When Singapore's most famous drag queen (finally) came out as gay this week, many gay men and women dismissed his acknowledgement as being insignificant and superfluous since "everyone" already knew. Otto Fong argues that his coming out should be seen as important if the gay community wants the public acknowledgement and the respect that comes with it. >>>
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Singapore face oppression, both societal and institutionalized. There are also many groups in Singapore working to raise awareness about LGBT rights, though. One of the most prominent of those groups is Pink Dot Singapore, which was formed in 2008. On Saturday, the group will hold its third mass public gathering at Hong Lim Park, which was designated the Singapore’s Speaker’s Corner in 2000, making it a safe zone for free speech and demonstrations.
A gay themed film which received a Golden Globe Award, many Academy Award nominations, and critical acclaim has been classed as pornography by the bigots in the country’s film censorship unit. The Board of Film Censors, an organisation that should not exist in the 21st century, has rated “The Kids Are Alright” at R21, effectively calling it pornography. They say it promotes and normalizes a “homosexual lifestyle,” and should be restricted.
On 6 May 2011 the delegation of Singapore appeared before the UPR working group to discuss its human rights record. The delegation was headed by Mr Ong Keng Yong, the ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was joined by representatives from the ministries of health, law, home affairs, and community development. Throughout the dialogue he reiterated Singapore's principle to only ratify conventions and international human rights treaties that it knows it has the capacity to implement. >>>
Political parties in Singapore for the first time respond to a joint letter sent by seven members of the LGBT community in Singapore requesting a clarification of their position on selected issues of interest to LGBT Singaporeans. >>>