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Singapore rejects plan for gay Christmas party (Reuters)
9 Dec, 2004

SINGAPORE (AFP) - A planned Christmas party organised by Asia's most popular gay website is "against the moral values" of most Singaporeans, police said Thursday as they slapped a ban on the festivities.
Police also indicated the future of the Nation Party, one of Asia's biggest annual gay and lesbian festivals held every August, was in jeopardy after complaints about public displays of affection at the last event.

"Police's assessment is that the event is likely to be organised as a gay party which is contrary to public interest in general," a police statement said in regards to the proposed Christmas Day party, called SnowBall.04.

"Singapore is still, by and large, a conservative and traditional society. Hence, the police cannot approve any application for an event which goes against the moral values of a large majority of Singaporeans."

Jungle Media, the Singapore subsidiary of Hong Kong-based fridae.com, had applied to police for a license to organise SnowBall.04 to run all night at a disused nightclub from 9:00 pm on December 25.

The police decision was a shock to fridae.com, which had organised similar Christmas parties in 2002 and 2003 as well as the increasingly successful Nation parties, which have been held since 2001.

"In the four years that we have been working with the police... not once have we been made aware that there was anything illegal about our events," fridae.com's chief executive, Stuart Koe, said in a statement.

But the police said it had banned SnowBall.04 because Jungle Media had previously given assurances the Nation events would not be organised as gay parties.

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