Gay Christian singing duo Jason and deMarco have been given approval to perform a December show in Singapore as part of an AIDS awareness benefit concert. Two years ago, the duo was stopped from performing in Singapore.
According to Agence France Presse: “…the Media Development Authority (MDA) said it had approved a concert this time because organisers had given assurances that they aimed to highlight the HIV/AIDS issue. ‘In 2005, a similar concert featuring the pop duo was disallowed because the concert was open to general members of the public,’ the MDA’s deputy director for arts and licensing, Amy Tsang, said in a statement Thursday. She said concert organisers have ‘given the assurance to MDA that the concert is targeted at the high risk groups. The organiser has also assured MDA that the aim of the concert is AIDS education and HIV prevention,’ she said.”
Singapore recently voted to uphold a ban on gay sex in the country, which remains punishable by two years in prison.