Source: Straits Times
1 Nov 2008
Gay protest to be held at later date
Speakers’ Corner event on Nov 15 postponed to cater to strong response
By Kor Kian Beng
SINGAPORE’s first outdoor gay protest at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park on Nov15 has been postponed to early next year.
Organiser Roy Tan, 50, a Singaporean who initiated the event, yesterday cited the overwhelming response from the gay community as a key reason for the date change.
The event was being postponed ‘to ensure that all interested parties – straight, gay and queer – have the opportunity to participate in this landmark occasion’, he said in a statement e-mailed to the media. Continue reading ‘Gay protest at Hong Lim Park postponed’
Wednesday, 04 June 2008
Source: SX, an online magazine
Hungry For Change
The plight of GLBT people worldwide led Lismore activist Ben Cooper to make some sacrifices of his own, writes Kate Gordon.
There aren’t many causes a young man would consider worth giving up food for four days. Some might do it for a bet; others might forgo sustenance in the first throes of young love.
But for Ben Cooper, a 20-year-old Lismore man, the decision to live on a diet of barley sugar and water for four days had nothing to do with a bet, or a crush. It had nothing, in actual fact, to do with his own life, but more to do with saving the lives of others.
“I embarked on the hunger strike to raise awareness of the plight of gays and lesbians in countries where homosexuality is illegal and to gather support for their rights, and to pressure governments to reform laws,” Cooper says. Continue reading ‘Hungry for change’