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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Jul 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

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Jul 27, 2017 - 10:04 AM

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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

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Jake Zyrus on his journey as a transgender man

Jul 01, 2017 - 12:58 PM

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Jake Zyrus opens up on coming out, transitioning

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Jake Zyrus talks about coming out as a transgender man and the steps he s taken to transition

Mengenakan mukena saat salat? Sebuah dilema spiritual waria

Jun 29, 2017 - 12:37 PM

Bagaimana Islam memandang persoalan ini?

ILUSTRASI. Calon konsumen memilih jilbab di salah satu gerai di sebuah pusat perbelanjaan. Foto oleh R. Rekotomo/Antara

WATCH: Angie, Joey Mead King tell all in TLC feature

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

On TLC s The Kings Joey and Angie Mead King talk about Angie s transition

Refleksi IDAHOT 2017: Perjuangan melawan homofobia bukan hanya milik LGBT

May 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Sebagai kelompok masyarakat yang kerap ditindas sudah sepatutnya LGBT memiliki rasa solidaritas yang kuat terhadap kelompok lain yang mengalami penindasan

LGBTQ activists: We are tolerated but not accepted in the Philippines

May 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The LGBTQ community says there is a lack of protections for them in schools and workplaces and stereotypes against them persist

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler

Cops in murder case thought foot boiling inside pot was a 'sick prank'

May 15, 2017 - 5:36 PM

The foot belonged to Indonesian Mayang Prasetyo who was murdered then dismembered and cooked by her Australian chef husband

TRIBUTE PAGE. Screenshot of a Facebook community page on Mayang Prasetyo created October 7, 2014.

Film ‘Bulu Mata’ mengulik diskriminasi transgender di Aceh

Apr 10, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Film ini tak akan pernah diputar di Aceh dengan alasan untuk melindungi keberlangsungan hidup komunitas transgender yang hingga kini semakin terancam

BULU MATA. Cuplikan adegan dalam film 'Bulu Mata' karya Tonny Trimarsanto mengisahkan perjuangan hidup kaum transgender di Aceh. Foto dari Rumah Dokumente

Court affirms guilty verdict on US Marine in Jennifer Laude death

Apr 10, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The Court of Appeals rejects US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton s plea of self defense

APPEAL REJECTED. File photo of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with local security forces. File photo by Rappler

Lawmakers vote on deal to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM

UPDATED The so called bathroom bill which has drawn intense controversy since it was debated in 2015 and narrowly passed by the state last March is slated Thursday March 30 for a series of repeal votes in the state legislature

LGBT advocates lead charge for anti-discrimination bill

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Representatives Emmeline Aglipay Villar Kaka Bag ao and Geraldine Roman sponsor the proposed SOGIE Equality Act for 2nd reading in the House

EQUALITY CHAMPS. SOGIE Equality Act co-authors and Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Geraldine Roman listen as House women and gender equality chairperson Emmeline Aglipay Villar sponsors the bill on 2nd reading. Photo from Bag'ao's office

Transgender students decry 'dangerous' Trump decision

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:20 AM

They warn there is a higher risk that transgender youth would be exposed to violence after the Trump administration overturned Obama era federal protections

People take part in rally outside the Stonewall Inn, a landmark of the gay rights movement, on February 23, 2017 in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, demanding to maintain protection for transgender and gender non-conforming people. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR

White House overturns Obama-era protections for transgender students

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The Trump administration is now leaving it up to states and school districts to decide whether students should have access to bathrooms that do not reflect their biological sex

In this file photo, a gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

PH military may soon have its 1st transgender officer

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:49 AM

Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman expresses her intent to join the AFP reserve corps The military welcomes it

REPRESENTATIVE. Geraldine Roman makes Philippine history as the first transgender member of the House of Representatives. Photo from Geraldine Roman's Facebook page

Bagai perempuan tanpa vagina: Penulis transgender berbagi kisahnya

Jan 03, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Buku terbaru Merlyn Sopjan ‘Wo w Man’ diberi label 21 Mengapa?

Penulis Merlyn Sopjan berbicara dalam bedah buku terbarunya di Malang, Jawa Timur, di Pesta Sejuta Buku, pada 2 Januari 2017. Foto oleh Dyah Ayu Pitaloka

After 17 years, LGBT anti-discrimination bill up for Senate debate

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:00 AM

It is the first time an anti discrimination bill reaches the Senate plenary

'HISTORIC.' After nearly 2 decades, a bill prohibiting discrimination against members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community finally reaches the Senate plenary and is now up for debate. File photo by Rappler

BB Gandanghari is legally a woman

Nov 17, 2016 - 5:49 PM

BB announces that her petition for change of gender and name has been approved

A secret beauty pageant for Indonesia's transgender women

Nov 14, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Indonesian transgenders paraded in colorful glittering evening gowns on November 11 in a beauty pageant held almost entirely in secret to avoid unwanted attention from hardliners in the Muslim majority nation

SECRET PAGEANT. Miss Transvestite Indonesia 2016 contestants perform during the 2016 Miss Queen contest in Jakarta on November 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

Ketika santri transgender menjadi korban intoleransi

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Mereka memiliki hak untuk bersembahyang karena mereka juga bagian dari ciptaan Tuhan ”

Kapolsek Banguntapan, Kompol Suharno berbincang dengan Komandan Front Jihad Islam (FJI) Abdurahman di gang menuju pondok pesantren waria pada Jumat, 19 Februari. Foto oleh Mawa Kresna/Rappler

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Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Minority lawmakers oppose same-sex unions in PH

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says a same sex couple locked in a kiss in a wedding ceremony is not pleasant to look at

AGAINST. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (left), Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza (2nd from right), and AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr (right) explain why their bloc opposes same-sex unions. Only Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (2nd from left) support it. File photos by Rappler

Roman: 'Sky will not fall' if same-sex civil union bill is passed

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman a transwoman says it s about time for the Philippines to recognize the rights of same sex couples

LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman is also a co-author of the anti-discrimination bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Same-sex civil marriage bill may 'divide' House – minority lawmakers

Oct 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Legislators agree that the bill Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez plans to file will spark an intelligent deliberation on LGBT rights at the House of Representatives

LGBT RIGHTS. A couple kisses during the 22nd Manila Pride March in June 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

8 things you didn't know about Lav Diaz's 'Ang Babaeng Humayo'

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:30 PM

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Director Lav Diaz (C), Charo Santos-Concio and John Lloyd Cruz attend the photocall of the movie 'Ang Babaeng Humayo' (The Woman Who Left) presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2016 at Venice Lido. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/ AFP

Emotional Roman urges Congress to pass anti-discrimination bill

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman the country s first transgender congresswoman recalls how her late macho politician father fully supported his transgender child

FIRST SPEECH. Bataan 1st District Representative Geraldine Roman delivers her first privilege speech on September 19. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' website

Rappler Talk: Geraldine Roman on fighting discrimination

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Why is there a need for an anti discrimination bill? Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman explains

Actress Alexis Arquette dies

Sep 12, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Alexis siblings Patricia David Rosanna and Richmond Arquette confirm the news of her death

US condemns Indonesian anti-LGBT statements

Aug 12, 2016 - 2:17 PM

State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau says Washington is closely monitoring reports of possible measures in Indonesia that would restrict the freedom of expression for LGBTI individuals

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:40 AM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says lifting the ban is the right thing to do but Republican lawmakers criticize the move

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that the military will lift its ban on transgender troops during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, June 30, 2016. "This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Proponents hope to pass anti-discrimination bill in 17th Congress

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The bill that seeks to end discrimination in the Philippines faces strong opposition in the Lower House

PRIDE. LGBT groups and individuals gather at the Luneta to celebrate the 22nd Pride March in the Philippines on June 25, 2016

Veejay Floresca: Between fashion and transition

Jun 27, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Fashion designer and transgender woman Veejay Floresca talks about choosing between her career and her transition

Photo courtesy of Veejay Floresca

Respecting LGBTQIA, celebrating pride

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Certainly the child bullied because of gender expressions that run afoul of community norms wishes only to be ordinary not to stand out

You cannot kill LGBTQ pride

Jun 16, 2016 - 11:17 AM

We are born who we are loving who we do fabulous and beautiful the way we were meant to We mind our own business yet it becomes our problem when our nature stirs in you a desire to see us die

Ketika konsep ‘transgender’ sudah usang

Jun 05, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Penis tidak selamanya bersesuaian dengan maskulinitas

Ilustrasi oleh Adhitya Pattisahusiwa/

US states sue federal government over transgender bathroom use

May 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Texas and 10 other states accuse the Obama administration of running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights

epa05303100 (FILE) A file picture dated 16 april 2016 shows an 'All Gender' bathroom sign at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, USA. According to reports from 13 May 2016, the US administration plans to direct public schools to allow transgender students use whichever bathroom they prefer to match their gender identity. EPA/JASON SZENES

Bolivia enacts law letting transsexuals change ID documents

May 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Who are we to judge and to deny someone who wants to modify their sexual identity? says Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia

epa05322356 A handout picture provided by the Bolivian Agency of Information (ABI) shows Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera (C) signing the Law of Gender Identity accompanied by Bolivian President of Senate Jose Alberto Gonzales (L) and Bolivian President of Deputy Chamber Gabriela Montano (R) in La Paz, Bolivia, 21 May 2016. The law permits transexual and transgender people to change their names and gender in their identification documents. EPA/ABI HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Maroon 5 cancels N Carolina show over anti-trans law

May 21, 2016 - 12:07 PM

In March North Carolina passed a law that requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates

CANCELED SHOW. Maroon 5 cancels their North Carolina show because of a law that says transgender people should use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. File photo shows frontman Adam Levine at Meo Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 17, 2015. Photo by Jose Sena Goulao/EPA