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'Sports Illustrated' uses transgender model in swimsuit issue for first time

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Brazil's 23-year-old Valentina Sampaio will be the first ever transgender model to grace the magazine's swimsuit issue, which is set for a July 21 release

[OPINION] Being gay in an all-girl Catholic school

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Having a support system is not as powerful as it sounds if the structure it resides in is hesitant to change'

[OPINION] Pinoy BL, censorship, and problematic LGBTQ+ representation

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'Content producers of Pinoy BL series still have a responsibility to be more inclusive'

'Pride 20' fights back, accuses MPD of illegal arrest, sexual harassment

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:11 PM

'Gamit ang dahas, pananakot, at pananakit, pa-traidor na binuwag nila ang aming mapayapang pagkilos,' says the so-called Pride 20 in their complaint against 32 Manila policemen

RELEASE. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march in Mendiola, Manila were released on June 30 at the Manila Police District headquarters. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Manila Pride protesters freed, to sue police

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Expect that we will file countercharges against the Manila police,' says Bahaghari's Rey Valmores-Salinas

RELEASED. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march and protest in Mendiola, Manila, last June 26, are released on Tuesday, June 30. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SC's deference to Congress on same-sex union 'dooms marriage equality'

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

A paper published by UP Law criticizes the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court junking a same-sex marriage petition mainly due to technicalities, and says it was 'an abdication of its function as a Court'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

China's LGBT couples 'wed' online as gay marriage push stalls

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Despite a shake-up of China's marriage law last month – and a groundswell of support for same-sex unions in the socially conservative country – demands to make gay marriage legal have not been met

PUSHING FOR GAY MARRIAGE. This photo taken on June 14, 2017 shows Ren Weilian (L) and Zhu Tiantian trying on their Chinese imperial-themed wedding outfits in preparation for an informal wedding ceremony on a 5-day ship cruise, in a hotel in Shanghai. File photo by AFP

Being trans in tech: Championing equality with Google’s Melai Lopez

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Never let anyone tell them that they do not belong in a certain space'

'Sulong 'wag patinag': In a pandemic, Metro Manila Pride 2020 goes online

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

No virus can stop the rainbow flag from flying

‘Resist injustice’: Newly sworn lawyer helps detained Pride protesters

Jun 27, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Bernardo says the protesters asked for his legal advice prior to the short gathering and during its planning

‘Is this the new normal?’ Catriona Gray questions Pride march arrests

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:29 PM

‘Now is the time to speak up,’ Miss Universe 2018 urges her followers

'PRIDE IS A PROTEST.' LGBTQ+ groups hold a Pride March protest in Mendiola, Manila on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'Hindi makatarungan': Artists, celebrities speak out vs arrest of Pride march protesters

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:06 PM

On social media, several artists and celebrities condemn the arrests and call for the release of the protesters

ARREST. Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride march protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Netizens call to free detained Pride protesters: ‘Pride is protest’

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Using the hashtag #FreePride20, netizens express disbelief over the arrest of 20 protesters on Friday, June 26

C’mon guys, it’s 2020: Debunking LGBTQ+ stereotypes

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:18 PM

To this day, LGBTQ+ members still experience prejudice and endure stereotypes that may harm them

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

At least 20 arrested at Pride march in Manila

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nasa batas iyan na bawal iyan,' police tell the protesters, who observed physical distancing and wore face masks

Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride March protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Robredo tells LGBTQ+ in positions of power to ‘use your influence to change mindsets'

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:15 PM

'Push lang nang push, mga besh!' Vice President Leni Robredo tells the community as she asks them to continue doing small but concrete steps to promote gender equality

PRIDE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her Pride Month message in a Facebook Live video on June 26, 2020. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

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

Here's how you can march for Pride and help LGBTQ+ communities during pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Through the March for Pride website, advocates and members of the LGBTQ+ can lead their own Pride marches from the safety of their homes

On Pride Month, Pia Wurtzbach calls for 'higher platforms' for LGBTQ+ dialogue

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:15 PM

'Being an ally is someone who gives a sense of a safe and affirming space for our loving community,' says Pia

Philip Stein opens Solaire shop

Catriona Gray on allyship: 'To be better allies, we need to educate ourselves'

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:34 AM

'Being an ally starts with small acts every day,' says Catriona

Kevin Balot 'sorry for confusion,' walks back on beauty pageant statement

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'Thank you for all your comments and bubulay-bulayin ko po lahat yun para ma improve ang way of thinking ko,' says Kevin, who was crowned Miss International Queen 2012

A lonely and dangerous lockdown for LGBTQ Indians

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

'Right now, it is simply too dangerous to come out of the closet,' says Jo, digital editor for online forum Gaysi

Protesters at a pro same-sex marriage rally hold up banners at a protest in Sydney on September 23, 2017.  As the Australian vote on legalising same-sex marriage kicked off September 12, 2017 Australia's ruling and opposition parties vowed to work together to introduce laws against hate speech during the contentious postal vote on gay marriage. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS

These LGBTQ+ films are streaming on iWant for Cinema One Originals' Pride Film Festival

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:06 PM

You can now stream '2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten,' 'Shift,' and 'Changing Partners' for free from June 19 to July 20

2 COOL 2 BE FORGOTTEN. The Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Film winner is streaming for free on iWant. Screenshot from

Raven-Symoné ties the knot with girlfriend

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:35 PM

The 'That's So Raven' star weds her girlfriend Miranda Maday during a private backyard wedding ceremony

[OPINION | Artwork] No age limit for acceptance

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:38 PM

'I did this piece because a lot of my fellow LGBTQ+ have been struggling to come out,' says the artist

[OPINION] Do I have to label myself to have an identity?

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:07 PM

'[S]ince we’re all just finding a handle to hold on to as we figure out who we are, we must be open to the idea that a person’s journey towards self-understanding may be different from another person’s'

U.S. top court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The landmark decision says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status

SUPREME COURT. The US Supreme Court is seen amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 as stay at home order has been extended in Washington, DC until May 15. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne defend transgender people following JK Rowling's anti-trans tweets

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The actors both appeared in films in the 'Harry Potter' universe

ALLIES. Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne voice their support for transgender people following anti-trans tweets by 'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling. Photos by Chris Delmas/AFP and Andy Rain/EPA

No Pride march? Here are other activities to celebrate Pride 2020

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:57 AM

(UPDATED) Straying away from an extravagant Pride march due to quarantine restrictions, the Filipino LGBTQ+ community continues to celebrate Pride month through various activities online. Here are some you can join.

Daniel Radcliffe speaks up in support of transgender, nonbinary persons

Jun 09, 2020 - 12:04 PM

The 'Boy Who Lived' releases a statement through the Trevor Project – an organization that provides support for LGBTQ+ youth

ALLY. Daniel Radcliffe affirms his support for transgender and nonbinary people in a statement released through the Trevor Project. Shutterstock file photo

Lili Reinhart comes out as 'proud' bisexual woman

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The actress publicly talks about being a bisexual woman for the first time as she invites followers to attend an LGBTQ+ protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: I can be transgender and Catholic at the same time

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:00 PM

We speak with Mela Habijan, who is both a trans woman and a Catholic. How does she reconcile the two?

Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:41 AM

This latest video is reminiscent of another clip released in 2018 urging Russians to re-elect Putin or live in a 'nightmare' future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men

Panama's gender-based virus rules rebuked after transgender abuse

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Panamanian authorities decree in early April that men could only leave home to go shopping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with women allowed to do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

PANAMA. Passengers of the metro are captured by Thermographic or Body Temperature Measurement cameras, which allow to find possibly infected with COVID-19 coronavirus, in Panama City, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

Short of blood, U.S. relaxes restrictions on gay donors

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The change also applies to women who have had sex with gay or bisexual men, as well as to people who have received a tattoo or piercing

BLOOD DONATION. Packs of newly collected blood. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

[OPINION] 'Chaka, canceled ang show': Coronavirus and the LGBT gig economy

Mar 20, 2020 - 4:45 PM

'It isn't only the parloristas, the event hosts, and the make-up artists that will be affected. There is no safety net ready to catch those on the lower rungs of society when the health crisis is coupled with a looming economic crisis.'

Russian LGBT activist faces porn trial for vagina drawings

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Amnesty International declares Yulia Tsvetkova a prisoner of conscience facing 'absurd charges'

Some ten Gay right activists attend a rally as they mark World Day Against Homophobia and Transophobia in Saint Petersburg on May 17, 2019. Four of the LGBT activists arrested in Russia's second largest city. Olga MALTSEVA / AFP

Glamour and equality in Thailand at world's top transgender pageant

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant brings together 21 international contestants showcasing their beauty but also spreading a defiant message for equality from across the globe

Miss International Queen 2020 winner Mexico's Valentina Fluchaire (C) is congratulated by finalists Ariella Moura (L) of Brazil and Ruethaipreeya Nuanglee (R) of Thailand during the transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya on March 7, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

[OPINION] In solidarity with our queer sisters

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:17 PM

'The more I learned about the experiences of other LGBTQ folks like me, the more I recognized that we were still different from each other'

Ian Veneracion on daughter's coming out: 'Don't ever be apologetic about it'

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:59 PM

The actor and his wife fully support their only daughter, who came out as a lesbian when she was 16

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ian Veneracion and daughter Deirdre talk about how she came out to him when she was 16 years old. Screenshot from

Fury as Kanye West hymn service pushes out transgender show

Mar 03, 2020 - 6:59 PM

French performer Phia Menard's show is canceled to make way for one of Kanye's 'Sunday Service' gospel hymn sessions

Bollywood's first gay romcom: Loud, proud, and sealed with a kiss

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The director of Bollywood's first gay romcom 'Be Extra Careful About Marriage' says the 'controversial subject matter' had to be made 'accessible' to the public through humor

LGBTQ+ groups hit Oplan X-Men’s ‘targeted harassment’ against transgender women

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Camp Queer points out 'Oplan X-Men' is only one example of the routine denial of transgender people's right to exist in public spaces

2 Makati cops fired over alleged ‘transgender profiling’

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

(UPDATED) Makati City police chief Rogelio Simon confirms that Patrolman Timmy Paez and Police Corporal Juliel Atal are relieved from their posts

[OPINION] The need for our schools to be homonormative

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:42 PM

There are even instances when LGBTQ people are made to sign 'contracts' to ensure they did not express their sexual orientation and gender identity

Dwyane Wade reveals his 12-year-old a transgender child

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade proves to be an All-Star father as well

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Dwyane Wade recalls how his child Zion, now called Zaya, came out to him. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Dutch beauty Youtuber Nikkie Tutorials unveils herself as transgender woman

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'Filming this video is scary but it feels so liberating and freeing,' says Nikkie

[EDITORIAL] 2019's lesson for 2020: There will be pushback

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:30 AM

From Greta Thunberg, the LGBTQ+, the #metoo movement, the fact-checkers to the Magnitsky activists, history slams us with one truth: 'power is not given, it is taken'

After ‘Tala’ revival, Sarah G thanks the LGBT community, teases ‘Tala 2.0’

Dec 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

A new version of ‘Tala’? Yes, please!

TALA. Sarah Geronimo's 2016 song and it's now-iconic dance sequence are at the center of an internet craze. Screenshot from