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Taiwan's 'conservative anarchist' transgender cabinet member

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister and the world's first openly transgender cabinet member says, it is the experience of living through different identities that allows her to see multiple perspectives

This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang holding up a postcard of herself during an interview at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. Taiwan's digital minister is the world's first openly transgender cabinet member and has blazed a trail ever since she quit school aged 14. Sam Yeh / AFP

[OPINION] Being pansexual is all about love – not pans

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Being pansexual is the version of me that exists without fear. It is the version of me that wasn't threatened into heterosexuality by a family, a society, or a religion.

[OPINION] 'A storm rages outside': The challenges of being transgender

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

I trusted that the friends I have would be accepting of me, and sure enough, they were. I wish I could say the same for my family, though.

[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?

The power of Pink Dot, Singapore's LGBTQ+ movement, lies in its rejection

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:16 PM

What happens after the music dies and the lights go out on Pink Dot?

[OPINION] Who is afraid to mess with the 'bakla?'

Jun 28, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'Identities are never fixed.... Pride Marches should present messy spaces that constantly evolve,' says sociology professor Evangelista

Why the term 'bakla' can be more closeting than liberating for some

Jun 22, 2019 - 1:30 PM

'Growing up with the tag of bakla weighs heavily on the shoulders of many, due to the expectations of who the bakla should be,' says sociology professor Athena Charanne Presto

Rape jokes? These women aren't laughing

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:16 PM

On International Women's Day, Filipinas band together to call for empowerment

End gendered uniform restrictions for LGBT students

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:06 PM

As anti discrimination legislation languishes in Congress removing uniform and hair length restrictions is an easy place for schools to start protecting their students from discrimination

PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity

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

The party goes on

Jun 15, 2016 - 8:18 PM

What happened in Orlando may have sent chills down our spines but it will never silence the community

Dear Manny: X users react

Feb 18, 2016 - 8:49 PM

X users share their take on Manny Pacquiao s comments forgiving him and the judgment of the online community

March for those who can’t

Dec 09, 2015 - 3:39 PM

Pride celebrations should be less about celebrating individuality and more on remembering collective history and strengthening solidarity

PH pushes for gender rights in climate negotiations

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The Philippines proposes that parties should be guided by gender equality and ensure the full and equal participation of women in all climate actions and decision making processes

WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. Women contribute greatly to both national and household food security, and yet their efforts are left 'invisible and undervalued,' says the Food and Agriculture Organization. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Best argument vs same-sex marriage is a dangerous argument

Jul 06, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Ending all debates by court order is proper if the other side of the debate deprives individuals of their fundamental rights and human dignity

Busting myths on sexual abuse: Who's to blame?

Apr 25, 2015 - 1:00 PM

There is a need to shift the blame advocates say away from the victim To do this Filipino society must bust the many gender based myths on sexual abuse

Coming out: Parents, children, and everything else

Apr 18, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Arguing with close minded people feels like you re talking to a wall Your child will face several of these walls throughout her or his life What are you going to do about it?

Do women have to wait until they're 81 to be CEO?

Mar 19, 2015 - 12:01 PM

As absurd as it may sound this is the possible scenario each girl will be facing as soon as they leave the safety and comfort of their homes and their schools

China court raps clinic over 'gay conversion' therapy

Dec 19, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Homosexuality stopped being classified as a mental disorder in China in 2001 but widespread intolerance toward gays and lesbians remains

The annual Christmas challenge of being gay

Dec 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

We are tired of being asked what is wrong with us that we can t find a partner or a spouse We re not picky afraid of commitment or unable to keep a relationship Believe it or not we are actually loved

Why Gay Pride celebrations still exist

Dec 05, 2014 - 5:31 PM

We march for the hope that who we are what our families look like who we love and how we act will no longer disqualify us from fair treatment and equal rights

Filipino psychologists on Laude's death and gender-based violence

Dec 01, 2014 - 6:17 PM

Psychology professionals from all over the country highlight the grave consequences of violence on the mental health and well being of women

Uphold our rights, women tell male-dominated Congress

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:25 PM

Even if we’re not the majority our voice can still be powerful So we need to shout it out so other members of the Congress can hear us

PH laws: Not a man's world

Nov 26, 2014 - 12:51 PM

The battle for advancing women’s rights is still a battle for the woman’s body Who owns the rights to a woman’s body?

EQUALITY. Women legislators come together to call on other legislators to be more 'gender responsive.' Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Ugandan lawmakers draw up new anti-gay bill

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:44 PM

As long as homosexuals target and take advantage of our children and vulnerable people the opposition will support an anti gay law presented to us says opposition chief Cecilia Ogwal

A file picture dated 10 February 2014 shows Kenyan supporters of the LGBT community stage a protest against Uganda's anti-gay bill in front of the Ugandan High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

#BeenRapedNeverReported: Rape victims speak up online

Nov 08, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Rape victims find a safe confessional on social media

We don't need the Pope to tell us what to think

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Evolution and the Big Bang are real whether or not an authority figure says so

I am Jennifer Laude

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:23 AM

What happened to Jennifer Laude could ve have happened to anyone Who are we to cast judgement on her?

'Jeepney nurses' photo sparks sexism debate online

Oct 16, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Is chivalry dead? Netizens battle it out on Facebook

US Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in more states

Oct 07, 2014 - 12:04 AM

UPDATED Same sex couples will soon be able to wed in up to 30 US states after the Supreme Court declines to consider – for now – a nationwide ruling on the divisive issue

WE PROTEST. Demonstrators hold an anti-gay marriage rally inside the Utah State Capitol on January 28, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a federal judge ruled unconstitutional a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Utah. The Supreme Court has left the rulings in place. Photo by George Frey / Getty Images / AFP

Kapederasyon wants Aquino ‘out’

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:46 AM

LGBT group Kapederasyon holds a fashion show protest over Aquino s anti people and anti national policies

LGBT RIGHTS. LGBT group Kapederasyon organizes a fashion show at Bonifacio Shrine to call for Aquino's accountability over several issues. Photo by Joel Leporada/

'I’m gay but I’m not broken'

Jul 09, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Reparative therapy? No thank you I don’t need to be repaired I’m gay but I’m not broken

Victories for transgender equality and the long road ahead

Jul 09, 2014 - 6:30 PM

President Barack Obama has done more in less time to advance the rights of the LBGT community than any administration in history


Verdict on Zambian gay couple delayed again

Jun 23, 2014 - 10:40 PM

The couple has been held since May 2013 on charges of having sex against the order of nature the first known arrests of a gay couple in Zambia

The starting ripple in workplace equality

Oct 17, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Equalizing benefits in the workplace for LGBT employees is gaining ground in the country with a recent announcement by a top firm

An afternoon on courage

Sep 10, 2013 - 3:43 PM

Readers and fans of Palanca award winner Shakira Sison gather the courage from her words on love relationships and staying true to yourself

When your friend is gay

Jul 18, 2013 - 8:00 AM

You cannot claim you love gay people when you mock their lifetime struggles and their childhood taunts

The day 'equal' became real

Jun 27, 2013 - 8:26 AM

For the first time in history same sex marriages have the same chances and protections as any heterosexual marriage

[Dash of SAS] A man is not a financial plan

Jun 18, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Women don t need men to secure their financial future or freedom

Things gay people are still told

May 02, 2013 - 9:58 AM

As gays lesbians bisexuals and transgenders we also need to start treating ourselves with higher regard

Does US gay marriage debate matter to PH?

Mar 27, 2013 - 5:27 PM

Same sex marriage victories outside the country bring conversations to the table