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Singapore protests an LGTB event co-organized by the US embassy

Bangkok, May 19 (EFE).- Singapore’s government protested Wednesday an event on the rights of the LGBT community co-organized by the United States embassy in the city-state, where homosexuality is punishable by jail.

Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a Wednesday statement that “foreign missions must not interfere in internal social and political affairs, including issues on how to address sexual orientation in public policy.”

The protest referred to a webinar held Monday, which coincided with the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, organized together with the Oogachaga group in favor of LGTB rights under the title “The economic argument for LGBT Equality: Exploring Global Trends.”

The government said in the statement that these “options should only be debated and decided by Singaporeans.”

Despite public promises by government agencies not to criminally prosecute male homosexuality, Section 377A of the country’s penal code has prevailed since 1938 despite being infrequently used.

Section 377A criminalizes sexual or “indecent” acts between men, whether in the public or private sphere, to whom it grants a maximum sentence of two years in prison, but does not criminalize lesbianism.

In March 2020, Singapore’s High Court rejected three petitions to repeal Section 377A denouncing the law’s unconstitutionality. EFE

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