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Singapore’s gay pride event forges ahead despite opposition

The organisers of Singapore’s annual gay pride rally vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with an online event after nearly 30,000 people signed a petition demanding restrictions and called the content “immoral”. The Pink Dot rally has been held since 2009, under stringent public assembly laws, at a park in Singapore […].

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singapore: LGBT+ approach top court to overturn anti-gay law

Singaporean gay activists have turned to the country’s highest court to overturn a colonial-era anti-gay law, a lawyer said on Wednesday, after they failed in a legal challenge this week. Singapore’s High Court on Monday rejected petitions from three gay men who challenged the law, which punishes same-sex acts between men. Offenders can be jailed for […]

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

Singapore: Anti-gay law upheld by court

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court today upheld a law that criminalises sex between men, dismissing three appeals that argued it was unconstitutional, although prosecutions under the law are rare. The ruling follows challenges last year to the colonial-era law, a thorny issue in the socially conservative city-state, where repeal efforts failed in 2014, though activists were […]

Singapore: Disney cuts lesbian kiss from ‘Star Wars’

Singapore: Disney cuts lesbian kiss from ‘Star Wars’

Disney has cut a lesbian kiss from the latest Star Wars movie – one of the top Christmas films – Singapore’s media regulator said on Tuesday, so that more children can watch it. The two minor female characters embrace, but do not kiss, in the version of The Rise of Skywalker shown in Singapore, local […]

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

Singapore: Activists challenge anti-gay law after India ruling

(Reuters) – Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era anti-gay law, since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used [anti-gay law] was unconstitutional. The law does not apply to lesbians.

Singapore: Court to hear legal challenges on anti-gay ban

Singapore: Court to hear legal challenges on anti-gay ban

As a Singapore court prepares to hear a series of legal challenges to [an anti-gay law] LGBT+ activists on Tuesday called for the “right” verdict to be delivered, so similar reforms can be triggered across other parts of Asia. Like many other former British colonies, Singapore has retained an old [anti-gay law] which was scrapped […]

Singapore: LGBT+ people ‘more fearful’ after HIV data leak

Singapore: LGBT+ people ‘more fearful’ after HIV data leak

A major leak of the confidential data of 14,200 people with HIV in Singapore could hamper a fight against new infections among LGBT+ people in the city-state, campaigners said on Tuesday. The health ministry said on Monday that an American, who lived in the country previously, disclosed online the details of 5,400 Singaporeans, and 8,800 […]

Singapore: Reviewing adoption law after gay father adopts son

Singapore: Reviewing adoption law after gay father adopts son

(Reuters) – Singapore is looking to strengthen its adoption laws, after a gay man won an appeal to legally adopt his biological son, in a landmark court ruling last year, its social affairs minister said on Monday. The man, after learning he was unlikely to be able to adopt a child in Singapore as a […]

Singapore: Court allows gay man to adopt son in landmark ruling

Singapore: Court allows gay man to adopt son in landmark ruling

(Reuters) – Singapore’s high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost a year after his initial bid was rejected. The decision overturns a 2017 ruling, in which a court said the man could not adopt the boy because he […]

Singapore: Survey shows majority still support anti-gay law

Singapore: Survey shows majority still support anti-gay law

(Reuters) – A slim majority of Singaporeans still support a law that bans gay sex, an online survey showed on Monday, amid renewed debate on whether the city-state should follow India’s footsteps, and scrap similar British colonial-era legislation. Previous legal challenges to overturn the ban failed, but a prominent Singapore diplomat called on the gay […]