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June 17, 2013

First episode of My Husband's Lover praised for 'mature, nuanced and honest' depiction of gay characters

A new TV serial about a woman who finds out her husband is having an affair with another man has garnered positive feedback from viewers and the LGBT community in the Philippines.

The first of 16 weekly episodes of My Husband's Lover was shown on Filipino TV last week (10 June) and received competitive ratings and a trending hashtag on Twitter.

June 11, 2013

Filipino gay rights activist say that a study showing the Philippines as the most gay-friendly country in Asia, and the tenth in the world, doesn't reflect the reality for LGBT people living there

Filipino gay rights activist Oscar Atadero has told Gay Star News that a study that found the Philippines is the tenth most gay-friendly country in the world, and the most gay-friendly country in Asia, is a 'dubious honor'.

'The results of the survey should be taken with a bit of caution,' said Atadero, who is a researcher for Rainbow Rights, adding that with a global survey cultural and linguistic nuances can be lost in translation.

May 15, 2013

Partial returns suggest Ang Ladlad has not gathered enough votes to win a seat in the Philippines' House of Representatives

The early results for the Philippines' midterm elections suggest that Ang Ladlad, the world's only LGBT political party, has failed to win a seat in congress.

Official election results report that the party got 75,913 votes, only 0.37% of the vote. A party needs at least 2% (570,112 votes at this election) of the vote to get a seat under the Philippines' partylist system.

Eight other parties are reported to have got enough votes to secure seats.

March 1, 2013

Police and LGBT rights groups to co-operate to train cops on LGBT sensitivity for the first time in the Philippines

Police officers in the Philippines are soon to be 'sensitized' to LGBT issues through training from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHRC) and Ladlad, the world's only LGBT political party.

The police training will include a dialogue with LGBT community members and six three-day gender and sexuality workshops with relevant officers in major provinces all over the Philippines

February 20, 2013

Northern city in the Philippines passes local law banning discrimination against LGBT people

Local authorities in Angeles, a city north of Manila in the Philippines, passed a historic law yesterday that bans discrimination against LGBT residents.

'I want Angeles City to be the most sensitive city and local government in the Philippines to gender equality and gay rights,' said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan in 2011.

February 13, 2013

The Philippines' Ladlad launch a campaign to win a seat in congress in the May election

The world's only political party solely dedicated to LGBT issues, Ladlad in the Philippines, launched its election campaign yesterday.

The first day of campaigning started with a blessing at 7am from Rev Ceejay Agbayani from LGBTS community church and continued with canvassing in two markets in Manila and visits to the Home for the Golden Gays elderly care home for LGBT people and beauty salons where many Filipino trans women work.

December 10, 2012

Groups demand that congress pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill to protect the rights of LGBT people

1,500 people marched for LGBT rights in Manila on Saturday at the 18th Metro Manila Pride parade in the Philippines' capital.

The primary demand of the dozens of advocacy groups was for congress to pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill.

'After eighteen years of marching and shouting for our rights, we still do not have the basic law to guarantee that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos freedom from discrimination,' said Goya Candelario, spokesperson for ProGay Philippines, the group that pioneered the first Pride march in Asia in 1994.

December 6, 2012

Seminar organized by Philippine Judicial Academy and the US's Department of Justice teaches judges about LGBT rights

Twelve regional and family court judges from all over the Philippines learnt how to better protect the rights of LGBT citizens at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the US Department of Justice last week in Manila

During the one-day seminar titled Roundtable Discussion: Knowledge Sharing on the Protection of the Rights of the LGBT Sector, community activists and experts spoke about the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity (sogi) minorities in the Philippines.

November 29, 2012

The first congressional nominee of the world’s only LGBT political party talks to Gay Star News about the fight for democratic representation for the queer citizens of the Philippines

The party-list system in the Philippines aims to give marginalized people a voice in government. LGBT people are certainly marginalized in the Catholic-dominated country - where transgender women are routinely denied service in restaurants and over-qualified gay men are denied jobs - but they are not represented in government.

November 20, 2012

Five Filipino LGBT writers took part in a panel discussion about their work as part of the Philippine International Literary Festival in Manila

Five Filipino LGBT writers took part in a panel discussion about their work as part of the Philippine International Literary Festival in Manila last Friday.

Writers Ian Casocot, Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, Ralph Semino Galan and Johanna Lynn Cruz answered questions about their work.

The panel was facilitated by J. Neil. C. Garcia, director of the University of Philippines Press, poet and author of Philippine Gay Culture (1996, republished by Hong Kong University Press 2009), which has become a classic of queer scholarship in Asia.

August 6, 2012

Bill would provide free condoms in the Catholic nation with rapidly rising HIV prevalence

LGBT activists have joined a debate on a proposed Reproductive Health Bill in the Philippines that is raging almost as hard as the typhoon that hit the country last week.

If passed the bill will provide citizens with government-funded contraceptives, contributing to the fight against HIV and maternal and child ill-health in the country.

July 27, 2012

We speak to Martina Navratilova the world’s most famous lesbian in sport about the Olympics, her marriage hopes and more

Martina Navratilova is much more than the world’s best ever female tennis player.

She is also a champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (as well as for animals and underprivileged children) and an icon and inspiration for millions of people around the world.

As London opens the 2012 Summer Olympics today (27 July) we reveal our exclusive interview with her, conducted at the Out and Equal Global Workplace Summit in the UK capital last month, where she was a keynote speaker.

June 29, 2012

After the US, most Google searches for terms related to 'same-sex marriage' are from the Philippines

The Philippines ranks number two in the world after the US for searches relating to same-sex marriage, Google’s Insights for Search revealed today.

The search data tool shows that there’s been high interest in same-sex marriage in the Philippines since February 2011.

After the Philippines, the countries which search the internet the most for terms relating to ‘same-sex marriage’ are Canada, Australia and the UK.

June 22, 2012

Victim was attacked after inviting three strangers into his home for a drinking session

A gay Filipino man was stabbed 21 times inside his home in Tacloban City on Wednesday night (20 June).

Diego Balintong Jr, 24, was stabbed after he was approached by three men who said they were looking for a drinking session, according to reports from the police.

Balintong’s family, who live next door, immediately notified authorities when they heard his cries for help.

The victim, who works as a government employee, is in a critical condition at hospital but doctors believe he will survive the attack.

June 19, 2012

LGBT political party Ladlad fears homophobic Ang Prolife group will 'oppress' marginalized Filipinos if elected as party list

The world’s allegedly only LGBT political party from the Philippines has slammed an anti-gay Catholic group’s election bid after claiming homosexuals are part of a ‘culture of death’.

The Ang Prolife party filed for accreditation to run as a party list candidate in next year’s mid-term elections, stating their opposition to abortion, euthanasia and LGBT culture, which they claim destroys and undermines life and family values.

June 18, 2012

New book by Raymond Alikpala says 'being gay is a special grace from God'

Lawyer and former priest-in-training Raymond Alikpala has written a book about growing up Catholic and in the closet in the Philippines.

Of God and Men subtitled A Life in the Closet was published earlier this year by Irish non-fiction publishers Maverick House.

May 19, 2012


LGBT party Ang Ladlad hopes to win at least two seats in the Filipino mid-term polls next year

The reportedly only LGBT political party in the world has attempted once again to win seats in the Filipino mid-term polls next May.

As Ang Ladlad filed its petition for accreditation yesterday (18 May), Danton Remoto, chair emeritus for the party-list group whose name means 'coming out', revealed he is also negotiating with two or three parties for a slot in their senatorial slate, reported the Inquirer News.

March 2, 2012

Election of transgender woman Heart Diño at University of Philippines is 'historic moment'

The election of a trans woman as chair of a university student council in the Philippines gives hope to LGBT people in mainstream politics.

Heart Diño was yesterday appointed chair of the student council at the University of the Philippines after gaining 3,290 votes and is the first transgender person to hold that post in the college's history.

LGBT political party Ladlad hailed the election of Diño and hopes it will signal a change in the country's mainstream politics.