Breaking: Challenge to Anti-Gay Singapore Law Will Proceed

LGBT youth ally Melissa Tsang speaks up

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.)

LGBT youth ally Melissa Tsang speaks up
Melissa Tsang on TV last month

My comments on the video, posted last month, are here.

An article about the new Singapore court ruling is available 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.


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Scene in St. Pete’s: Thoughts on Madonna, Boycotts, Human Rights, and Russia’s Youth

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.

Read the full post and see a video clip of the concert