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1967: THE YEAR SINGAPOREAN MEN FEARED FOR THEIR PENISES

A Singapore Medical Journal article, written by 10 local doctors in 1969, said Koro is "a disease characterised by the sudden delusion of penis retracting, accompanied by intense panic". Koro first gained public attention on Oct 29, 1967, after a newspaper report that some people developed Koro from eating pork from pigs inoculated with anti-swine-fever vaccine. Rumours spread that eating such pork would cause the disease - and death. At the height of the outbreak, 97 men with Koro went to the emergency unit of the Singapore General Hospital in one day. The article said the spike in the number of cases, the rapidity of "spread" and the concentration of cases pointed to an "epidemic" in the real sense. In November 1967, public announcements were made by the Singapore Medical Association and the Health Ministry, stating that Koro was a result of fear and not a physical disease with fatalities.

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Christian leaders must draw ‘clear line’ on Lawrence Khong issue

I would urge all Singapore Christian leaders to reassess if they would continue to let Lawrence Khong represent the faith. This is a pastor who claims that magic and illusions is God's work and that it is the Creator's way of speaking to us. This is a pastor who wears an Armani suit to deliver a sermon and proudly tells the congregation that God has plans for him to be a celebrity star (hence the need to wear branded) so that he can spread Jesus' teachings. This is a pastor who sacked a heavily pregnant staff and refused to compensate her just because she did not “repent” in a certain manner that he wanted her to. This is a pastor that leads a church whose members go around smashing Taoist idols and Chinese ancestral tablets after they converted someone. Is this what Jesus preached? "To love one another as I have loved you."

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HAVE YOU TRIED COFFEE WITH BUTTER?

Located at Block 10 on North Bridge Road is Heap Seng Leong, a traditional coffeehouse whose authenticity in both its decor and coffee has made it an important icon in understanding the beginnings of Singapore’s coffee history.

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WHAT ABOUT ROY NGERNG?

Even then Roy exaggerated. PM Lee's lawyers had sent him a cease and desist letter, which said that PM Lee would sue Roy if he did not apologize and remove his offending post. Roy used the opportunity to muddy the water even more by saying he was being sued. If Roy really was being sued there and then the lawyer's letter would have just said we will see you in court instead of basically giving Roy a way out to avoid going to court by apologizing etc. Roy did post an apology as asked. But in the same breathe he also called for Singaporeans to attend the Return our CPF protest on June 7 and announced that he will continue to fight for all of us.

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GAY CATHOLIC: I AM ACCEPTED BY MY CHURCH

To all the bigots who used the bible as an instruction booklet for hating and discriminating us, shame on you. Your actions are akin to forging your parents signature to get what you want but can't. Stop yourselves from the greatest sin of all, stop hating god's creation and telling his children what is wrong or right; God is the judge, we have no rights.

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A CATHOLIC’S RESPONSE TO DR VINCENT WIJEYSINGHA

This however does not mean that we shun this extra-special people away. We still have to treat them justly as how we would treat anyone else. I belief that The Most Reverend William Goh is Sincere in his letter "that the Catholic church regarded each individual, regardless of their sexual orientation as being a child of God, “and is therefore worthy of love and respect”, and that the church also discouraged discrimination of any kind." Although some may not be as hospitable to the LGBT ppl, but however, this "some" does not represent the Catholic diocese of Singapore, those who are obedient to the Bishop are the people to represent the Catholics.

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THE CONSERVATIVES MARCH ON

The LGBTQ lobby used the annual Pink Dot to address 377A and acceptance of the LGBTQ community in society. Numbers at the event reflect its growing support. They however do not dominate the discourse as yet and the conservatives are raising their voices and backing each other up, not seen since the casino debate even. The PAP government would then become like other governments in the West, to maintain status quo until it becomes clear as a policy what the majority wants purely as a vote-pleasing exercise. Until then, the LGBTQ and the conservatives would try to outshout each other to give the impression that they represent the majority, and lobby for their interests.

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PASTOR: CHURCH MUST WORK WITH LIKE-MINDED GROUPS TO OPPOSE PINK DOT!

Last month, the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law held a book launch for Mobilising Gay Singapore, which was written by law professor Lynette Chua. Citing the launch, Mr Khong said: “Every pastor should read this (book) to find out what our premier university is promoting. It’s clear the LGBTs in Singapore have been strategising for some 20 years to normalise homosexuality in our nation.”

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TOP 7 COMMON RELATIONSHIP MISTAKES GAY MEN MAKE

Open Relationships: While we may want to live interesting and experimental lives, the biggest mistake a Gay couple can make is having an open one. You would assume that what you have is enough to make it work, but when you feel like you need more than what you have, it borders problems. You and your partner risk the trouble of falling in love with someone else, having chemistry he might prefer over yours, or risk putting the whole relationship out to dry. While threesomes may be a bit more optional, Open relationships just don’t seem to be the way to go about things and is probably the number one reason Gay relationships don’t work. Sometimes when a relationship doesn’t work its time to move on. Don’t recycle something you’re not going to use again and use OPEN as an excuse.

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