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March 20, 2015

Travel Massive founder Ian Cumming is using social media to create value through grassroots collaboration.

Ian Cumming left his home in the Australian state of Tasmania in 2008. He was 28 and had already created his first business - a software consultancy company.

Since then, Cumming has pursued his passion for travel. First backpacking through Thailand and Laos while building (and then selling) a travel information sharing platform. Cumming then moved to Sydney from where he established Travel Massive which has grown to become the world's largest travel community.

March 14, 2015

Here is the full list of places that we have been recently.

So many places, so little time. We love to travel and we love to write about travel – sharing our experiences and stories, hopefully inspiring our readers to travel more and also share their travel stories with us.

March 12, 2015

Andre Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’ features amazing drag dance off

RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Courtney Act and Manila Luzon have gone head-to-head in a music video for gay rapper Andre Xcellence.

The track, ‘Game of Thrones’, features a number of cameos including underwear model Pablo Hernandez, and they all face battle to the death in a fierce dance off.

Season 6 runner up Courtney and season 3 contestant Manila strut their stuff to the catchy tune to win rapper Xcellence’s ‘Game of Thrones’, which references the HBO show of the same name.

February 17, 2015

Rumors of censorship and vandalism spark social media campaign

A Philippines clothing brand has responded to controversy over a billboard featuring a gay couple holding hands.

However, their interlocking fingers were blacked out on a billboard unveiled last week in Manila.

Rumors that the Ad Standards Council (ASC) had ordered their hands to be painted over or Bench defaced the ad as a marketing ploy sparked a social media campaign with the hashtag #PaintTheirHandsBack.

February 16, 2015

Ordinance is first of its kind outside Metro Manila

A comprehensive anti-gay discrimination ordinance Wednesday (11 February) passed it first reading in Mandaue City without opposition. 

The diversity code was introduced by councilor Nenita Layese and is the first of its kind in the Philippines outside Metro Manila.

The ordinance would create a diversity affairs commission to implement comprehensive anti-discrimination laws as well as sexual and transgender health, welfare and inclusivity programs.

February 16, 2015

Ordinance is first of its kind outside Metro Manila

A comprehensive anti-gay discrimination ordinance Wednesday (11 February) passed it first reading in Mandaue City without opposition. 

The diversity code was introduced by councilor Nenita Layese and is the first of its kind in the Philippines outside Metro Manila.

The ordinance would create a diversity affairs commission to implement comprehensive anti-discrimination laws as well as sexual and transgender health, welfare and inclusivity programs.

February 14, 2015

Was it censorship or vandalism? Activists in the Philippines allege that the Ad Standards Council had ordered the billboard to be defaced so as 'not to irk the wider public'

It has been hailed by many as 'the boldest LGBT ad in the country so far', the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines is home to the third-largest Catholic population in the world.

October 30, 2014

They say the law is urgent after the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine

Two Philippine lawmakers have expressed their intent to file a bill to curb anti-gay hate crimes following the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine.

Akbayan Party List Representative Barry Gutierrez and Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao have called for a nationwide protection of LGBTI people.

Several cities and states, including Quezon City, have passed local anti-discrimination laws but there is now national.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 27, 2014

The German is barred from leaving the country after he stormed a military camp where the suspect is held

The German fiancé of a transgender allegedly slain by a US Marine fainted yesterday after he was stopped from boarding a flight home from the Philippines.

Marc Suselbeck has been charged with 'undesirability' and is not allowed to leave the country.

He reportedly lost consciousness at Manila international airport and was taken to hospital.

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 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.