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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Obama issues school rules on transgender bathroom use

May 14, 2016 - 11:30 AM

The move triggers an instant backlash from conservatives who perceive it as a threat to children s well being with a top Texas official refusing to comply with Obama s blackmail

SCHOOL RULES. President Barack Obama's administration tells schools they must let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, taking an intensifying battle over civil rights to the national stage. Obama file photo from the White House

Netizens question Noli de Castro for 'discriminatory' remark

May 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Veteran broadcaster Noli de Castro earns the ire of many netizens after supposedly making a discriminatory remark against Bataan 1st District Representative elect Geraldine Roman

Cebu gay politician: It's not gender but track record that matters

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Gay politician from Cebu seeks a seat in the city council to represent the LGBT community

Enrile to gays: Go to another planet

Feb 17, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile backs Manny Pacquiao s stand on same sex marriage and says the boxing champ will win a Senate seat without the votes of gay people

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Alma Moreno to Pacquiao: Religious beliefs not basis to insult others

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:35 PM

While she s against same sex marriage Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno says fellow UNA bet Manny Pacquiao is wrong in saying that gay couples are worse than animals

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VIEWS. UNA's official candidates are dominated by those against legalizing same-sex marriage in the country

WATCH: Pacquiao apologizes for calling gay couples more disgusting than animals

Feb 16, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Despite his apology Pacquiao clarifies he will not compromise his faith just to get votes

BACKTRACK? Manny Pacquiao says he remains steadfast in his belief that same-sex unions should not be allowed. Screengrab from Rappler interview

The 'sub-humanity' of Manny Pacquiao

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Alam mo kung ano ang mas masahol sa hayop? Ang magnakaw sa taumbayan katulad ng hindi mo pagtupad sa tungkulin mo bilang hinalal na opisyal

SUBHUMAN. Does Manny Pacquiao's comment comparing people in same-sex unions to animals create a hierarchy of who deserves or does not deserve basic rights? Image courtesy of Emil Mercado

Ex-Dominican head on LGBTs: ‘Everybody’s on their journey’

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Asking gays ‘what they’re doing in bed’ is none of his business Father Timothy Radcliffe says on the sidelines of the International Eucharistic Congress

Aiza Seguerra's wife Liza Diño reacts to 'homophobic' comments

Jan 05, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Liza and Aiza are criticized over their plan to undergo in vitro fertilization

Transgenders: Legally non-existent?

Jun 30, 2015 - 7:32 PM

It s claimed that Valkyrie is acting within its rights when it discriminates people who can enter its private property even if the basis of discrimination is one s gender No law was violated hence the public should tone down its outrage

Valkyrie lifts no-cross-dressing policy

Jun 30, 2015 - 6:09 PM

To all my LGBT friends I am happy to announce that we are all welcome to enter the club

Transgender 'turns gay' to please father

May 29, 2015 - 4:22 PM

A bill seeking to address discrimination against gays is pending in Congress

START YOUNG. Geena Rocero (center) poses for a photo with local LGBT youth. Photo by Ian Nicolas Cigara/ Rappler

SC asked: Allow same-sex marriage in PH

May 25, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The 31 page petition highlights the need for a more LGBT inclusive society and is the first known and reported legal action of its kind before the Philippine High Court

Is PH ready for lesbian TV?

May 13, 2015 - 12:22 PM

Misrepresentation and marginalization are the main reasons why gay women are underrepresented not just in the media but in general

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CBCP on anti-discrimination bill: Gender is 'God's gift'

Mar 04, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Bishops support a law against second class treatment for the LGBT but air reservations about the right to choose one s gender among other things

FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION. Lawmakers in the Philippines want to make it illegal to discriminate against the LGBT community. Photo from Shutterstock

#ShowThePope: How Filipinos treat LGBTs

Dec 28, 2014 - 5:34 PM

Netizens ShowThePope two faces of the Philippines when it comes to gay rights: sometimes breeding discrimination sometimes open and loving

GAY RIGHTS. Participating in Rappler's #ShowThePope, Twitter users Raffy Magno (@raffymagno) and Jeff Crisostomo (@jeffcrisostomo) send entries related to the LGBT community. Screen grabs from Twitter

PH+SocialGood: Using technology to maximize women's impact

Sep 16, 2014 - 11:26 PM

As female leaders we need to remember that our differences are our strengths They are not excuses says Sheila Marcelo CEO and founder of care com

WOMAN UP. Sheila Marcelo asks: 'Why can’t I be both loving and tough?' Photo by Rappler

Uganda gay pride rally after tough law overturned

Aug 09, 2014 - 7:53 PM

Homophobia is widespread in Uganda where American style evangelical Christianity is on the rise

RAINBOW FLAG. Ugandan men hold a rainbow flag reading "Join hands to end LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex - called Kuchu in Uganda) genocide" as they celebrate on August 9, 2014 during the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda. Photo by AFP/Isaac Kasamani

Politics and passion

Jun 23, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The grand political formulas may not always be the best thing that a good citizen must consider It is through the small the intimate and the local that we express our best ethics and come to our broadest understandings

Russian lawmakers ban children's beauty pageants

Mar 26, 2014 - 11:03 PM

The legislation was initiated by controversial lawmake who was a prominent backer of a law banning the propaganda of gay relationships to minors

File photo of a child in St. Petersburg, Russia by Anatoly Maltsev/ EPA

Pope Francis is gay magazine's Person of the Year

Dec 19, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The Advocate a US based magazine for LGBTs says Francis triggered a change in rhetoric on LGBTs

Gay marriage legal in Britain after royal assent

Jul 17, 2013 - 10:19 PM

UPDATED This paves the way for the first same sex weddings in 2014

Mark Zuckerberg joins gay pride parade

Jul 02, 2013 - 8:32 AM

The Facebook chief and more than 700 Facebook employees joined the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

MARCHES WITH PRIDE. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg led other Facebook employees in support of gay rights at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Photo from AFP

Project Genderway: Fashion show that's out and proud

Jun 30, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Diversity in modern humanity rules at Project Genderway

FIERCE. A model rocks a denim ensemble at Project Genderway fashion show. All photos by Andrew Robles

Pinay wins int'l photo contest on sexuality

Jun 22, 2013 - 2:38 PM

Cindy Aquino s intimate portrait bags first place in Pride Photo Award

PHOTO FINISH. Cindy Aquino's photograph wins best over-all single photo in the 3rd annual Pride Photo Award. Screenshot from www.pridephotoaward.org

Is the Philippines really gay-friendly?

Jun 14, 2013 - 3:00 PM

The moment that we LGBTs step out and demand rights that heterosexuals enjoy we become a threat because we no longer fit the stereotype

'Intersex' among Australia's new gender guidelines

Jun 14, 2013 - 10:44 AM

Male or female? The Australian government adds another option: Intersex

Hillary Clinton backs gay marriage

Mar 18, 2013 - 11:39 PM

I support [gay marriage] personally and as a matter of policy and law Clinton said

Screengrab from Youtube

CONVERSATIONS: Are Filipinos homophobic? #homophobiaPH

May 17, 2012 - 6:26 PM

The recent discussion on LGBT issues has got Rappler thinking: Is the Philippines a homophobic nation? Tell us what you think Leave us a comment on Facebook or tweet using the hashtag PHhomophobia