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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.

November 19, 2012

150 people joined a fun run for equality on the University of the Philippines campus, Quezon City, Metro Manila on Sunday

One hundred and fifty people ran for equality in the Philippines on Sunday in the leafy campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The Takbo ’Te Run for Equality run organized by the Proud to be LGBT campaign, the College of Human Kinetics Student Council and Take Back the Tech and raised money for the Home of the Golden Gays, a care home for elderly LGBT people.

November 19, 2012

ProGay Philippines say extreme poverty is no reason not to fight for gay rights, as they start a new chapter of in a Manila slum

The poorest of the poor are usually over-looked by gay rights groups the world over, but ProGay Philippines has a dedicated full-time volunteer whose focus is on raising awareness among the urban poor. His dedication is such that he even lives in the slum.

November 14, 2012

A transgender woman from the Philippines recently won an international beauty competition, but Filipina trans rights advocate Naomi Fontanos tells Gay Star News there’s more to transgender life than looking beautiful

Transgender women are nearly as visible in the Philippines as they are in Thailand, but does that mean the have a full bill of rights? Far from it, says Naomi Fontanos, founder of transgender rights group GANDA (Gender and Development Advocates) Filipinas. She talks to Gay Star News about health and legal advocacy, using contraceptives as hormones, the Catholic church and beauty pageants.

Why did you decide to form GANDA Filipinas?

August 26, 2012

Dan Savage and the National Organization of Marriage's Brian Brown have their promised debate.

It wasn't the Thriller in Manila, the third bout between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, but sparks flew when Dan Savage and Brian Brown sat across from each other.

April 27, 2012

From Uganda to Fiji and China to the UK, global day of action planned for International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

From festivals to flashmobs and rallies to public forums, LGBT activists and supporters around the world are planning to make their voices heard on 17 May for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

There is no end to the diversity and scope of creative and innovative activities being planned in what is sure to be the biggest and best IDAHO yet.

So no matter where you live, there is sure to be an IDAHO event happening somewhere in your region.

Here are just some of the many exciting events that will take place.

March 20, 2012

Deaf Rainbow Philippines pledges to fight for rights of minority within a minority at conference

Life for a minority within a minority was explored in Manila on Saturday at a conference called Deaf Talks: A Forum for Deaf LGBTs on Human Rights and HIV.

At the conference, founder of Deaf Rainbow Philippines addressed the 30 or so attendees using sign language and an interpreter. He said the biggest problem for deaf LGBT people such as him is lack of employment. ‘With no job, no money. Then difficult to find partner. Even on Facebook, gay men with normal hearing ridicule us. Because of broken grammar,’ he said.

November 23, 2011
Bed Bar in Manila, Philippines, selects a representative for the Mr Gay World competition in South Africa in April 2012.
The capital of the Philippines, Manila, played host to the Mr Gay World Competition in March this year. But in November we headed over there again to see the locals choose their entry for 2012’s contest. The final was held in Bed Bar (www.bed.com.ph), one of Manila's most popular gay clubs and by the time the boys made their entrance onto the stage the venue was packed with friends, family and well-wishers.
November 23, 2011
Bed Bar in Manila, Philippines, selects a representative for the Mr Gay World competition in South Africa in April 2012.
The capital of the Philippines, Manila, played host to the Mr Gay World Competition in March this year. But in November we headed over there again to see the locals choose their entry for 2012’s contest. The final was held in Bed Bar (www.bed.com.ph), one of Manila's most popular gay clubs and by the time the boys made their entrance onto the stage the venue was packed with friends, family and well-wishers.