Tag: Section 377A

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377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between males, lawyers who are arguing for the colonial-era law to be repealed say that sexual orientation is the result of environmental and genetic factors, and therefore cannot be...

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...

Former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong calls for 377A to be repealed, says it is outdated and irrelevant

In a paper he wrote and published with the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), a former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong argued that Section 377A of the Penal Code, the law that criminalises sex between men, should be repealed. His reasons were that S377A is...

Court challenges to 377A scheduled for November, even as amendments to Religious Harmony Act provide better protection for LGBTQ

Singapore— Sayoni, an organization that aims to empower queer women in Asia, has hailed the amendments to Singapore’s Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, which provides for better protection for the LGBTQ community and other vulnerable groups in the country. The group noted that this is...

The Problem with Bum Holes

There seems to be a national obsession with the anus in Singapore. If you want to get a heated discussion going, all you need to do is to mention the fact that in Singapore it remains illegal for two consenting adult men to poke...

ST edits out portion of Pink Dot story that said LHY and family had attended the rally

Singapore—Pink Dot held a very successful rally and concert on June 29, with thousands of attendees coming to Hong Lim Park on the last Saturday of Pride Month, when support for the LGBTQ+ community was seen in big parades and demonstrations all over the...

Pink Dot rebuts PM Lee’s views and invite him to attend the LGBT pride gathering

The campaign team behind Pink Dot, the annual LGBT pride gathering that has taken place in Singapore for over a decade, has invited Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to attend Pink Dot 2019, this Saturday. Pink Dot issued the open invitation after rebutting some comments...

PM Lee: Whatever your sexual orientation, you’re welcome to work in Singapore

Singapore— Are the winds of change blowing over Singapore? Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke up about sexual orientation and Section 377A of the Penal Code, which deem homosexual acts between men illegal, at the Smart Nation Summit at Marina Bay Sands on June 26, Wednesday. The...