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SINGAPORE - Dec 1, 2006
HIV/AIDS is hitting Asia in a big way, and MSM are now bearing the brunt of it. Dr Tan Chong Kee urges all MSM to ask ourselves what we can do to stop the spread of HIV among the community.
In July 2004, Dr Bates Gill, the Freeman Chair in China Studies from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, testified to the Asia and the Pacific subcommittee of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on International Relations. He entitled his testimony “The Coming ‘Second Wave’: HIV/AIDS in Asia.”
When Dr Gill sounded that alarm more than two years ago, HIV/AIDS among Asian MSM (men who have sex with men) was not considered a serious issue. He made no mention of it in his testimony. In just two short years, the situation has completely changed. HIV infections among MSM in many parts of Asia are now showing a sharp rise.
Dr Gill states that: “The center of gravity of the global epidemic is shifting perceptibly eastward from Africa and increasingly affects Eurasia.” This shift that Dr Gill noticed is now in full swing. The most recent update released by UNAIDS, published on 21 November 2006, show that South and Southeast Asia is now in second place behind only Africa with a total of 860,000 new infections in one year, and about 7.8 million persons living with HIV/AIDS. Let’s take the smaller figure of 860,000 and think what it means. It means almost one new infection every 36 seconds. By the time you’ve read this far, two more people have already become HIV+ somewhere in South and Southeast Asia.
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Thursday, November 30, 2006
HONGKONG - Oct 17, 2006
Hong Kong's government on Monday caved in to a challenge against its age of consent laws for gays, effectively lowering the age of consent for homosexuals from 21 to 16 to match laws regarding heterosexuals.
Under former legislation, gay men under 21 were subject to life imprisonment for having sex whereas heterosexual could start having sex five years earlier.
In a short statement, the Security Bureau said it would not seek to reverse the court's decision.
"After considering all the relevant factors, the government decided not to appeal the judicial review," it read.
The courts stated definitively that laws against sodomy infringed on the rights of privacy and equality for homosexual citizens.
“At one stage, societal values dictated that buggery was some form of unnatural act, somehow to be condemned and certainly not condoned. These values have changed in Hong Kong,” Chief Judge Geoffrey Ma said in the judgment.“I cannot see any justification for either the age limit of 21, or, in particular, for the different treatment of male homosexuals compared with heterosexuals,” Judge Ma said.
SINGAPORE - Nov 9, 2006
The Singapore government is considering changes to its antique British colonial laws that have criminalized oral and anal sex between consenting adults. But only heterosexual citizens will be allowed to suck and fuck ass under the new revisions.
Homosexuals and bisexuals (about 50% of Singaporean society) would remain subject to penalties, including life imprisonment, for "doin' what comes natur'lly."
Britain, which seeded this legal mess across the lands it conquered and bent to its will, has already repealed its own statutes and allows its citizens to freely go down on each other and knock at the back door any time they like.
Citing the dumb mantra that Singaporeans are backward and unable to think intelligently, the government has once again kowtowed to religious minorities and bigots to maintain irrational prejudice and criminalize common recreations for hundreds of thousands of its citizens.It remains to be seen if the local gay community can stop partying for a few minutes and make a stand for equal rights under their own laws.
"The folk wisdom that Filipinos are a gay-friendly people must have first been mouthed by a wide-eyed tourist one lazy orange afternoon, assaulted by the vision of flamboyant transvestites sashaying down Manila’s busy sidewalks in broad daylight. Swiveling their hips from side to side, nothing seemed to threaten these chirping damsels except their heavy pancake makeup, which could run at any moment under the sweltering tropical sky."View the complete article here.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
What follows is a text lifted from Lagablab:
A battle to pass a human rights measure penalizing discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders is raging in the House of Representatives, where the incumbent Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights, Rep. Bienvenido Abante (6th Distict, Manila City), is ironically blocking the bill’s passage. In a controversial speech delivered last Monday, Rep. Abante, who is also a Baptist pastor, charged that the enactment of the bill would invite the wrath of God and would mean “death to the most cherished Filipino values of Godliness and moral rectitude.”
In his speech, entitled “Rejecting a Culture of Death,” Rep. Abante said that the bill is against the equal protection clause of the Constitution because it gives undue preference to lesbians and gays.
Rep. Abante, using boxers Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales as examples, wrongly explained:
Please allow me to illustrate for purposes of clarity. Let us imagine a scenarioHe also said that LAGABLAB, which openly called for Rep. Abante’s resignation as the Chair of the human rights committee, is still loved by God: “Mr. Speaker, I was told that the Lagablab Organization has declared an open war against me. That they will even campaign hard against me in my district. That I might not be voted upon. Huwag naman, Mr. Speaker. Hindi ko sila kaaway, Mr. Speaker. (I hope not, Mr. Speaker. They are not my enemies). But you know what, even if the Lagablab group has declared an open war against me, I declare to them the love of God because God loves them very much, Mr. Speaker.
in a workplace, there are two persons whom we may call Pacquiao, as a straight
male, and the other, Morales, as a homosexual. Both Manny and Morales are
eligible for a job promotion. Their supervisor whom we may call Arum hates
homesexuals and thus, chooses Pacquiao to go up the corporate ladder. Under
House Bill No. 634, Morales could pursue charges against the supervisor, and the
latter maybe penalize for his personal preference in favor of the straight male.
However, let us try to reverse the situation at this particular example. What if
the supervisor chooses Morales, the homosexual, over Pacquiao, the straight guy?
Does Pacquiao who was discriminated against in this instance, have a cause of
action against the supervisor? Under House Bill No. 634, there is no pain of
penalty against the biased supervisor.
He questioned “the constitutionality of the bill on moral grounds. The Philippine Constitution, beginning with its Preamble and Sections 12 and 13 in Article II, including a full article about the family in Article XV, is replete with provisions that guarantee the sanctity of the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation and the development of moral character. Perhaps it should be interesting to note for your information, that when American society defines a family, they define a family as two persons and a pet. Is that how the Filipino culture defines a family, Mr. Speaker?” asked Rep. Abante.
Rep. Abante likewise liberally quoted controversial feminist Camille Paglia to demonize homosexuality: “Let me share with you, the observations lesbian activist Camille Paglia offered and I quote, ‘Homosexuality is not normal.’ That’s what she said and she is a lesbian activist, Mr. Speaker. ‘On the contrary, it is a challenge to the norm. Nature exists, whether academics like it or not and in nature, procreation is that single relentless rule that is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction. No one is born gay.’ She said that ‘the idea is ridiculous. Homosexuality is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.’”
Ironically, after claiming that the homosexual lifestyle is an infection from the West, Rep. Abante had no qualms about promoting homophobia through the Christian doctrine, which was introduced to the Philippines through its colonizers from the “West,” Spain and the United States.
Rep. Abante lifted several passages from the Bible. “If I may quote, Genesis, Chapter I, when it spoke of creation, the Bible says, “Male and female created Eden.” I do not find in the Bible that God created male and female and the in-betweens. Mr. Speaker, I find in the Bible that God created Adam and Eve. I do not find in the Bible that God created Adam and Steve,” said Rep. Abante.
With a thunderous voice, he warned Congress against inviting the wrath of God by approving the bill. “We cannot legislate on these. To abet sin and ungodliness is to invite the wrath of God upon ourselves and our God-loving nation,” cautioned Rep. Abante.
“It has been written, Romans 1:18, 27-28 ‘For the wrath of God’, and what is the ‘wrath of God’? That is more than anger, Mr. Speaker, ‘is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men . . . for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves the recompense of their error which was meet.’,” Rep. Abante added.
He said that even in Islam, homosexuality is not acceptable. “if the homosexual is married, he or she is stoned to death, while if single, he or she is whipped 100 times,” Rep. Abante said.
To the delight of his followers, Rep. Abante said that no one should go against God. “Mr. Speaker, my being a male is not my choice, that was Divine choice. Women being women is not their choice, that is Divine choice, and no human being has the right to go against God’s choice, Mr. Speaker,” claimed Rep. Abante.
For his privilege speech, Rep. Abante mobilized Christian and Catholic organizations, among them the Holy Cross Parish, Holy Spirit Parish, the Ascension Parish, San Roque Parish from Diocese of Caloocan, the Alliance of Familes, the “Bible Mode” of the Believers League for Morality and Democracy and the Alliance of Baptist Councils and the International Baptist Missionary Association, Christian Leaders for Good Governance, the PCEC and the Baptist Bible Fellowship of the Philippines. COURAGE, an organization of ex-gays, was also present during his privilege speech. All in all, Rep. Abante claimed that there were more than 200 individuals present in the chamber, representing around 35, 000 churches around the country.
Rep. Abante warned fellow legislators that “our churches all over the country have decided to come together as one to rebuke public officials who would in any way support” bills like the Anti-Discrimination Bill.
After lambasting the Anti-Discrimination Bill, the solon proceeded to demonize the Responsible Parenthood Bill, a reproductive rights measure that seeks to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Filipinos. He called the bill anti-family and warned that condoms and sex education for young Filipinos would promote sexual promiscuity and decadence.
Rep. Abante was interpellated by several legislators (we will post the transcript of the debate instigated by Abante’s speech later). The authors of the bill, AKBAYAN Reps. Etta Rosales, Mayong Aguja, and Risa Hontiveros decided against “dignifying Abante’s bigotry,” bu the latter made a manifestation to express AKBAYAN’s objection to Abante’s homophobia.
Read more about the shameful privilege speech of Rep. Abante here.
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