By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 05 July 2009 2015 hrs
SINGAPORE: Law Minister K Shanmugam has said Singapore will not decriminalise gay sex but the courts have the power to decide how the law, Section 377, is applied. Section 377A of the Penal Code deems sex between men a crime.
A recent ruling by the New Delhi High Court legalising gay sex between consenting adults in India raised questions on whether Singapore might go the same way. Both countries share the same Penal Code, inherited from the colonial British. Continue reading ‘CNA: Singapore won’t repeal homosexual law’
BBC News, Singapore
Participants of the pinkdot rally in Singapore. Photo: 16 May 2009
Many participants described the rally as “a landmark event”
Halfway across the world, as police moved in to break up a gay rights protest in Russia, another country known for being equally as restrictive on liberal ideals was holding its first gay rally undisturbed.
Some 2,500 pink-attired supporters of gay rights gathered in a park in Singapore on Saturday, to form a pink dot, which was photographed from a nearby building. Continue reading ‘BBCNews: Singapore gays in first public rally’
Sunday, 17 May 2009, 12:22 pm
Videographer: Mervin Lee / Interviewers: Teng Jing Wei and Vicky Yang
Koh Yina / Tng Ying Hui
The overcast sky did not hamper the exuberance of the crowd at Hong Lim Park yesterday. They were gathered for one purpose – in support of Pinkdot.sg.
Pinkdot.sg is about supporting the freedom of the LGBT in Singapore to love. This historical moment aims to promote an inclusive society for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Many were dressed in pink, regardless whether they were homosexuals or not and they were there to express themselves freely about the right to love. Continue reading ‘TOC: A thousand gather to celebrate diversity and the freedom to love’
By Jessica Geen
May 8, 2009
Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal “tooth and nail”.
Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.
This week, he received a letter dismissing him for “homosexual conduct”. Continue reading ‘PinkNews: Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’’
By Peter Singer, 2006
In recent years, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and Spain have recognized marriages between people of the same sex. Several other countries recognize civil unions with similar legal effect. An even wider range of countries have laws against discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, in areas like housing and employment. Yet in the world’s largest democracy, India, sex between two men remains a crime punishable, according to statute, by imprisonment for life.
India is not, of course, the only nation to retain severe punishments for homosexuality. In some Islamic nations – Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, for instance – sodomy is a crime for which the maximum penalty is death. But the retention of such laws is easier to understand in the case of countries that incorporate religious teachings into their criminal law – no matter how much others may regret it – than in a secular democracy like India. Continue reading ‘Homosexuality is Not Immoral’
By Radha Basu, Senior Correspondent
The Sunday Times
May 10, 2009
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was every parent’s dream. A Boy Scout, he scored good grades at school, loved football and helped out at the local church.
Yet, after dinner on April 6, the Massachusetts boy wrapped an extension cord around his neck and killed himself. He was 11.
Ten days later, on April 16, Jaheem Herrera from Georgia hanged himself with a fabric belt, hours after returning home with glowing grades. He too was 11.
Both families say that relentless taunts by schoolmates who called them ‘gay’ drove the boys to their deaths. The schools have not denied their allegations. Continue reading ‘ST: Mothers, talk to your kids about the birds and the bees’
6 May 2009
From The Informant Network Team:
Here’s another email forwarded to Prime Minister Lee, a few PAP MPs and many other people to manipulate public perception against the CSE.
The segment on homosexuality takes up only 5 minutes of the 3 hour CSE which is taught only to 11 schools in Singapore.
It is most ridiculous to accuse it as part of a homosexual plot to undermine the institution of marriage in Singapore. Continue reading ‘TheWayangParty: LEAKED: Appeal to Prime Minister on values of marriage and family’