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73% of Filipinos think 'homosexuality should be accepted by society' – report

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Philippines' acceptance of homosexuality did not change between 2013 and 2019, according to a Pew Research survey

LOOK: PRIDE PARADE – Hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (LGBTQ+) cordilleras were joinef by their colleagues from Manila, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan supporters parade from the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) campus down to Session road for the 13th Pride march on November 23, 2019. Their message: love has no gender, let love be. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Forced exorcisms touted as 'cure' for LGBT Indonesians

May 07, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Conservative Islamic lawmakers are pushing for a so-called 'Family Resilience' bill, which critics decry as sexist and anti-LGBT

This picture taken on November 26, 2019 shows a woman walking in front of a clinic providing exorcisms for people of the LGBT community in Jakarta. Homosexuality is legal everywhere in Indonesia except conservative Aceh province which adheres to strict Islamic laws. But it is still widely believed that being gay or transgender is the result of a person being possessed by evil spirits -- and that these can be expelled by religious ceremony and prayer.  BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Putin says liberal, pro-LGBT views 'forced' on people

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin slams ideas of freedom of sexuality as he defends Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda'

ON THE DEFENSIVE. Russian President Vladimir Putin lashes out at the idea of freedom of sexuality and gender. File photo by AFP

Botswana High Court decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:38 PM

In a courtroom packed with activists, the judge emphasizes the current laws oppressed a minority of the population

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

An unnamed applicant is challenging two sections of the code that threaten offenders with a jail sentence of up to 7 years

Celebration as Bhutan decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The lower house overwhelmingly voted late Friday to repeal two sections of the Bhutan 2004 criminal code which made 'unnatural sex' illegal

ALL SMILES. Members of the LGBT group Rainbow Bhutan with officials after their parliament decriminalized homosexuality. Photo from Rainbow Bhutan Facebook page

President Duterte, praying the gay away didn't work for me

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:59 AM

You can’t fix what’s not broken

 AN ALLY? President Rodrigo Dutete is inconsistent about his remarks on the LGBT community. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Duterte implies being gay is a disease

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Nagamot ko ang sarili ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after saying he used to be gay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte responds to the discussions during the meeting with the Japanese tourism partners at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Hong Kong court declares male gay sex laws unconstitutional

May 30, 2019 - 6:54 PM

It is the latest legal victory for Hong Kong's gay community who have struggled to persuade the pro-Beijing authorities in the international financial hub to allow gay marriage or civil unions

GAY RIGHTS. A same-sex couple hold hands during an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Disappointment as Kenya court delays decision on anti-gay laws

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The delay is met with dismay by Kenya's LGBT community and their allies, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, which was filed 3 years ago

ANTI-LGBT LAWS. LGBT Bishop Joseph Tolton (R) and other members attend an inter-faith service in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Angola decriminalizes homosexuality in landmark reform

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:25 PM

"Angola has finally shed the divisive 'vices against nature' provision in its law," Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a statement

Same-sex marriages allowed in Cuba's draft constitution

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:05 AM

It defines marriage as the 'voluntary and consensual union between two people' without specifying their biological sex

CONSTITUTIONAL? Cuban lawmakers are set to debate on the Caribbean country's draft charter. Shutterstock photo

China's microblogging site Weibo backtracks on gay content ban

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'Everyone is unique and sexuality is just one side of us that differs, just like skin color, height and weight,' says a rare essay promoting LGBT acceptance posted on China's People's Daily

Pope Francis meets student beaten for defending gay couple

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:35 PM

On 11 November 2016, Marin, then a third-year university student studying law and political science, came to the defense of a gay couple who were being attacked by a gang of youths after kissing at a bus stop

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Yes, you could have been 'pre-born' gay

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Biology does play a part in being gay, science shows

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:46 PM

With an estimated LGBTQ population of 70 million, China has the world's third-largest 'pink market' after Europe and the United States. Yet in China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties.

GAY BAR. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows Thai dancers entertaining tourists at a gay bar in Thailand's southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

[Two Pronged] Gay and impotent

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

I m attracted to some women but I ve only had sexual encounters with men – am I gay?

Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Indonesia sentences two men to 85 lashes of public caning for gay sex

May 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The sentence was higher than the recommendation by prosecutors of 80 strokes of the cane Officials have not revealed the men s names due to the sensitivity of the case

SHARIA LAW. An Acehnese women receiving lashes in front of the Al-Munawwarah Mosque in Aceh in 2010. File photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Try Not to Look Gay

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Gay men caught having sex in Indonesia face caning

Apr 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The two men aged 20 and 23 were caught on video naked in a room together by a neighbor

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

Duterte rejects same-sex marriage for PH

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:20 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has nothing against gays but marriage is only for man and woman under the law

Tanzania threatens to publish 'list of gay people'

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The country s deputy health minister says the government is investigating the homosexuality syndicate and would arrest and prosecute those involved in the gay sex business

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How to prevent premarital sex? Minister proposes college dorms without doors

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Netizens react with surprise to the proposal

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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

Pope says teaching gender theory is 'indoctrination'

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:54 AM

Pope Francis also repeats his call that homosexuals and transsexuals should be welcomed accepted and integrated into society as much as possible

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard a plane during his flight back from Baku to Rome, on October 2, 2016. The pontiff achieved a three day visit in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Indonesian police want gay dating app ban

Sep 09, 2016 - 8:50 PM

It is the latest move by Indonesian authorities against homosexuals who have faced a sudden backlash this year

A gay Filipino priest's story: In God's service

Aug 27, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Why should I be ashamed? My sexual preference never hindered my mission as a Catholic priest says Father RJ

FATHER 'RJ.' Father RJ joins others at the LGBT march in Luneta. Photo by Vincent Go

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Aug 10, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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Debunking LGBT myths and why policing homosexuality is a joke

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Policing homosexuality is totally a joke — how do you identify a gay lesbian individual? How do you criminalize their sexual practices unless you have the evidence?

[Dash of SAS] Making effective HIV and AIDS information materials

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Here are 5 simple questions that anyone can use to test and screen whether information material on HIV AIDS is accurate and appropriate

Gay Pride parade in Germany remembers Orlando victims

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The marchers pay tribute to the 49 people killed in the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando Florida

People celebrate the Christopher-Street-Day parade on July 3, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.   / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maja Hitij / Germany OUT

IN PHOTOS: 22nd Manila Pride March

Jun 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Members of the LGBT community reiterate their call for an end to discrimination as they gather for the 22nd Manila Pride March

Istanbul riot police break up LGBT rally

Jun 20, 2016 - 1:05 AM

UPDATED Turkish gay advocates gather despite a ban against their Trans Pride event

epa05377508 Participants wave rainbow flags as they gather in spite of the Istanbul LGTB Pride Parade being cancelled due to security concerns by the Governorate of Istanbul, in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 June 2016. Supporters of the LGBT community gathered in central Istanbul as part of the Trans Pride Week 2016. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Indonesian defense minister: Duterte doesn’t hate China

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:09 PM

From what I see this new leader seems like he doesn t really hate China

PRESSCON. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Davao City on May 23, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

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

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

Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of 'Les Miserables'

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:49 PM

The producers remove the quick peck on the lips between an innkeeper and a guest during the song Beggars At The Feast

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Jun 12, 2016 - 6:33 PM

UPDATED Organizers say police did an excellent job of securing the LGBT event

PRIDE MARCH. A participant carries a rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 12 June 2016. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA

Singapore tells foreign firms not to back gay rights rally

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The statement comes after companies such as Google Facebook and Goldman Sachs backed the annual Pink Dot rally

epa04286844 An aerial handout photo provided by Pink Dot Sg shows participants forming a giant pink dot during the Pink Dot event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore, 28 June 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event is the closest thing Singapore has to a gay pride parade which promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore. About 26,000 people filled Hong Lim Park, the only place where public assemblies can take place without a permit, dressed in pink in support of Pink Dot's message: 'freedom to love'. EPA/PINK DOT SG / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

South Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

May 25, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Kim Jho Gwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan the most high profile gay couple in South Korea fail to get legal status for their marriage

epa03659071 A South Korean worker with South Korean flag on a high flag pole in Seoul, South Korea 27 March 2013. The South Korean flag design represents balance, as in yin and yang, with the varied black markings symbols representing earth, sun, sky and moon. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Seychelles decriminalizes gay sex

May 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Seychelles which belongs to the 54 member African Union bloc becomes one of the very few AU members to allow homosexuality

The President of the Seychelles, James Michel addresses a meeting on December 18, 2015 in Victoria, Seychelles.   Votes are counted in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles with incumbent president James Michel facing the first serious challenge to his decade-long rule. / AFP PHOTO / RASSIN VANNIER

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

Italy issues green light for gay civil unions

May 11, 2016 - 11:30 PM

While the civil unions bill is being hailed as a landmark some are disappointed as it falls short of full equality for gay couples

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 13, 2015 shows heart shaped balloons are pictured near the Colosseum during the Gay Pride Parade (LGBT) in Rome. Italy's parliament on May 11, 2016 gave a green light for the introduction of gay civil unions in the last major Western country not to legally recognise same-sex relationships. Lawmakers in the lower-house Chamber of Deputies voted 369-193 in favour of a vote of confidence in the government which makes final approval of the divisive civil unions bill automatic.  / AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Murders force Bangladeshi gay rights activists underground

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Many LGBT activists in Bangladesh deactivate their Facebook pages and go into hiding after the deaths of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy

Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016.  Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. Police did not identify the victims, but an official from Roopbaan, the country's only LBGT magazine, named one as editor and gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan. / AFP PHOTO / Rehman Asad

Egypt jails 11 men accused of homosexuality

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The court convicts the men of debauchery and incitement to debauchery

Introducing: Gay men who marry straight women

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:17 PM

Here s why gay men decide to marry heterosexual women

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Apr 08, 2016 - 7:10 PM

In his 260 page Apostolic Exhortation a long awaited document which is likely to disappoint advocates of more radical change Francis strongly reiterates the Church s opposition to the legal recognition of gay relationships

POPE FRANCIS. A file picture dated February 24, 2016 shows Pope Francis arriving to lead the weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City. Photo by Ettore Ferrari/EPA