This week an LGBT advocate is challenging Singapore’s legal code that criminalizes gay sex, and Britain makes a ruling against trans children.

Gay Sex Ban Challenged in Singapore

In Singapore, LGBT advocate Tan Seng Kee, a 62-year-old retired doctor also known as Roy Tan, is challenging a section of the country’s legal code that criminalizes gay sex, the South China Morning Post reported.

Tan began legal action in Singapore’s High Court last week to challenge the section.

Section 377A, representing a colonial-era law, threatens men with prison time for engaging in gay sex, the South China Morning Post reported.

Gay and bisexual men can face up to two years, though they are not often prosecuted. The section punishes males for “any act of gross indecency with another male person,” according to a government of Singapore website.

Tan plans to argue that Singaporean law is inconsistent, challenging the government to either fully enforce or overturn the law, the South China Morning Post reported.

Tan’s case is expected to be heard by the High Court in 10 months. However, the case will be scrapped if successful at the Court of Appeal.

 

Britain’s High Court Rules Against Trans Children

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Britain’s High Court concluded last week that children under 16 would require court authorization to receive puberty-blocking drugs, Reuters reported.

The ruling determined that those under 16 years old could not give informed consent to treatment.

“There will be enormous difficulties in a child under 16 understanding and weighing up this information and deciding whether to consent to the use of puberty-blocking medication,” according to the High Court’s judgment. “It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers.”

The LGBT Foundation, based in Manchester, received three times as many calls last week compared to the same week last year, Reuters reported. Mermaids, a service offering support to the transgender community, saw a 60% increase in emails.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the defendant in the case, runs the Gender Identity Development Service. GIDS does not plan to make any new referrals to puberty-blocking medications until the impact of the ruling is clear.

“The Court has ruled that there will be a stay on implementation of its judgment until the later of 22 December or the determination of any appeal,” according to the GIDS website. “This will give us a chance to work through the specific implications of the judgment for different patient groups with our partners, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.”


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