14 May '13, 1pm

Singapore Has Its First Gay Magazine Through This Digital Workaround - Tom Benner - The Atlantic

Singapore Has Its First Gay Magazine Through This Digital Workaround - Tom Benner - The Atlantic

A woman dances as she takes part in a Pink Dot Sg event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 30, 2012. About 15,000 people took part in the event to promote acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community in Singapore. (Tim Chong/Reuters) While Western countries debate the merits of gay marriage, countries in Southeast Asia remain far less accepting of homosexuality. "It's really about changing the stereotypes, and changing the community itself." In socially conservative Singapore, where sexual contact between men is still punishable with up to two years' jail time, an online-only magazine targeted to gay men in Asia launched last month, with a second issue due in June. It is something of a test case for media and cultural barriers. For a population that both shows signs of slowly accepting of gay culture, and embraces the digital medi...

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