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Spotting Gay Symptoms in Malaysia?
Written by editor   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 02:03

Word of a parenting guide launched in Penang spread quickly on the blogosphere this week. It was apparently unveiled during a seminar that Malaysian Deputy Education Minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi attended.


From Free Malaysia Today:

The guide listed four symptoms each for gays and lesbians:

For gays:

  • Muscular body and a fondness for showing off the body by wearing clothing, such as by wearing V-necks and sleeveless tops
  • A preference for tight and bright coloured clothes
  • An inclination to be attracted to men
  • A tendency to carry big handbags, similar to the kinds used by women

For lesbians:

  • Showing attraction to women
  • Distancing themselves from women other than their girlfriends
  • A preference for hanging out, sleeping and dining with women
  • Absence of feelings for men


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 03:22
 
Section 377A Challenge Can Proceed: Court of Appeal
Written by Indu   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:24

This article is by Indulekshmi Rajeswari, who was the head of M Ravi's legal team in the case.

Today was an absolutely historic day in the fight for LGBT rights in Singapore. The Court of Appeal decided to allow the constitutional challenge against s377A to go ahead, reversing the decision of the High Court.

At around 11am today, the Court of Appeal of Singapore released their decision regarding the hearing that took place almost a year ago, in 2011. I reported on the hearing back then, and it is useful reading for those who wish to know the background on this case.

In the 106-page judgment, the Court of Appeal explained their reasons. The reasons given are more or less consistent with the arguments of the Appellant, Tan Eng Hong. Primarily, the Court of Appeal opined the following:

 
Sayoni's "Airing the Closet" at IndigNation 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:26


Sayoni organised a talk show event on coming out at this year's IndigNation, where invited guests Bian, Caryn and Jin spoke on the topic together with Valerie, our host and moderator. The audience were active participants in the show, coming forward with their own stories and sharing a tapestry of different perspectives.

Here are some notable moments from the evening, seen in quotes from the speakers and participants.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 August 2012 00:48
 
Vietnam's Gay Marriage Debate and a Pride Parade
Monday, 06 August 2012 01:49

In the past few weeks, there's been a good buzz coming from Vietnam. The Associated Press reported on the Justice Ministry's proposal on same-sex couples, and the Justice Minister said some very reasonable words that show a respect for LGBT rights that have never come from our local Singapore ministers.


Even longtime gay rights activists are stunned by the Justice Ministry's proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law. No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it's even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings.

[...]
"It's time for us to look at the reality," Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong said last week in an online chat broadcast on national TV and radio. "The number of homosexuals has mounted to hundreds of thousands. It's not a small figure. ... They may own property. We, of course, have to handle these issues legally."

 
IndigNation 2012: Airing the Closet
Written by editor   
Monday, 30 July 2012 04:02

IndigNation 2012 Event: Airing the Closet

 

What's it like to come out as a gay person in Singapore? How do the themes of our hopes, guilt and silence play out, both in and out of the closet?

Coming out can be painless for some but stressful and even traumatic for others. Through sharing from our guest speakers and the audience in a talk show format, Sayoni hopes to delve into the complexities of how every LGBTQ person reveals their sexual orientation -- for the first time, and each subsequent time -- in the coming out process.

If you're thinking of coming out or have questions or stories of your own to share, come and join us for an evening of chit-chat!

 

Airing the Closet: Our Very Own Chit-Chat

Date: 7 Aug 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 7-10pm

Location: KICKstart BREWiches (50 Armenian Street)

Who's invited: Everyone!

 

Links:

Airing the Closet on Facebook / IndigNation 2012 Facebook page / More IndigNation events

 
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