Philippine LGBT rights activists to Catholic prelates: Be compassionate

The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay) called on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to stop issuing what it describes as “poisoned” and “misguided” information regarding anti-discrimination proposals pending in Congress. The CBCP announced its opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 2814 or the Anti-Ethnic, Racial or Religious Discrimination and Profiling […]

Philippinos react to UN chief’s condemnation of gay ‘bullying’ as grave human rights abuse

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stepped into the growing social phenomenon of “homophobic bullying” by denouncing sustained verbal abuse, taunting, and serious physical attacks against children as young as 11 “because of their presumed sexual orientation or gender identity.” “This is a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights, and a […]

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines wants anti-discrimination bill cleansed of provisions on gay rights

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is now training its guns on the anti-discrimination bill, saying the possible enactment of the bill into law would open the door for the legalization of same sex marriages, according to reports. Speaking at a weekly forum in Greenhills, San Juan City, on Wednesday, lawyers of the […]

Are the Philippines, Asia’s largest Christian country, also the most gay-friendly?

The Philippines 440w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />A flexible view of sexuality has allowed gays to find a place in the community in the Philippines – as long as they stay focused on the family. Gays and lesbians in Asia’s largest Christian country are reaching new heights. More than 85 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, with […]

Death zone for lesbians in Philippines

The Philippine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Hate Watch has released a study calling out Mindanao as the deadliest place in the country for lesbians. Since 1996, half of all fatal hate crimes against queer women have occurred in the easternmost island, the nation’s second-largest city. That’s 6 out of 12 deaths, so we’re talking […]

Lesbian and gay identity in the Ayta tribe in the Philippines

Discrimination based on social constructs like sexual orientations and gender identities are sharply called to light in the case of those discriminated on the basis of being both an indigenous person, and at the same time gay or lesbian. History shows that the perceived invisibility of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) indigenous people in the […]