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Ron de Vera

Citizen based in Quezon City, Philippines, Philippines. Joined on Aug 12, 2010
Expertise in Social media, Charity & volunteer work, LGBT community & lifestyle, Education, Sexual health



Op-Ed: A gay writer draws the line on political correctness

Manila - How far must we go to make sure we do not offend others? When it comes to political correctness, where do we draw the line?

LGBT church in PH lauds Vietnamese minister on same-sex marriage Special

Manila - A church that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) parishioners lauded a Vietnamese government minister after he spoke positively about same-sex marriage in a recent online debate.

Op-Ed: Photo Essay — State of the Nation Address 2012 in Philippines Special

Manila - In his third year in office, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III reports on the situation of the Philippines from the perspective of his administration.

LGBT party list reacts to gay scouts ban Special

Manila - A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) party list called the recent reaffirmation of the Boy Scouts of America of its ban on gay scouts an outright discrimination.

Op-Ed: Men in Uniform, the Fantasy and the Reality

Manila - The Inquirer's article on gays enrolling in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) shows us that although LGBT activism has gained traction in the fight for equality, there is still a long way to go.

Op-Ed: Sticks, stones, and broken bones

I am writing this in response to the question “Are there limits to the right to freedom of expression? Explain your answer and, if your answer is yes, define the limits.” This essay is meant to generate discussion so please share your thoughts.

LGBT activists carol CBCP to show protest

Manila - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists, with political party list Ladlad and straight allies, trooped to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) building to protest discrimination by caroling on Thursday, December 15.

Op-Ed: Why I Chose to be an LGBT Rights Activist Special

Manila - On Saturday, December 3, I joined the LGBT community in the Philippines in celebrating an ongoing tradition of activism and solidarity, the annual pride march. This year, the parade was held at the Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila.

Op-Ed: Why LGBT people must get personal with the Catholic Church

Manila - When Pope John Paul II formally apologized for the persecution of Galileo, it was an apology that took the Catholic Church more than 300 years to make.

Op-Ed: The Gayness of Midas Marquez and the Men of Ethiopia

Manila - The sexuality of Filipino Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez has become the topic of debates when a video of him addressing the press went viral yesterday.

Filipino Psychologists Take A Stand Against LGBT Discrimination Special

Manila - On October 27, the Statement of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) on "Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression" was made public on PAP's website.

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Anthony Taberna

Dear Mr. Taberna, Last Thursday, on your show "Umagang Kay Ganda," you made the following comments on the death of two minors involved in a shooting in Pampanga City:

Op-Ed: What Marguerite Didn’t Get About SlutWalks

Marguerite de Leon's recent article that appeared on the website of Filipino Freethinkers is a well-written piece on her criticism against a movement that aims to erase victim-blaming from the consciousness of a narrow-minded macho society.

Op-Ed: A Spoon of Sensitivity and a Mug of LGBT Education

I've always been a huge fan of RX 93.1's "The Morning Rush." These past few weeks, I've started listening to the radio show again after taking a break from it for more than ten years.

Activists Disappointed by Philippine President's Report Special

Quezon City - An estimated 3,000 activists took to the streets to show their disappointment with the Philippine president's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Leftists Reaffirm Commitment to LGBT Rights Special

Manila - On Thursday, delegates representing Macau, Indonesia, Canada, United States, and the Philippines met to revive a three year old resolution that aims to protect the rights of LGBT people in the leftist movement.

Philippine LGBT groups celebrate Yogyakarta Principles Special

Manila - Under the leadership of Lesbian Activism Project, Inc (LeAP!) and the assistance of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, LGBT and LGBT-Friendly organizations came together on July 2 to celebrate the 29 Yogyakarta Principles.

Pride March, campus style, in Philippines Special

Manila - Forty-two years after the Stonewall Inn Riots in New York, considered a milestone in the gay liberation movement, the LGBT community is still fighting for equal rights, especially in the Philippines.

EU partners with Philippines in improving witness protection Special

Makati - On Thursday, October 28, European Union - Philippines Justice Support Program (EPJUST) gathered government and non-government organizations at the Filipinas Heritage Library to discuss the situation of witness protection programs in the Philippines.

Philippine artists honored Special

Cubao - The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) pays homage to a group of progressive artists and launches its 2011 calendar.
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