Anything and everything about gay life anywhere in the world, especially Asia, other than Thailand.
The nephew of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and grandson of the city state‘s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, and his boyfriend Heng Yirui were married in South Africa two days ago. The youngest Lee came out as gay some time ago. Surprisingly in a city where sex between men remains illegal as a result of the old British colonial anti-sodomy law known as Section 377A, there was remarkably little fuss of the sort that can often happen in Singapore when LGBT issues are aired. The annual Pink Dot celebration - held in lieu of a Gay Pride Parade which is banned - has had all manner of legal restrictions thrown at it. But it still manages to go ahead and draw up to 20,000 gay men and women and their supportive families.
Very much anti anything that would upset social harmony, Lee Kuan Yew was not disposed to give any ground by killing the law. His Prime Minister son eventually stated the law would stay but not be enforced. In other words he agreed the law is an ass!!
Even his father mellowed in his later years - perhaps as a result of learning his grandson was gay.
In 2007, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister said, “This business of homosexuality. It raises tempers all over the world, and even in America. If in fact it is true, and I’ve asked doctors this, that you are genetically born a homosexual because that is the nature of genetic random transmission of genes. You can’t help it. So why should we criminalise it?
But there is such a strong inhibition in all societies – Christianity, Islam, even the Hindu, Chinese societies. And we’re now confronted with a persisting aberration, but is it an aberration? It’s a genetic variation.
So what do we do? I think we pragmatically adjust…”
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Good quote from the founding Prime Minister of Singapore.