LGBT

Section 377A does not violate constitutional provisions, right to sexual freedom not “unenumerated” in Constitution

The right to sexual freedom or privacy is not inherently enshrined in the Singapore Constitution, and the legality of various forms of voluntary sexual conduct “are questions of societal values and morality” left for Parliament to decide, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC). “There is no unenumerated free-standing right to sexual freedom or privacy in the Constitution,” argued Deputy Chief Counsel …

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Section 377A constitutional challenge: Expert evidence reveal sexual orientation cannot be changed at will, lawyers argue

The legal team advocating the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code — which criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men — argued before the High Court on Mon (18 Nov) that sexual orientation is a product of genetic and environmental factors, and cannot be changed at will. Lawyers Eugene Thuraisingam, Suang Wijaya and Johannes Hadi of Eugene Thuraisingam …

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Hong Kong’s pride parade downgraded to ‘public meeting’ as protests swirl

Police have downgraded Hong Kong’s annual gay pride parade to a stationary rally, organisers said Thursday, after police banned the traditionally boisterous and colourful march through the territory as pro-democracy protests engulf the city. Police allowed the Saturday afternoon event on condition it takes the “form of a public meeting” and not a march, Hong Kong Pride Parade said in …

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Section 377A originally enacted to deal with rampant male prostitution in S’pore, provision no longer serves original purpose today: Ex-CJ Chan Sek Keong

The controversial Section 377A of the Penal Code, widely believed to be a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual intercourse between two men, was in fact enacted as a means of dealing with rampant male prostitution in the late-1930s, said former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong in a 72-page article in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal published on Mon …

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Local bisexual singer withdraws from concert following SIM GE’s alleged unwillingness to allow “LGBT causes”

Local bisexual singer Leon Marckus has withdrawn from the list of acts scheduled to perform at an upcoming concert at SIM Global Education Institute (SIM GE), after he was allegedly asked to omit any lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content from his performance. Leon told Yahoo! Lifestyle Singapore that an organiser of the concert had sent him a message saying …

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99.co launches new initiative against LGBTQ discrimination in Singapore’s housing and property industry

99.co, a leading property portal in Singapore, together with Prout, a community-based app for the LGBTQ+ community, hosted Singapore’s first ‘Meet Your Next Housemate’ event for the LGBTQ community at Found8’s Anson Road co-working space on Thursday (19 Sep). About 120 participants attended the jointly-run event, which was sponsored by General Assembly, and supported by industry partners AMICI Events and …

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Thailand may pave the way to legalising same-sex unions in Southeast Asia

Thailand may become the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex unions as the country’s parliament inches towards passing a draft Bill that will enable same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships, on the heels of Taiwan’s legalisation of same-sex marriages in May. Bloomberg reported today (28 Aug) that should the Bill be passed, same-sex couples in Thailand will obtain the …

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Singapore’s own The G3Sha drops his coming out single ‘I’m OK’

Singaporean’s artist The G3sha drops his next single today titled I’m OK. It is a coming out song to the artist’s family and the world. The artist who released a Cantonese single Pei Pa Koa ( 枇杷膏) in April now tells the story of his personal experiences of growing up as a gay man in Singapore. The single explores his …

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#PinkDot11: Young Singaporeans chime in on 377A, PM Lee’s recent comments, and voting LGBT-friendly candidates in the GE

Thousands of Singaporean teens and youths flocked to Hong Lim Park last Saturday (29 Jun) to gather for the 11th anniversary of the Pink Dot movement, which supports the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Singaporeans to love and live freely without discrimination. TOC had the opportunity to interview more than a handful of such young Singaporeans, …

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The power of Pinkdot lies in its rejection

by James Leong Learnings from my First Foray into Hong Lim Park I get Pinkdot but it did not resonate with me, but action does speak louder than words and Pinkdot is in its 11th year. That’s more than a decade’s worth of action, so they must be doing something right.  I suspended all beliefs and decided to brave the crowds …

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