LGBT activist and retired GP Roy Tan files new court challenge against Section 377A


An activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, who is a retired general practitioner, has filed a new court challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code, a law that criminalises sex between men, arguing that it is unconstitutional. Dr Tan Seng Kee, 61, better known as Roy Tan, was the main organiser of the first Pink Dot event in 2009 advocating LGBT rights. He is represented by lawyer M. Ravi from Carson Law Chambers, who filed the case in the High Court last Friday (Sept 20). The Attorney-General (A-G) has been listed as the defendant. Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between men and the offence carries up to a two-year jail term.

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