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October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

August 2, 2014

Indignation – Singapore's only LGBT pride festival featuring performances, a pink run, picnic, talks and discussions – will run for the month of August

Over 200 LGBTIs and their allies filled the historic former Parliamentary Debating Chamber at The Arts House where ContraDiction – the opening event of the month-long Indignation LGBT pride season – was held on Friday night.

The queer literary event featured 12 poets, writers and singer-musicians who performed LGBTI-themed poems, writings and songs in the very chambers of Singapore's Old Parliament House where the laws of Singapore were passed from 1955 to 1999.

May 30, 2013

Websites accessed in Singapore subject to regulations that prohibit 'material [that] advocates homosexuality or lesbianism'

The Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore is introducing a tough new rule that will censor websites that are read from inside the country, even if they are not hosted there.

The new rule, which will come into effect on Saturday (1 June), will require local news websites and those that report regularly on Singapore and get at least 50,000 unique visitors from Singapore over two months to apply for an individual license.

December 12, 2012

Gay Star News talks to Alex Au, born in 1952, one of the pioneers of gay activism and blog writing in Singapore

During his lifetime Alex Au has witnessed Singapore's gay scene move from the underground to the public eye, police tactics move from entrapment and 'pogroms' against gay men to 'non-enforcement' of the anti-homosexuality law and seen the internet develop from self-coding to microblogs. His blog, Yawning Bread, which he started in 1996, is still going strong.

December 12, 2012

Gay Star News talks to Alex Au, born in 1952, one of the pioneers of gay activism and blog writing in Singapore

During his lifetime Alex Au has witnessed Singapore's gay scene move from the underground to the public eye, police tactics move from entrapment and 'pogroms' against gay men to 'non-enforcement' of the anti-homosexuality law and seen the internet develop from self-coding to microblogs. His blog, Yawning Bread, which he started in 1996, is still going strong.

June 25, 2012

Co-founder of Singapore's first gay rights group and long-time blogger Alex Au Waipang awarded humaninst of the year

The Humanist Society (Singapore) awarded their Humanist of the Year prize to a gay man, Alex Au Waipang, for the first time on Saturday.

‘I think it’s very generous of the Society, though I would understand if it had been a difficult decision since I am a gay man,’ said Au Waipang when he was accepting the prize.

April 11, 2012

Yale faculty concerned about civil rights in Singapore, where homosexuality is illegal

An agreement between Yale and the National University of Singapore has hit controversy after a resolution that states ‘concern regarding the history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore’ was passed by the faculty last week.

Yale has already agreed to open its first overseas campus in Singapore, where homosexuality is illegal, so the vote is largely symbolic, but it’s evidence of a fierce debate about whether a liberal arts university should open a campus in a less than liberal location.

April 11, 2012

Yale faculty concerned about civil rights in Singapore, where homosexuality is illegal

An agreement between Yale and the National University of Singapore has hit controversy after a resolution that states ‘concern regarding the history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore’ was passed by the faculty last week.

Yale has already agreed to open its first overseas campus in Singapore, where homosexuality is illegal, so the vote is largely symbolic, but it’s evidence of a fierce debate about whether a liberal arts university should open a campus in a less than liberal location.