Philippines

LGBTI Rights in Philippines


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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ADDED ON: 05/31/2020

Davao City Mayor recruits LGBT+ for COVID food distribution

Faced with corrupt officials giving away emergency rice supplies, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte called on the local LGBT+ community to help. Davao City is on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2020

University of the Philippines’ COVID-19 chatbot operates with ‘gay speak’ function

You can tell today’s technology is improving when it’s taking on uniquely human nuances. Case in point: the University of the Philippines (UP) today announced that its Facebook messenger pandemic response chatbot…

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ADDED ON: 05/09/2020

LGBT sector tapped to lead rice distribution to barangays

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has assigned the city’s LGBT sector to manage the city’s next round of rice distribution after receiving complaints from residents that barangay officials have failed to provide…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2020

Rights monitor blasts humiliation of 3 LGBT curfew violators

Authorities north of the Philippine capital "publicly humiliated" 3 members of the LGBT community who violated a curfew aimed at halting the coronavirus pandemic, a researcher for the international watchdog Human Rights…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2020

Transgender pastor defies court to conduct same-sex marriages in Hong Kong

A transgender pastor has vowed to officiate same-sex marriages in Hong Kong despite a legal challenge failing to provide assurances that he will not face arrest. Marrz Balaoro was arrested in 2017…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Gay Filipinos Coin the Coolest Kind of Slang with ‘Beki’ Talk

Andre Santos is a copywriter for a major advertising agency in Manila. An out and proud gay man, he’s the first to admit that Philippine society still has a long way to…

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ADDED ON: 01/06/2020

Philippines SC junks same-sex marriage petition ‘with finality’

The Supreme Court on Monday denied with finality a motion for reconsideration filed by Jesus Falcis and other LGBT advocates seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in the Philippines. The SC had junked…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2019

Duterte hosts LGBT party in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a thanksgiving party for members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community in Malacañang on Tuesday. Duterte welcomed members of the LGBT Pilipinas, Inc., and administered the oath…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2019

Defeated in court, Philippine lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

A gay lawyer from the Philippines said on Thursday he would pursue a career in politics to push for LGBT+ rights after losing a legal battle to introduce same-sex marriage in the…

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