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Switzerland votes for law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:57 PM

The new law bans denigrating or discriminating against someone for being gay or inciting hatred against that person in text, speech, images or gestures

DIVERSITY. The nightclub shooting in Orlando is the worst mass shooting incident in American history. Rappler file photo.

Switzerland votes on new law against homophobia

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:53 AM

The new law would widen existing legislation against discrimination or incitement to hatred on ethnic or religious grounds to include sexual orientation.

HOMOPHOBIA IN SWITZERLAND. A campaign poster showing gagged Swiss MP Celine Amaudruz of right wing populist Swiss People's Party and asking Swiss voters in a referendum to reject a proposed ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation on January 30, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. executes gay man who said trial tainted by homophobia

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Charles Rhines, 63, is put to death by lethal injection soon after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by his lawyers claiming that his trial was tainted

(FILES) In this undated file image from the South Dakota Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Charles Rhine. - A death row inmate due to be executed in South Dakota on November 4, 2019 has made a last-minute appeal for clemency, saying jurors at his trial were prejudiced against him because he is gay. Charles Rhines, 63, was scheduled to die by lethal injection later Monday, 27 years after killing an employee in a shop he was robbing in the rural state in the center of the country.As the execution loomed, his lawyers launched a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court demanding that it reopen the case on the basis of testimony from witnesses who claim Rhines did not receive a fair trial. (Photo by HO / South Dakota Department of Corrections / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Dakota Department of Corrections" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Brazil's president says criminalizing homophobia could 'hurt' gays

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Speaking to reporters, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says employers would 'think twice' before hiring a gay person for fear they could be accused of homophobia

WIN FOR LGTB. The Supreme Court says crimes against gay and transgender people is similar to racism. AFP file photo

London police arrest 5 teens over attack vs lesbian couple

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The teenagers are suspected of ganging up on a lesbian couple for refusing to kiss each other for entertainment

BEATEN. Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris after being attacked by a gang of males aboard the London night bus. Photo from Geymonat's Facebook page

Fewer rainbows, less social media for China's LGBT community

May 18, 2019 - 8:33 PM

It's been tough for China's LGBT community: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products

In this photo taken on May 10, 2019, a gay student poses with a rainbow flag in Beijing. China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down some of its social media forums, online news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed sales of rainbow-themed products. The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China -- fearing a crackdown -- to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. GREG BAKER / AFP

Gender equality advocates to launch campaign to end violence against LGBTQ+

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

PRESS RELEASE: #EndRainbow violence is a movement that aims to increase the public's awareness on the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer rights to promote acceptance and eliminate stigma

Manny Pacquiao: boxer, senator, bigot

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

When he used his power, renown, and privilege to actively rob us of our rights and our humanity, it is only fair that we refuse this convenient compartmentalization and rob him of the things that put him there in the first place.

Ellen Page accuses Brett Ratner of 'homophobic and abusive behavior'

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The actress said that the 'X-Men' director outed her publicly on set without her consent

ELLEN PAGE. The actress joins the wave of women who have come forward against director Brett Ratner. Screengrab from Facebook.com/EllenPage

Malaysia offers up to $1,000 for best 'gay prevention' video

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Contestants are invited to submit a video clip addressing various categories including gayness or gender confusion

GAY PREVENTION. The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes of up to $1,000 for the best videos explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry's website. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP

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

Australian state apologizes for old homophobic laws

May 24, 2016 - 3:55 PM

For the laws we passed and the lives we ruined and the standards we set we are so sorry says Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

epa05325974 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C) makes an apology statement in Parliament House in Melbourne, Australia, 24 May 2016. Andrews has apologized for the 'abominable' historical laws that made homosexuality punishable with jail. Sodomy laws, which criminalized consensual same-sex relationships, a legacy of the British colonial era, were progressively abolished in different jurisdictions of the country between 1972 and 1997. The state of Victoria abolished these laws, under which homosexual acts were punishable with 15 years in prison, in 1981 and since September last year people convicted under these laws can apply to have these convictions expunged from their records. EPA/JOE CASTRO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Kosovo holds first-ever gay pride march

May 17, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci joins the march to express support for the LGBT community

epa05311894 Activists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) comunity hold posters and rainbow flags during a march against homophobia in Pristina, Kosovo, 17 May 2016. The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is marked annualy on 17 May to raise awareness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights violations. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable – and some say dangerous – political territory

In this file photo, legislator Jair Bolsonaro participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, April 1, 2014. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

France's 'Up All Night' protests gather strength – and causes

Apr 10, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Up All Night means occupying central city squares overnight and vacating them in the morning

UP ALL NIGHT. A picture taken on the Place de la Republique in Paris on April 9, 2016 shows a statue holding a sign reading 'Nuit Debout' (Up All Night) as people take part in the 'Nuit Debout' movement. Photo by AFP  Fresh strikes by unions and students were held across France against proposed reforms to France's labour laws, heaping pressure on President Francois Hollande. Anger over the reforms has spawned a protest movement dubbed "Up All Night" that is taking over French city squares, with young people gathering until dawn demanding social change. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Anti-LGBT sentiment rises: Is Indonesia becoming more conservative?

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:56 PM

This is very frightening and an issue that has to be immediately resolved if we don t want to be an oppressive authoritarian and anti diversity country

#PugadBaboy: Christian homophobia

Feb 19, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Minister: I'm not against LGBT, just their public displays of affection

Jan 26, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Our problem is when they are showing romance kissing and making love

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

France to lift ban on gay men giving blood

Nov 04, 2015 - 11:53 PM

French rights group SOS Homophobie slams the new measure saying it still amounted to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

BLOOD DONATION. Health Minister Marisol Touraine says initially, donation of "whole blood" will be open to gay men who report not having had sex for the preceding 12 months. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Obama challenges Kenya on gay rights, corruption

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama wraps up a two day landmark visit to Kenya marked by aid on business and security but a firm message on gay rights and corruption

KENYA VISIT. US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

A Christian church that celebrates same-sex marriage

Jul 05, 2015 - 2:54 PM

“We are not demanding for special rights We’re demanding for our inherent right It is our right to get married to the one we love whether that person is heterosexual or LGBT ”

MASS WEDDING. It may seem to be a usual scene in a mass wedding. But the bride and groom here are belong to the same gender.

An open Letter to Eat Bulaga from a lesbian mom

May 27, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Have you watched this Eat Bulaga episode where a gay man was told by the hosts to return to the closet?

Advocates ask PH: Say no to homophobia

May 17, 2015 - 8:59 PM

Advocates celebrate IDAHO or the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia and the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

2015 IDAHOT: End transphobia and homophobia!

May 17, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The Association of Transgender People in the Philippines calls for action to affirmatively respond to hate crimes and gender based violence in the country

Gays 'not accepted' on sports field: survey

May 10, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Even in the most promising countries such as Canada discrimination and homophobia are still widely experienced by both LGB and straight participants the survey says

EQUAL TREATMENT. A helper leaves the pitch carrying the corner flags after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 at the Weserstadion in Bremen, Germany, 4 April 2015. Photo by Joerg Sarbach/EPA

'No room' for gays in Kenya, says deputy president

May 04, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Homophobia is on the rise across much of Africa and homosexuality remains illegal in many countries including Kenya where it was outlawed under British colonial legislation

My problem with the health dept's HIV report

Apr 18, 2015 - 9:00 PM

When I read the DOH report I was not afraid I was angry

PODCAST: Coming out to my parents

Apr 18, 2015 - 2:00 PM

What to do when my child comes out of the closet?

Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

Feb 24, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Would be jihadists would also face stiffer punishment under a draft intelligence bill to be unveiled next month he says

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 30th annual diner held by the French Jewish Institutions Representative Council (Conseil Representatif des Institutions juives de France - CRIF) in Paris, France, 23 February 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Russia scraps US exchange scheme because teen put in gay couple's care

Oct 01, 2014 - 10:47 PM

A child who has a mother in Russia has illegally been placed under guardianship and the boy has been handed over to a US gay couple says Russia s children s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov

In tight Brazil race, candidates avoid moral quagmires

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:25 PM

As the battle for Brazil s presidency heats up the leading candidates – determined not to scare voters away – are steering clear of divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion

Brazilian presidential candidates Aecio Neves, Marina Silva, and Brazilian President and candidate Dilma Rousseff participate in a televised debate organized by the Episcopal Conference in Aparecida, Brazil, 16 September 2014, prior to the presidential elections to be held on 05 October. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce tough anti-gay law – report

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Ugandan MPs begin work on reintroducing tough anti gay legislation a month after the east African nation s constitutional court declared a previous law null and void

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

#PugadBaboy: Phobe or phile?

Aug 29, 2014 - 5:00 AM

World AIDS forum opens to tribute for MH17

Jul 20, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Thousands of delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne stood for a minute s silence in honor of six colleagues who had been aboard the plane

IN MEMORIAM. Positive Women's Association, Ayu Oktariani of Indonesia speaks during the opening ceremony of the 20th International AIDS Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne on July 20, 2014. Esther Lim/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Moralista

Jul 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Moralista punchline 3

Jul 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

#PugadBaboy: Moralista punchline 2

Jul 18, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Gay and proud in June and all year round

Jun 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

We get tired too of trying to explain our advocacy but it’s during these times that we become more determined in winning the battle against discrimination

STONEWALL RIOTS. The historic Stonewall Riots in New York inspired LGBTs and gender rights advocates around the world to finally stand up what is right. Graphic by Mara Mercado/Rappler.com

Showdown in Singapore over gay-rights rally

Jun 26, 2014 - 12:43 PM

This year Muslim and Christian conservatives in the multi ethnic island are fighting back against the annual rally celebrating sexual diversity in the city state

PINK DOT 2013. The Pink Dot rally at Singapore's Hong Lim Park, June 29, 2013. Image courtesy of Pink Dot organizers

Don't worry about my gender

Jun 26, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Understanding the differences among us actually enriches our lives and leads to a more harmonious and tolerant environment

When two women are in love

Jun 19, 2014 - 8:00 AM

When two women are in love it s not a puzzle for you to solve or a statement needing your reaction It s simply two people who have found each other and have decided to pursue that love

Transgender people clamor for equal rights

May 19, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The transgender community organizes a Santacruzan in time for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

LGBT rights are human rights

May 12, 2014 - 3:53 PM

It s sad to learn that certain people are entitled to less rights than others just because they are labeled different

WHAT TO DO. It might take a long time before more inclusive Philippine policies are made. A good first step we can do today is to stop hating. Photo taken from the 2013 UP Pride March. Photo from Buena Bernal/Rappler.com

Same-sex ban 'legalizes' homophobic violence – gay Nigerians

Jan 15, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Nigeria s LGBT community: They the government have just legalized violence stigma and discrimination Our situation has gone from bad to worse

MARKET BLAST. Early reports suggested a car bomb or suicide bomber, though there was no immediate confirmation from authorities

Strength in colors: The Filipino LGBTQ community

Dec 07, 2013 - 11:40 PM

The Filipino LGBTQ community has grown since the first organized gay pride parade in 1994 but challenges remain

#PugadBaboy: Belieber...or Not!

Sep 21, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Bieber bashing gay bashing and logic

Homophobia on the rise in Africa - rights group

Jun 26, 2013 - 8:42 AM

Homophobia in sub Saharan Africa has reached dangerous levels with more countries passing laws criminalizing same sex relations