NUS was alerted to them by one ex-student and two current students, who expressed concern after seeing what they said were two posts by Associate Professor Khairudin Aljunied, who lectures in NUS’ Malay Studies department. The latter updated his Facebook page on 20 February with a status that, among other things, likened lesbianism to “cancers” that must be stopped “in their tracks”. >>>
Facebook has 1.2 billion users – and now it has nearly as many gender categories to match. The social media website unveiled a new feature today that allows users to jettison male or female and describe themselves by dozens of “gender” labels. >>>
The Indian Psychiatric Society's immediate past president, Dr Indira Sharma, ruffled countless plumes and feathers on Monday describing homosexuality as "unnatural" - a repetition of her statement three days ago at the society's annual meet where she said homosexuals uncomfortable with their sexuality should seek psychiatric help. >>>
As the world observes the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly, John Ryan Mendoza laments that there is still a long and torturous road for its full realization especially among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Muslim Mindanao, where extra-judicial killings and gender-based violence continue to be poorly reported, thereby not addressed.
After several weeks of buildup, the groups who oppose same sex-marriage in Taiwan descended by the busload on Taipei today for a large protest as the government mulls legal revisions that would make same-sex unions possible. Based on the language that had been used to date, I expected bigotry — and they certainly delivered. In fact, in terms of the magnitude of their intolerance, they showed their true colors.
It’s just a day after the Pride Rally. The sexual minority community from far and near danced with gay abandon and shouted slogans in their attractive attires even as sparkling rainbow colours set the mood for members of sexual minorities to come out of the closet and indulge in a public show of affection and togetherness on Sunday to create awareness among the public and especially families of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. >>>
You can tell homophobia has gotten out of control when even handshakes between men are scrutinized for being “gay.” In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one man stands trial after being accused of giving a gay handshake to a colleague, reports The Huffington Post UK. >>>
Some reports estimate that there could be 10,000 dead in the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) devastated the country. A series of blogs by Jim Solouki blames the Filipinos for the catastrophe which he attributed to the Filipinos' tolerating homosexuality, prostitution, and Catholicism. >>>
The mum of a transgender Auckland child is unmoved by the worried criticism, the eyebrows being raised over teacups and the plain old fashioned hatred that have met the media coverage of her son’s journey.