23 June 2009
Straits Times Life!
Colourful Castro centre
By yong shu hoong, in san francisco
Acclaimed film-maker Alfred Hitchcock once described San Francisco as ‘a good location for a murder mystery’.
So it is no wonder he set several of his famous thrillers, such as Vertigo (1958) and The Birds (1963), in San Francisco and its Bay Area.
More recently, San Francisco’s iconic landmarks, in particular, the Golden Gate Bridge, have popped up in Hollywood movies, such as the animated feature Monsters Vs Aliens and the fantasy film Land Of The Lost.
On a more serious note, the 2008 Oscar winner Milk, director Gus Van Sant’s biopic of slain politician Harvey Milk, was also filmed on location in San Francisco. Continue reading ‘ST Life!: Colourful Castro centre’
17 June 2009
English translation by Signeller Kay Loh. Original Chinese text follows below.
(Breakfast news – The New Shanghainese) “The Shanghai Pride Week”
2000-06-17. He Xi Wei
Last Monday, at a chit chat session that was supposed to be attended by youngsters, the appearance of an “uncle” with grey hair stood out like a sore thumb.
It was a discussion related to the developmental process on homosexuality in China, and the majority of attendees are either “comrades” in the circle or people driven by curiosity to take a peep at the psychology of gays. However, the reasons given by “uncle” was different: the organizers knew later that because his daughter was also gay, “uncle” wished to take part in the discussions to better understand his daughter. Continue reading ‘Zaobao: Shanghai Pride Week’
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 June 2009
State media praises Shanghai gays
BBC News, Beijing
China’s first gay pride festival has been praised in the state media in a significant shift from the previous attitude to such events.
The festival was described in the China Daily newspaper as an event of “profound significance” and a “showcase of the country’s social progress”.
Film screenings, discussions and parties are being held as part of the week long festival in Shanghai. Continue reading ‘BBC: State media praises Shanghai gays’
Published 28 May 2009
Tags: politics, press
28 May 2009
‘Intolerance’ can bring a nation down
That poses the biggest threat to S’pore, says Prof Koo in apparent reference to Aware saga
By Jeremy Au Yong
INTOLERANCE, not the economic crisis, poses the biggest threat to Singapore, Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee (Tanjong Pagar GRC) warned in Parliament yesterday.
While the economic slump will pass, religious and racial bigotry could bring about Singapore’s downfall, he said during the debate on the President’s Address at the opening of the new session of Parliament. Continue reading ‘ST: ‘Intolerance’ can bring a nation down’
Source: Website – Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific
Date: Not precisely dated, probably July 2008
Indonesia: Anti-gay campaign sweeps Jakarta
According to Rido Triawan, the chairperson of Arus Pelangi (“Rainbow Current”), an Indonesian LGBTI rights organisation, a new anti-gay and lesbian campaign is sweeping Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, in the wake of hysterical media coverage about a so-called “Gay mutilation murder case”.
Verry Idam Henyansyah, better known as “Ryan” confessed to the murder and mutilation of a gay man, Heri Santoso, in Jakarta a few weeks ago. He has subsequently confessed to 10 other murders. Continue reading ‘Indonesia: Anti-gay campaign sweeps Jakarta’
2 June 2008
Should identity of HIV patient be revealed?
SINCE 1992, the identities of persons living with HIV have been protected under the Infectious Diseases Act, although they can be named if they are charged in court.
Over the years, there have been a few reports. But, what about putting their photos in the media?
It is a big grey area, going by what professionals in the legal, medical and media industry told Today. Continue reading ‘Should identity of HIV patient be revealed?’