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July 13, 2014

Singapore National Library Board has pulled gay-friendly books from shelves, and LGBTI families fight back saying ‘we are real’

July 8, 2014

Two books aimed at young children have been withdrawn following complaints from a member of an anti-LGBTI Facebook group

The National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore has apparently withdrawn two children’s books, both of which included depictions of LGBTI people and same-sex parenting.

The move came following a complaint to the board from a contributor to an anti-LGBTI Facebook group – ‘We are Against Pinkdot in Singapore’.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 22, 2014

Archbishop of Singapore William Goh has attacked the LGBTI community, saying gay people need to be ‘restored to wholeness’

The Archbishop of Singapore has written a blistering attack on the LGBTI community, labelling gay lifestyles as ‘detrimental to society.’

In a letter dated 19 June, Singaporean Archbishop William Goh said LGBTI people were contrary to religious teachings and their relationships are invalid because they cannot procreate.

‘My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,’ wrote Goh.

‘The LGBT movement is gaining momentum. Some of you are confused and are asking what the Church's position is with regard to the family.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 14, 2014

Stefanie Sun, a Mandarin popstar popular across East Asia and Southeast Asia, says she supports the 'Freedom to Love' and calls on fans to attend Singapore's pro-LGBT Pink Dot rally

Singapore-born, Taiwan-based singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun has declared her support for Pink Dot 2014, Singapore's annual LGBTI rally which attracted a record turnout of 21,000 people last year.

In a 20-second video posted on YouTube and shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, Sun said in Mandarin, 'Being able to find true love, is one of life's happiest things.'

June 13, 2014

Decision hilariously mocked by satirists claiming Singaporean officials now think homosexuality can be spread through sound

Singapore’s media censors have banned LGBTI rights champion and top Asian diva A-Mei from singing her Rainbow hit at a festival.

The Taiwanese singer is famous across Asia and Australia and is massively popular with Mandarin speakers and LGBTI people.

But she was reportedly puzzled when officials unexpectedly banned her from performing Rainbow at the 2014 Spring Wave Music And Art Festival, held in Singapore’s stunning Gardens by the Bay on 7 June.

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

May 31, 2014

Seven young LGBTI filmmakers in Cambodia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Singapore have been selected to produce a short story about their thoughts and experiences about being LGBTI where they live 

B-Change Foundation, a social enterprise, has launched the first video from the 'Stories of Being Me' campaign which will feature a total of seven short videos made by young LGBTIs in Asia.

The videos coincide with the launch of BE: a new web-app designed to support the well-being of young people from sexual and gender minorities.

May 23, 2014

The event on June 28 is expected to the largest rally for gay acceptance – or for any social cause – in the Southeast Asian state where gay sex is illegal and punishable by up to 2 years in prison

More than 40 Singaporean LGBTIs and allies are featured in Pink Dot Singapore's new campaign video to launch the sixth annual rally to support the acceptance of LGBTIs in Singapore.

Titled 'For Family, For Friends, For Love,' the video was launched on Thursday night at the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel with over 100 people in attendance.

The 4-minute video features LGBT and straight Singaporeans 'shar(ing) their sentiments about Pink Dot and their wish for a more open-minded and inclusive Singapore,' according to organizers.

May 14, 2014

Singapore’s Galerie Sogan & Art gallery is hosting a free exhibition of LGBTI themed artworks this month with the proceeds of the artworks going to charity

A special LGBTI themed art exhibition is opening to the public again this month after an initial showing in March.

The Can You See Mee exhibition, organized by Singapore’s Element magazine, reopened 12 May and is being held at Singapore’s Galerie Sogan & Art Gallery.

Element magazine hopes to promote diversity through the exhibition by showcasing the lives of ordinary Asian LGBTI people through the works of various LGBTI or LGBTI-friendly artists and photographers.

May 3, 2014

'Foreign companies here should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans,' a minister said in response to news that a company is hosting a recruitment dinner for LGBT students

A Singapore minister has admonished a multinational company in Singapore for its recruitment practice saying that foreign companies 'should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans.'

May 3, 2014

'Foreign companies here should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans,' a minister said in response to news that a company is hosting a recruitment dinner for LGBT students

A Singapore minister has admonished a multinational company in Singapore for its recruitment practice saying that foreign companies 'should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans.'

April 24, 2014

The 2014 Pink Dot concert will be the highlight of Singapore’s LGBTI pride Pink Dot festival on 28 June

Singapore’s Hong Lim Park will once again play host to a range of local performing artists, comedians and musicians at the 2014 Pink Dot Concert, held as part of Pink Dot 2014.

The Pink Dot LGBTI pride festival is an annual event held in Singapore since 2009 and has spawned sister events in Anchorage, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, New York, Okinawa, Taipei and Utah.

The 2014 concert line-up features an eclectic mix of acts from across the entertainment spectrum.

April 24, 2014

The 2014 Pink Dot concert will be the highlight of Singapore’s LGBTI pride Pink Dot festival on 28 June

Singapore’s Hong Lim Park will once again play host to a range of local performing artists, comedians and musicians at the 2014 Pink Dot Concert, held as part of Pink Dot 2014.

The Pink Dot LGBTI pride festival is an annual event held in Singapore since 2009 and has spawned sister events in Anchorage, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, New York, Okinawa, Taipei and Utah.

The 2014 concert line-up features an eclectic mix of acts from across the entertainment spectrum.

April 23, 2014

Lawrence Wee Kim San has decided not to continue with his efforts to have sexual orientation included in employment discrimination laws in Singapore after he left his job over what he claimed was homophobic harassment in the workplace

A Singaporean senior executive who left his position at a department store because he claimed he was harassed over his sexuality has dropped his bid to have sexual orientation recognized as a protected category in Singapore’s employment anti-discrimination laws.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, worked for the Robinsons department store but said he left because of a hostile environment towards homosexuals at the top of the company.

April 22, 2014

We meet Hiro Mizuhara, a young leading light of Singapore’s emerging LGBTI community, and learn what life and the scene is really like on the island were gay sex is still against the law

Not all advice you get from locals is sound. Picking me up from Singapore’s airport, Hiro Mizuhara had told me not to believe the weather forecast predicting thunder – it hadn’t rained for months he pointed out.

The next day I was in the middle of the stunning Gardens By The Bay when the storm started. The downpour delivered three months worth of rain in a few hours, while I sheltered in the gardens’ enormous greenhouses.

March 22, 2014

The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus calls on the ASEAN governments to place greater priority on the well-being and welfare of all peoples in its 10 member-states

LGBT rights activists attending the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) in Yangon, Myanmar from 21 to 23 March 2014 are continuing to lobby its 10 member-states to promote and protect the rights of its LGBTIQ people.

The 10 member-states are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The ACSC/APF is held ahead of the ASEAN Summit in May which will also be hosted by Myanmar, the Chair of ASEAN this year.

March 17, 2014

Inspirational advocates from across Asia share their stories at landmark awards ceremony in Singapore

Asia’s LGBTI heroes have been honored at the first Asian Pink Awards in Singapore.

Campaigners and company representatives flew in from all over the region and as far away as Europe for the event last night (16 March), organized by Asian gay men’s magazine Element.

Among those honored was A-Mei, the hit Taiwanese singer who held a free concert in 2013 to support same-sex marriage.

Another singer, Laure Shang, a past winner of the Chinese Supergirls contest and an LGBTI advocate was also given an award.

March 10, 2014

Three companies and 10 individuals will be honored as Element magazine hosts inaugural Asian Pink Awards

LGBTI heroes will be celebrated this Sunday (16 March) at the first Asian Pink Awards.

With a vast pool of talent and passion to choose from, the awards will go to 10 individuals and three companies from this list of 27 nominees.

February 18, 2014

A secret guide telling Singapore Christians how best to lobby their government against scrapping the country’s colonial era sodomy law has been leaked online - exposing their talking points about how to write to lawmakers

A secret guidebook created by a group of Singapore churches telling people how best to lobby lawmakers against repealing the country’s colonial era 377A law banning sex between men has been leaked online.

‘This Guide is not meant for mass distribution to everybody in your church or everybody you know on Planet Earth,’ the guidebook states.