LGBT

Irregularities cited in “Keep 377A” petition signees by reader, asks what Govt is doing to protect SG’s secular democracy from religious groups

In a submission to TOC, a reader has raised his concerns regarding the dubiousness of a particular petition that calls for the retention of Section 377A in the Penal Code – a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual relations between two male adults – which has been a hotly debated subject of late. The reader raised several "serious issues" regarding "this …

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Bert & Ernie of Sesame Street are actually gay and in love

In an exclusive interview by reporter David Reddish on Queerty, writer and creator of Sesame Streets’ Bert & Ernie, Mark Saltzman revealed that the iconic puppet duo are in fact modelled on his relationship with his life partner the late Arnold Glassman – the two were partners for over 20 years before Glassman’s passing in 2003. In the interview, Saltzman …

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Churches want 377A to remain in order to preserve the sanctity of marriage

Unsurprisingly, churches in Singapore have come out on the side of keeping Section 377A of the Penal Code. That law is in line with their religious beliefs and values after all. In a statement recently, the National Council of Churches in Singapore (NCCS) voiced their opposition to the petition to repeal Section 377A. The statement said that the Council, which …

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Citizens ready for a Singapore that treats all her citizens equally – or not

If there’s one thing every student can take away from years of history classes is that socio-political changes in one country can cause a spectacular (sometimes slow and disappointing) ripple effect. India’s recent repeal of Section 377A in their Penal Code has stirred up discussion of that same colonial law in countries that were formerly under British rule, including Singapore. …

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Singaporean DJ files constitutional challenge against Section 377A

A court challenge has been filed on constitutional grounds against Section 377A, a provision in the Singapore Penal Code which criminalises sexual activity between two men, by internationally renowned Singaporean disc jockey (DJ) and Pink Dot SG ambassador Mr Johnson Ong Ming on Monday (10 Sep). Mr Ong Ming, or better known by his stage name DJ Big Kid, filed …

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LGBT community should not face discrimination, especially in the workplace: Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

The rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Malaysia are still subject to existing laws in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mujahid Yusof Rawa on 23 July. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, he reasoned that the government took note the majority of Malaysians' backlash against public expressions of the LGBT community. Translated …

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“No call to action this year”, but “Be there”: Nephew of PM Lee on the eve of Pink Dot SG’s 10-year anniversary

The grandson of the late former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew has encouraged local netizens to attend this year's Pink Dot celebration. The Pink Dot gathering, which is an annual event that celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community in Singapore, will take place at Hong Lim Park tomorrow. Li Huanwu, who is also the nephew of …

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