Tag: LGBT Issues

Section 377A was originally meant to curb male prostitution, lawyers challenge provision

Singapore—In the challenges to Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code, lawyers who are fighting for the repeal of the provision argued in the High Court on Wednesday, November 13, that the law’s original aim was to prevent the proliferation of male prostitution, and it...

Amid decline in opposition to gay marriage, High Court to hear challenges to Section 377A

Singapore—According to the results of a poll published by the Institute of Policy Studies last May, opposition to same-sex marriage has decreased from 74 percent in 2013 to 60 percent at present. However, how this will factor in the hearings in the High Court on...

Over half of Singaporeans have a negative reaction to a relative coming out as LGBTQ—survey

Singapore — A recent survey showed 53 percent of Singaporean respondents reacting negatively to a hypothetical situation wherein a close family member would come out to them as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. A survey of 887 respondents in Singapore was conducted by Blackbox...

Policymakers ‘in the dark’ on sexual orientation and gender identity: UN

As Pride Month is celebrated this June, one independent expert from the United Nations voiced out concerns that there was very little data surrounding violence and discrimination targeted against the LGBTQ community, and that much of the world “is in the dark” about their...

Wedding of Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson and his boyfriend maybe a watershed moment for LGBT rights in Singapore

Singapore—On Friday, May 24, Li Huanwu, grandson of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, married his boyfriend Heng Yirui in Cape Town, South Africa. In South Africa, same-sex marriages were legalised more than a dozen years ago. Singapore, however, remains subject to Section 377A of...

Lee Hsien Yang on son’s wedding to boyfriend “I believe my father would have been thrilled to know this”

Singapore — Singapore, along with the rest of the world, found out over social media on the afternoon of Friday (May 25) about the wedding of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s nephew Li Huanwu to his boyfriend Heng Yirui at a reserve in Cape...

Desmond Lee warns that gay couples seeking to adopt may find it harder to convince courts after this week’s landmark decision

History was made this week through a landmark decision wherein Singapore’s High Court allowed a doctor to adopt his biological son who had been conceived through a surrogate in the United States. The young boy is now five years old. However, on the heels of...

Muslim clerics claim Section 377A repeal will threaten family values

The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) released a statement on Wednesday, September 19, weighing in on the possible repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code, which states that sexual encounters between males is a criminal act. Pergas’s statement indicated they are...

Of Caning, Hanging and the Criminalising of Gay Sex

By Augustine Low The case of Singapore agreeing not to cane suspected StanChart bank robber David Roach as a condition for extradition by the United Kingdom is an interesting one. It could be a paradox or a peculiarity, or both, depending on how you see it. Singapore’s...

Did the Malaysian paper get it wrong in breaking the ‘gay’ code?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_eZp9lgz3o As opposed to the Malaysian newspaper Sinar Harian's claims that regular gym goers, or mean wearing branded clothes and sporting beards are to be seen as 'gay', the Arab world believes the 'gay' tendencies start with the Malaysian custom of wearing 'silky' clothing. The belief...