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LGBTI Rights in Philippines


ADDED ON: 02/28/2021

Global Trends in LGBT Rights During the Covid-19 Pandemic

It’s impossible to evaluate what the year 2020 looked like from the perspective of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s rights without recognizing how Covid-19 put a spanner in the works and…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

SOGIE Equality Bill passes Senate committee; still in limbo due to anti-LGBTQIA senators

The SOGIE Equality Bill – the latest iteration of the proposed anti-discrimination law that will protect the human rights of LGBTQIA Filipinos – was passed at the Senate Committee on Women, Children,…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2020

Isko Moreno signs Manila anti-discrimination ordinance

Gender discrimination is now banned in the national capital. On Thursday, October 29, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed Ordinance No. 8695 or the Manila LGBTQI Protection Ordinance of 2020. The ordinance bans…

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ADDED ON: 11/03/2020

Pope’s Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions Jolts Efforts for Change in Philippines

A bill aiming to give same-sex couples in the Philippines spousal and property rights has languished in the House of Representatives for three years due to strong opposition from the country's influential…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2020

Anti-discrimination ordinance passes final reading in Zamboanga City; awaits mayor’s signature

The rainbow rises in Zamboanga City. The 1st class highly urbanized city in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines, Zamboanga, joins the growing number of local government units (LGUs) that now has…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2020

Proposed ‘comprehensive anti-discrimination bill’ called oxymoronic, removes need to protect LGBTQIA Filipinos

A proposed “Comprehensive (sic) Anti-Discrimination Act” is being considered in the House of Representatives (HOR), though the bill eliminates LGBTQIA people among those in need of protection. In a virtual meeting of…

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ADDED ON: 09/10/2020

Council of churches says pardon on Pemberton an injustice to all Filipinos

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said the granting of absolute pardon to US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is an “injustice” not only to Jennifer Laude and her family…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2020

Family of transgender woman slain by U.S. Marine in Philippines contests killer’s early release

A U.S. Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines will remain behind bars while a court considers an appeal against a decision to release him early, a senior government…

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ADDED ON: 07/28/2020

On Screen, Normalizing Queer Love in the Philippines

Known primarily for his poetry and acting, Juan Miguel Severo announced his latest show this month, produced by Globe Studios, about same-sex love between two adolescent boys. “Gaya sa Pelikula” or “Just…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2020

Thailand Is Taking Steps to Recognize Same-Sex Couples. But What About the Rest of Southeast Asia?

A year ago, Taiwan made history by becoming the first Asian country to permit same-sex marriage in a region where any form of legal recognition for same-sex partnerships—let alone marriage—remains stubbornly elusive.…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

Philippines Police Crack Down on LGBT Protest

On June 26, police in Manila arrested at least 20 people at an LGBT Pride event protesting an anti-terrorism bill that threatens rule of law in the Philippines. The police did not…

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