Tag: LGBT

Andrea’s story: How Singapore’s first transgender model is blazing the trail for others

Singapore—Andrea Razali is by all accounts a beautiful woman. But Andrea, since she is commonly referred to only by her first name, also carries the distinction of being the country’s first transgender model. She is also a multi-hyphenate— as the 28-year-old is a model-businesswoman-makeup...

Indonesia ministries ban pregnant, LGBT job seekers: report

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT job hunters in favour of what one called "normal" applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as "arbitrary and hateful restrictions" by a rights group. The report comes as the world's biggest Muslim majority country takes applications...

“With Section 377A, gay and bisexual men are doubly criminalised”—lawyer for repeal argues

Singapore—The third legal challenge to Section 377A of the Penal Code, which is Singapore’s colonial-era law that criminalize acts of “gross indecency” between males, was also heard in chambers by Justice See Kee Oon on Monday, November 18. This challenge was filed by Dr Tan...

Lawyers fighting for 377A repeal: sexual orientation cannot be willfully changed

Singapore—In the second legal challenge to Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between males, lawyers who are arguing for the colonial-era law to be repealed say that sexual orientation is the result of environmental and genetic factors, and therefore cannot be...

Netflix ‘skip sex button’ anyone?

A call by Malaysia's National Film Development Corporation (Finas) CEO Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri to regulate Netflix and censor sex scenes has become an idea for a 'skip sex' button. At first, the Finas CEO said parents are worried because their children watch uncensored movies and TV shows on...

New Taiwanese series set in Singapore centers around high-flying lesbian romance

Singapore—“Handsome Stewardess” the latest in director Zero Chou’s Six Cities Rainbow Project, is set in Singapore and features not only a love story between two women —a karate champion and a flight attendant—but also the daily struggles in the life of a stewardess. Ms Chou...

What do we tell the kids? Children’s TV struggles with LGBTQ characters

by Fiachra GIBBONS Once upon a time in children's television land frogs were kissed but princesses only ever married princes. Now Prince Charming might just as easily ride off into the sunset with another man, as happens in the hit new Hulu cartoon series, "The Bravest...

Mom hires hitmen to kill homosexual son in Indonesia

Indonesia has been rocked by the gruesome murder of a man who was killed by a group of hitmen hired by his own mother to execute him because of his sexual orientation. The mother allegedly told the hitmen to kill her son because she believed her...

Possible ban on pre-marital sex in Indonesia results in Australians cancelling holiday plans to Bali

Fear of being arrested over new laws outlawing sex before marriage has resulted in many Australians cancelling holidays to Bali. The new laws would make consensual sex between unmarried adults a crime in Indonesia, and it does not recognise same-sex marriage outlawing all LGBT liaisons but also unmarried...

Supermodel Cara Delevingne ties the knot with Ashley Benson

Just weeks after the couple sparked engagement rumours, supermodel Cara Delevingne married her long-time girlfriend Ashley Benson. 26-year-old Cara and 29-year-old Ashley got hitched in an Elvis-themed ceremony at the Little Las Vegas chapel earlier this year based on reports by The Sun on Sunday. Charlize...