There is growing concern among gay activists in the Philippines that the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 signed into law this month by President Benigno Aquino III, will unleash a massive wave of extortion, harassment, and suffering by the hands of law enforcement officers and anti-gay groups.
ProGay – The Progressive Organization of Gays claims the Republic Act 10175 contains some rather vague provisions which could criminalize a wide array of shared electronic activity and communication between consenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. They also feel it will invade their personal privacy like nothing else before.
A really obscenely rich Hong Kong tycoon has, according to media reports, offered a whopping marriage bounty to the man who can win the heart of his daughter – the only problem is, she’s a lesbian and very content with her sexuality.
Cecil Chao launched the financial bounty of of HK$500 million that’s a stonking US$65m, or £40m €50m shortly after his daughter, Gigi, obtained a PACS with girlfriend Sean Eav in France.
‘I don’t mind whether he is rich or poor,’ he said to local media. ‘The important thing is that he is generous and kind-hearted. Gigi is a very good woman with both talents and looks. She is devoted to her parents, is generous and does volunteer work.” He said
The misguided and homophobic 76-year-old shipping magnate rejected ‘false reports’ that his daughter, 33, had married abroad, and said she was still single.
His company Cheuk Nang, whilst claiming to be an equal opportunity employer, as it is required to do by local law, does not have a single system in place which prevents discrimination.
In an interview with Hong Kong City magazine, Chao’s daughter described her father as taking a hands-off approach to parenting.
A feature film about the plight of India’s dalits, or ‘untouchable’ caste, has been banned by the country’s Central Board of Film Certification for portraying the country’s independence campaigner Mahatma Ghandi in a bad light, including calling him gay.
The film board declared that the film Papilio Buddha could not be certified even with major cuts. The board found that the film contained ‘visuals and dialogues denigrating Mahatma Gandhi, such as garlanding the effigy of Gandhiji with [shoes] and then burning the effigy, referring to Gandhiji as a person with homosexual inclination, [and as] cheating [low caste people].’
A first for Malaysia, it has been reported that a gay couple have held what is considered to be the country’s first ever gay wedding celebration. Ngeo Boon Lin, a Malaysian-born pastor and his new husband, African-American music producer Phineas Newborn III, celebrated with a front of a crowd of family members, friends and journalists.
What will reportedly be Taiwan’s first gay Buddhist wedding shall be held in Taoyuan County next month, according to the Taipei Times:
“We are not only doing it for ourselves, but also for other gays and lesbians,” Fish Huang said in a telephone interview.
The 30-year-old … said that marriage never crossed her mind until she saw a movie last year.
The film portrayed two lesbians whose ill-fated relationship concluded after one died and the other was left heartbroken over the denial of spousal benefits.
“It’s so sad,” Huang said, who plans to wed her partner of seven years on Aug. 11 at a Buddhist altar …
There shall be blessings, chants, and lectures from Buddhist masters on marriage. The ceremony won’t be legally binding.
Last week, a group of university students praised Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen for her stance on gender equality, specifically pointing out for admiration Tsai’s promises to protect gay rights. It is of course, election season. Politicians invariably pander to voters by making pledges that are only sometimes carried out. But Tsai may not have ulterior motives. After all, “pandering” to the gay community might not exactly be a vote-getter. Gay people likely make up less than 10 percent of the population and the percentage of local voters with reservations about homosexuality almost certainly outnumber gay voters. Not much is known about its proposals, but the DPP has promised to release a more detailed “white paper” on the subject of the promotion of gay rights before the January presidential election.
News from KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia.
Tue Aug 16, 2011
Getting married on the upcoming anniversary of Malaysia’s independence day on August 31 holds special meaning for the country’s first openly gay pastor, who says he is seeking greater tolerance in this Muslim-majority country.
Malaysia’s only openly gay pastor is urging homosexuals in the mainly Muslim country to "keep coming out" to help battle homophobia, as he gets set to tie the knot with his American partner. Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng is a highly controversial figure who faced outrage and threats when he opened in 2007 the first gay-friendly church in conservative Malaysia, where sexual identity is a hot-button topic.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign said Tuesday that he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group’s far-reaching pledge opposing gay marriage, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to reject it.