Singapore Authorities Deny Permit for AIDS Benefit Concert, Say Featuring Gay Couple in Show Not in "Public Interest"
March 24, 2005
Singapore's Media Development Authority has turned down a permit for an AIDS benefit concert scheduled for April 3 and organized by the Christian group Safehaven, saying that the show would not be in the "public interest" because the main performers are a gay couple, Singapore's Straits Times reports (Lim, Straits Times, 3/23). Safehaven had planned to feature the Los Angeles-based Christian gay pop duo Jason & deMarco, according to Reuters. However, MDA in a statement said, "Based on the duo's Web site and reports of their performances in the United States, it is assessed that their performance will promote a gay lifestyle, which would be against the public interest." Safehaven said that the concert would raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men, according to Reuters (Wong, Reuters, 3/23).
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