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October 23, 2014

He was 'unaware' his victim was transgender

A US marine charged with the murder of a transgender woman has been moved into Philippine custody.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was transferred by helicopter to military headquarters in Manila yesterday morning.

He is charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, 26, who was drowned earlier this month in a hotel toilet bowl in Olongapo city, northwest of the capital.

October 22, 2014

Four witnesses have already left the Philippines

A US marine charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman defied orders from Philippine authorities yesterday and skipped his first court hearing.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, has been charged with the murder of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead, naked and with her head in a hotel toilet last week in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

October 16, 2014

'This horrible act has two reasons: the animalistic bestiality of an obviously sick and retarded bloodthirsty American soldier and your own society and corrupt politics'

The German fiancé of transgender murder victim Jennifer Laude has broken his silence.

ABS-CBN News published a statement from Marc Suselbeck, who said he had been engaged to Laude since December 2012 and was trying to move her to his home country.

Laude was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo, northwest of Manila.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

June 20, 2014

Nothing against Hawaii, the Maldives or Thailand, but the Pacific island of Boracay stole our hearts with its pristine beaches, green mango smoothies and lively locals. Mahal Kita Philippines!

The Philippines is a fascinating country.

Consisting of over 7,000 islands, this is a part of the world that you can spend months exploring.

However if you only have limited time and you’re wanting a bit of a beach holiday, then you are going to end up at Boracay.

Boracay is one of the best beaches in Asia, and when you are looking at beach holidays in the Philippines then Boracay is probably the easiest one to get to - normally about a one hour flight from the capital Manila.

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

January 5, 2014

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision which struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, gay Filipinos with American partners can now apply for a fiancé visa to marry in the US

Maria Cecilia Limson Gahuman, who is the first Filipino woman to receive a same-sex fiancé visa from the United States Embassy in Manila, married Carla Antonio – her American partner of 10 years – in a ceremony held at the Freedom Hall in Santa Clara, California last December 30.

December 5, 2013

The 19th Manila Metro Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Pride March will wind its way through the Philippines capital in two days time, in the longest running celebration of its kind in Asia

The LGBTI community in the Philippines will hold its 19th annual pride march on Saturday in the capital city of Manila.

The Metro Manila Pride March will leave from Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila on Saturday, 7 December at 3pm to wind its way through the city and will be followed by an entertainment program featuring talents from The Library Comedy Bar, BED Manila, and other LGBTI performers.

December 5, 2013

The 19th Manila Metro Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Pride March will wind its way through the Philippines capital in two days time, in the longest running celebration of its kind in Asia

The LGBTI community in the Philippines will hold its 19th annual pride march on Saturday in the capital city of Manila.

The Metro Manila Pride March will leave from Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila on Saturday, 7 December at 3pm to wind its way through the city and will be followed by an entertainment program featuring talents from The Library Comedy Bar, BED Manila, and other LGBTI performers.

October 19, 2013

Stop Trans Pathologization’s global rally to get American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization revise their manuals gathers steam in Manila

While Fleur Rose is asking people to sign a global petition that is urging World Health Organization to stop treating transpeople as mentally ill, Dindi Tan is getting ready for a “convergence for fun” in Manila Saturday to strengthen transgender health.

July 2, 2013

Philippines LGBT HIV group Love Yourself is seeking sponsors to open a second HIV testing clinic and community center in Manila so that thousands more can be tested to stop the rise of the virus in the country

A Filipino LGBT HIV non-government organization is hoping to open a second clinic in Manila with the support of the Philippines Department of Health but is seeking additional funds from sponsors to launch the project.

The volunteer organization Love Yourself is partnering with the Philippines Department of Health’s Research Institute of Tropical Medicine to establish a community center for men who have sex with men (MSM) on Manila’s Shaw Boulevard in the city center.

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 15, 2013

Transgender women in the Philippines join day of action to end violence against women and girls

Transgender women's rights group GANDA Filipinas joined a One Billion Rising (OBR), a day of protest calling for an end to violence against women, at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila yesterday.

'Transgender women are no stranger to violence as the yearly statistics of the Transgender Day of Remembrance demonstrate,' said Naomi Fontanos co-founder of GANDA Filipinas.

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.

January 29, 2013

Filipino LGBT group speak out against sentencing of tour guide and performance artist for protest against the Catholic church

ProGay Philippines has spoken out against a court's decision yesterday to sentence a tour guide to a year in prison for 'offending religious feelings'.

Carlos Celdran was found guilty of violating a 1930 law which ProGay Philippines say is 'archaic and defeats equal protection of free speech rights'.

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 27, 2012

The writer of the Philippines’ most successful gay comic book speaks to Gay Star News

It’s said that creativity happens when two worlds collide: jazz was born from African and European music; the chicken tikka sandwich from Indian and British cuisine.

When Visconte Carlo Vergara collided the world of comic books with gay Filipino culture he unwittingly created a huge hit the force of which he is still recovering from.

November 21, 2012

Pastor of LGBT-friendly church in Metro Manila says the people are ready, but the Catholic church is blocking same-sex marriage in the Philippines

A gay pastor who has performed dozens of same-sex marriage ceremonies across the Philippines said in an interview with Gay Star News on Sunday that Filipinos are ready for gay marriage.

‘I performed a lesbian wedding in a province in September, and usually provinces are very conservative, but the whole community was there celebrating, even the town mayor!’ said Reverend Ceejay Agbayani of LGBTS Christian Church in Quezon City, Metro Manila (the ’S’ is for ‘straight’).

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.