The Jakarta Post
13 August 2009
New book sheds light on gay groups in Indonesia
Ni Komang Erviani , The Jakarta Post, Denpasar
Society still strongly refuses to accept the lifestyle choices of gay men in Indonesia, causing many to lead double lives, a US scholar says.
Tom Boesllstorf, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, launched his book Monday titled The Gay Archipelago at the Queer (Q) film festival in Denpasar. Though the book has been in circulation in English since 2005, the recently reprinted version is in Indonesian.
The professor meticulously studied the origins and history of gay communities in Indonesia, and details the lives of several individuals struggling against social prejudices. Continue reading ‘New book sheds light on gay groups in Indonesia’
Published 5 July 2009
Tags: culture, law, religion
5 July 2009
Delhi ruling a victory for gays
by P. Jayaram, India Correspondent
Exactly a decade ago when homosexuality was still a very hush-hush affair in India, more than a dozen men staged a march in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), the teeming eastern metropolis.
The rag-tag bunch, wearing yellow T-shirts with the words ‘Walk on the Rainbow’, simply wanted to visit officials, judges, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and anyone who mattered to tell them ‘what we were all about’. Continue reading ‘ST: Delhi ruling a victory for gays’
30 June 2009
The march of gay politics
By Jon Kelly
Political reporter, BBC News
New York’s Stonewall riot in 1969 is credited with launching the gay rights movement – and 40 years on, its impact is still being felt by politicians in the UK.
It seems a world away from modern-day Westminster, where openly gay MPs and peers sit around the cabinet and shadow cabinet tables while politicians on all sides of the House profess their tolerance.
On 28 June 1969, following a campaign of police harassment, patrons of Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn – mostly gay men, lesbians and transvestites – fought back following a raid.
The event prompted the first gay pride marches, inspired a new wave of the equality movement and eventually gave its name to the campaign group Stonewall. Continue reading ‘BBC: The march of gay politics’
20 June 2009
MEMO FROM BEIJING
‘Coming out’ in China
While homosexuality is still largely a social taboo, Chinese society is slowly opening up
By Sim Chi Yin, China Correspondent
TWO empty white picture frames hung on the art gallery’s wall.
Hours earlier, the authorities had marched in, inspected each art piece and asked for the sexually explicit ones to be removed.
But apart from those casualties, Beijing’s first gay art exhibition opened without trouble last Sunday.
A crowd of 200 gay, straight, Chinese and expatriate guests gathered over soft drinks and beer at the Songzhuang Art District on the city’s outskirts for what organisers quietly hailed as a breakthrough for gays in China, where homosexuality was delisted as a ‘mental illness’ only in 2001. Continue reading ‘ST: ‘Coming out’ in China’
10 May 2009
The Times of India
Gay couples ‘marry’ with parents’ approval, hawan and priests
10 May 2009, Mansi Choksi, TNN
MUMBAI: Last week, Durban-based sales advisor Joe Singh and his partner Wesley Nolan solemnised their relationship at a ceremony where a Hindu priest officiated. In the Singh living room, Wesley tied a necklace with a Ganesha pendant around Joe’s neck. The couple, now honeymooning in Mauritius, chose the Ganesha instead of garlands because both of them are “staunch Hindus” and wanted the Elephant God to “ward off evil and remove obstacles from their path”. Continue reading ‘TOI: Gay couples ‘marry’ with parents’ approval, hawan and priests’
Published 14 December 2008
Tags: culture, law, politics
Author: Lyndon Barnett
Posted: Wednesday, 15 October 200
Singapore-raised Saiful, 36 (surname withheld) believes his government is more concerned with upholding a conservative, strict image of Singapore than allowing the population to enjoy equal legislation.
“The Government makes statements for the sake of saying things. Singapore has a reputation that it is strict on everything and that is the impression the Government wants to maintain,” he said.
It is for this reason that Saiful believes the anti-gay legislation will never be overturned.
Singapore is governed by the British colonial remnant of section 377A which prohibits “any act of gross indecency with another male person”. The law is generally interpreted as acts of sodomy or oral sex. Continue reading ‘SSO: When image prevails over equality’
Published 21 June 2008
Tags: culture, human rights
Source Straits Times Print Forum
18 June 2008
S’poreans guilty too, not just rights activists
I read Lydia Lim’s article ‘Let’s not turn human rights into a battle ground’ on Saturday in which she reminded us what the Attorney-General, Professor Walter Woon, said rather critically: ‘These are people who evidently believe that they and their values represent the apex of human moral development.’
I find the statement rather ironic because it seems to me that there are among us enough Singaporeans who also believe that their values represent the apex of human moral development. Continue reading ‘To say homosexuality is immoral is a cultural view’