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PHILIPPINES

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: No
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are you out in PHILIPPINES about your HIV/AIDS status?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

Yes (0 %) Yes, but not at work (0 %) Yes, only to my friends (0 %) Yes, but only to my family (16%) Yes, but only to my friends and family (0 %) No (83%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in PHILIPPINES...
Margarida (user currently living in GABON) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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I usually just read and learn from other pelope's posts but I feel like I might be able to give other pelope comfort and confidence to delve into the unknown on this particular thread Here's a bit of background on myself. I'm 21, black, born and raised in an African country where homosexuality is illegal and you could go to prison for it. Luckily,I moved to the UK a few years back so my journey has been easier than it could have been.I've had a few male sexual partners. The sexual experiences were pretty lackluster with most guys. But with my last bf, the emotional and sexual chemistry were intense. It was amazing. I really loved his company and we laughed and had a great relationship while it lasted. We eventually broke up because he moved to a different country. Fortunately, we're still really good friends. So I know that I can be attracted to a man and be completely happy with him. However, one thing that I can't explain is that I sometimes pretended I was with a girl for me to climax during sex.I've had drunken kisses with my straight girl friends and I felt nothing. But I've had crushes on other girls since my early teens and I dreamt and fantasised about kissing etc with them. Being in an environment where being anything other than straight means being imprisoned and being disowned by your family, I didn't act on my attraction. Moving to the UK allowed me the opportunity to freely explore myself without fear of being a social outcast. So after I broke up with my lovely ex, I actively hung out with my gay friends and used online dating sites to meet other women so I could meet a girl that I clicked' with. And after a few months of unsuccessful, really boring dates, I finally met a girl who's beautiful, funny, smart and really sweet. Our first date lasted 5 hours and we talk and text a lot now. I explained to her that I found girls attractive, but I'd never had emotional feelings for a girl, that it was all new to me, that I wasn't sure if I was bisexual or bicurious or whatever. She has been really understanding and wanted to take things slow on my behalf. I had to go on holiday for a couple of weeks for Christmas so I haven't seen her since our first date. But we've kept in touch, and flirted a lot and I know I don't want to take things slow. She's great and I'm ready!I guess I'm sharing my story to give confidence to everyone else who's confused to actively find themselves'. My family is conservative and religious and it will be extremely difficult for them to accept my sexuality (they sat me down for a chat about how God doesn't like that kind of thing after they saw one of my dating profiles.) And I am terrified of having to tell my parents should I ever fall in love with a woman. But I've realised that I'm a lot better off knowing who I am, and what makes me happy. Ultimately, they want me to be happy too, and that gives me hope.My story is far from a happy ever after ending, but I hope it will comfort someone else who is confused and feels alone. Take it one step at a time beauties. Don't let the pressure thwart your inner light xxx
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Margarida (user currently living in GABON) posted for readers in response to this story on 09/10/2013
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I usually just read and learn from other pelope's posts but I feel like I might be able to give other pelope comfort and confidence to delve into the unknown on this particular thread Here's a bit of background on myself. I'm 21, black, born and raised in an African country where homosexuality is illegal and you could go to prison for it. Luckily,I moved to the UK a few years back so my journey has been easier than it could have been.I've had a few male sexual partners. The sexual experiences were pretty lackluster with most guys. But with my last bf, the emotional and sexual chemistry were intense. It was amazing. I really loved his company and we laughed and had a great relationship while it lasted. We eventually broke up because he moved to a different country. Fortunately, we're still really good friends. So I know that I can be attracted to a man and be completely happy with him. However, one thing that I can't explain is that I sometimes pretended I was with a girl for me to climax during sex.I've had drunken kisses with my straight girl friends and I felt nothing. But I've had crushes on other girls since my early teens and I dreamt and fantasised about kissing etc with them. Being in an environment where being anything other than straight means being imprisoned and being disowned by your family, I didn't act on my attraction. Moving to the UK allowed me the opportunity to freely explore myself without fear of being a social outcast. So after I broke up with my lovely ex, I actively hung out with my gay friends and used online dating sites to meet other women so I could meet a girl that I clicked' with. And after a few months of unsuccessful, really boring dates, I finally met a girl who's beautiful, funny, smart and really sweet. Our first date lasted 5 hours and we talk and text a lot now. I explained to her that I found girls attractive, but I'd never had emotional feelings for a girl, that it was all new to me, that I wasn't sure if I was bisexual or bicurious or whatever. She has been really understanding and wanted to take things slow on my behalf. I had to go on holiday for a couple of weeks for Christmas so I haven't seen her since our first date. But we've kept in touch, and flirted a lot and I know I don't want to take things slow. She's great and I'm ready!I guess I'm sharing my story to give confidence to everyone else who's confused to actively find themselves'. My family is conservative and religious and it will be extremely difficult for them to accept my sexuality (they sat me down for a chat about how God doesn't like that kind of thing after they saw one of my dating profiles.) And I am terrified of having to tell my parents should I ever fall in love with a woman. But I've realised that I'm a lot better off knowing who I am, and what makes me happy. Ultimately, they want me to be happy too, and that gives me hope.My story is far from a happy ever after ending, but I hope it will comfort someone else who is confused and feels alone. Take it one step at a time beauties. Don't let the pressure thwart your inner light xxx
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