leaves unanswered a slew of questions including whether transgender personnel currently serving may soon face getting booted from the military

TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

Nat'l Youth Commission hits Noli de Castro for 'mocking' Jake Zyrus

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:55 AM

NYC Commissioner Perci Cendaña says the broadcaster should apologize for describing the transitioning of the singer as climate change

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

Pentagon delays plan for transgender recruits

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:37 PM

The 5 armed service branches can now delay accepting transgender recruits until January 1

DELAY. US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP