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n this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Lakshmi Tripathi, a transgender activist delivers a speech during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality, in New Delhi, India. Gay-rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Activists: Ruling on gays hurts HIV fight in India

By Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:11AM UTC Comments Off n this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Lakshmi Tripathi, a transgender activist delivers a speech during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality, in New Delhi, India. Gay-rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Gay-rights activists and health workers in India are warning that a new Supreme Court ruling criminalizing homosexuality will undo years of progress in fighting AIDS by driving gay and transgender people underground. They say HIV services expanded and gay and transgender people became more likely to seek them out after a...

Opinion: Should Singapore’s Section 377A be ‘trimmed’?

By Sun, Feb 24, 2013 11:14PM UTC Comments Off The gay community in tightly controlled Singapore held its first-ever 'Pink Dot' rally in 2009. It is still fighting for equality. Pic: AP.

With two cases challenging Singapore’s anti-gay law pending in the High Court, the country’s Law Minister has met with both LGBT groups and church members to discuss the country’s stance on gay rights. While LGBT advocates want to see Section 377A – which criminalises sex between men – repealed, conservative church leaders insist that it...

Singapore’s Prime Minister says to ‘just leave’ anti-gay law

By Wed, Jan 30, 2013 12:12AM UTC 1 Comment Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Pic: AP.

Section 377A in Singapore’s Penal Code criminalises sex between two men, even if it is consensual. Although the government has promised that it will not be “proactively enforced”, it still means that technically all gay men in Singapore are in danger of becoming criminals, and being prosecuted as such. It means that children in Singapore...

Pastors ignite debate over gay rights in Singapore

By Wed, Jan 23, 2013 2:56AM UTC Comments Off Pastors ignite debate over gay rights in Singapore

It first began with a statement from Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong, the senior pastor of the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), made during a visit by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. During his address, Khong appealed to ESM Goh for the Singapore government to retain Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sexual...

Indian gay rights parade demands greater tolerance

By Sun, Nov 25, 2012 7:08PM UTC Comments Off

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of gay rights supporters are marching through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in India’s deeply conservative society. Dozens of activists Sunday carried a nearly 15-meter- (50-foot-) long, rainbow-colored banner and waved placards demanding that the government extend the scope of anti-discrimination laws...

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