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 small numbers to begin with, but LGBT hate crimes, fatal or otherwise, are often under-reported.
The official statement of participants representing forty-six (46) LGBT groups in the Philippines from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the National Capital Region during the Philippine National LGBT Conference, "Forging Unity Towards the Recognition of LGBT Human Rights in the Philippines” on June 3 – 5, 2011 at Cavite, Philippines. >>>
One of the unique traits of booming Tagum City is that it celebrates a festival every month (14 festivals and counting). What is even more compelling is that it gives a special tribute to the gay community by celebrating their freedom of choice and lifestyle through what could be Mindanao’s biggest and longest gathering of gaiety among the 'third sex.' >>>
As members of the Catholic Church continue to lambast gay couples and same-sex marriages, a progressive lawmaker on Wednesday urged the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate the killings and hate crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT).
The authority to solemnize a marriage of pastors behind the recent same-sex mass wedding in Baguio City may be revoked, a Catholic prelate said. Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz believes that administering in a same-sex wedding goes against the merit of a priest or minister’s authority to solemnize a marriage.
The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Metro Baguio performed on Saturday wedding rites for eight gay couples in Baguio City while New York became the sixth and largest state in the US to legalize gay marriage. The wedding rites were patterned after the traditional Catholic ceremonies at the Ayuyang Bar and Restaurant in Baden Powell Inn, and officiated by pastors Mike Sotero, Egay
Constantino, Ceejay Agbayani and Regen Luna of MCC. >>>
HB 1483 seeks to protect the LGBTs against unlawful discriminatory acts in employment, education, health services, public service (including military service), commercial and medical establishments, including police and military harassment. Pending the passage of HB 1483, LGBTs have to deal with discrimination every day without legal protection as seen in the hate crime cases and discrimination in employment and access to social services.
03/06/2011 | Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines ProGay
On 16 May, members of ProGay Philippines and Metropolitan Community Church of Quezon City (MCCQC) trooped to the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines to support House Bill 1483 (Anti-Discrimination Bill) and House Bill 4635 (National Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Act of 2011). Casino delivered a privileged speech on the house floor supporting IDAHO. >>>
HATE CRIME WATCH, a loose alliance of individuals and groups working to promote and protect the human rights of all people regardless of SOGI by documenting and seeking justice for hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Philippines, today marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a call on the Philippine government to give attention to the spate of many unsolved killings of LGBT persons in the country and to put a stop to this senseless shhow of hate. >>>
The Catholic church accused supporters of the controversial reproductive health bill (RH) of having problems in their marital life. Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said actors and actresses who endorse the RH bill ultimately want a divorce measure to be passed in Congress.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists trooped to the House of Representatives on the eve of a global gay rights anniversary to seek the passage of a long-delayed measure protecting human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>
Two Swedish men were jailed for life in the Philippines for human trafficking after they were found running a cybersex den in which nude women performed for Internet clients,
authorities said on Wednesday.
The large family size in communities illustrates the Catholic Church’s influence on couples. People have misconceptions about modern family planning methods because of what they are told in church such as condoms have holes and can cause HIV/AIDS; pills cause cancer; and IUDs will rot inside their bodies. Birth control is making a comeback at clinics in Manila after a 2000 city ordinance discouraged the distribution of contraceptives. >>>
The large family size in communities like San Andres illustrates the Catholic Church’s
influence on couples. "They often come to us with misconceptions about modern family
planning methods because of what they are told in church—that condoms ‘have holes’ and
can cause HIV/AIDS, that pills cause cancer and that IUDs will rot inside their bodies," adds
midwife Imelda Tano, who also works with Likhaan.
Not all religious organizations are against the reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress.
This was the message of the leaders of the Protestant and evangelical Christian Churches on Thursday, as they expressed support for the bill, which is being strongly opposed by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). >>>
Alas, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has stipulated in writing their stand on homosexuality as they recently launched the book entitled Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. Due to its title, the book has received numbers of reactions that are in sum challenging the idea of dichotomizing the identity and the acts. >>>
The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (PROGAY) is urging acting secretary Albert Del Rosario to make sure the country votes to affirm the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, at transgender (LGBT) in the Human
Rights Council on March 9. >>>