News Round-Up: March 30, 2020

Ryan Worley of the Chippendales (photo: Noel Photo Studios)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Ryan Worley of the Chippendales (above) says he’s missing performing in the long-running Las Vegas production asking, “Who wants to save a horse?” #RideACowboy

The Advocate: According to a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of anti-LGBTQ hate groups is continuing to rise. In 2018, there were 49 groups classified as an LGBTQ hate group. In 2019, that number increased 43 percent to 70 anti-LBTQ hate groups.

Entertainment Weekly: Andy Cohen will continue to host Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, coronavirus be damned. Bravo announced Monday that new episodes of the late-night talk show will begin airing Monday at 11 p.m. ET direct from Cohen’s New York City apartment via video chats with his guests.

NowThis: Watch the hilarious way sportscasters are passing the time while they’re out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic by calling play-by-play of daily tasks.

NewNowNext: Singapore’s High Court has ruled against a challenge to the country’s law criminalizing gay sex, which punishes the act with up to two years in prison. Justice See Kee Oon rejected arguments against Section 377A of the penal code, which not only punishes men who have sex with other men, but also anyone who aids in or attempts to participate in, such an act.  Justice See argued the law “serves the purpose of safeguarding public morality by showing societal moral disapproval of male homosexual acts.”

Daily Beast: A new survey conducted by Ipsos provides some of the clearest evidence to date that the president’s attempts to paint a rosy picture about the coronavirus’ spread throughout the country are not resonating beyond a small segment of the populace with a small exception for those who say they’re getting their information from Fox News.

Buzzfeed: Click over for a collection of some of the best of gay Twitter including…

Singapore: Pink Dot 2015 “Where Love Lives”

Yesterday, Singapore celebrated the 7th Annual Pink Dot gay rights rally in Hong Lim Park.

Celebrating the capacity for love which lives within Singapore as well as all Singaporeans, Pink Dot aims to help build a kinder and more inclusive Singapore.

Paerin Choa, spokesman for the event, spoke of the challenges the LGBT community has recently encountered, including a court decision to uphold a law criminalizing sexual acts between men. The government of Singapore continues to insist that Singapore society is conservative, and not ready to embrace full LGBT rights.

As night fell, per tradition, the record setting 28,000 attendees lit their pink torches to form an enormous, living pink dot in a show of solidarity and love.

The Pink Dot campaign’s annual video reflected on the progress the LGBT community has made in Singapore. Always touching.

Singapore: Pink Dot 2014

What does the freedom to love mean to you? LGBT and straight Singaporeans share their sentiments about Pink Dot and their wish for a more open-minded and inclusive Singapore.

I love the videos that Pink Dot creates each year.  Very joyful, very human.

Pink Dot is a non-profit movement started by a group of individuals who care deeply about the place that LGBT Singaporeans call home. It is a group for everyone, straight and gay, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love. With openness and acceptance, we hope to bring LGBT Singaporeans closer to their family and friends.

For more about Singapore’s Pink Dot celebration, click here.