As it’s been a while since the last Global News Roundup, I’ve got plenty of stories today that relate to (or that are likely to interest) LGBT youth and their allies.
Today’s Global News Roundup also embeds three videos, and it links to even more.
A challenge to Singapore’s longstanding criminalization of private homosexual conduct can proceed, the country’s highest court has ruled.
In the video above, you can watch a brave teenager, Melissa Tsang, discuss the law and its significance to LGBT youth in schools. The video is from a live TV segment in Singapore last month. (Ms. Tsang starts speaking about 2 minutes and 29 seconds in.)
My comments on the video, posted last month, are here.
For a compelling explanation of the harms that sodomy laws inflicted on LGBT people in the United States (prior to the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the laws in 2003), see this 2003 article by Joseph Landau in The New Republic.
As many readers know, Madonna last week kept an important promise–made earlier this year–to defy a law in St. Petersburg, Russia, that bans “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderness among minors.” Though some LGBT-equality advocates regret that she showed up at all (saying she should have instead boycotted the city), I join those who thank her for keeping her promise.
While many media outlets have already covered the basic story, I’d like to emphasize a couple points that haven’t received much attention in the press. But first, for those who haven’t heard much about what’s been going on, let’s take a look at the law at issue–and watch a clip of Madonna’s fantastic civil disobedience on stage.
Posted by MK on 7/11/12
In a panel discussion broadcast on live television in Singapore–where homosexual sexual activity is illegal–a brave teenager challenged education officials to provide clearer answers on how they would support LGBT youth.