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October 31, 2014

Top court rejected two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singaporean LGBTI activists are 'shocked and disappointed' by the country's top court ruling to uphold the anti-gay law.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected two challenges to the law brought by a couple of 15 years, Kenneth Chee and Gary Lee, and Tan Eng Hong.

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.'

September 18, 2014

A former attorney-general says consenting adults should not be jailed for gay sex 

Two top Singaporean lawyers disagreed over whether the country's anti-gay law should be scrapped at a human rights forum on Tuesday night.

About 250 students attended the event at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Professor Walter Woon, law don at NUS and former attorney-general, said he was in favor of repealing the law because of what he sees as a 'constitutional problem.'

The government has said the law would not be proactively enforced but Woon cited the constitution which gave the power of prosecution to the attorney-general.

September 11, 2014

From Chinatown and Little India to a gay village and Asia’s foremost shopping district, we discover Singapore’s unmissable neighborhoods

Singapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west.

And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

August 15, 2014

Singapore’s Police Force has refused to give a permit for this weekend’s Pink Run, claiming the event was not in the interest of maintaining public order

An LGBTI fun run planned for Saturday will not be held after the Singapore Police Force refused the event a permit – effectively banning it.

The Pink Run was going to be held as part of the 10th IndigNation LGBTI pride festival being held throughout August in Singapore.

2014 marked seven years since organizers first attempted to hold a fun run, which was broken up by a group of plain clothed police officers.

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.

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.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

July 19, 2014

As protests by the public and boycotts by writers escalate, minister who earlier defended the decision now orders two children's books to be moved to adult section of library

After a vigorous 2-week public debate following the Singapore National Library Board's (NLB) decision to withdraw and destroy three children's books which depict same-sex parents and non-nuclear families, two of the titles will be placed in the adult section instead.

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.'