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25 Aug 2014

Is Singapore becoming more tolerant despite anti-gay prejudices?

 

Despite a law that criminalizes same-sex relations and anti-gay prejudices, Singapore has over the years shown that it is becoming more tolerant towards the gay community.

“As of late, Singapore’s gay community has been rapidly growing and becoming more visible. Many Singaporeans often boast that their country has the best gay scene in all of Asia!” according togaytravel.com, the major destination travel guide with a gay perspective.

“Every day there are more and more gay venues that are opening their doors and bringing more and more gay life into the thriving community,” it added.

Singapore witnessed its first ever Gay Pride Festival in of 2005 which marked the beginning of a more tolerant country because in the past few decades, same-sex relations were completely unacceptable with reports that gay business owners were allegedly harassed by police.

Now Chinatown is the central hub for the new gay awakening in Singapore. There is the Backstage Bar and the Tantric Bar and Does Your Mother Know for some great drinks and gay brotherhood. There is also the rugged gym-themed bar Locker Room with western bartenders and gym clothes from the ceiling as well as Zouk, a common place for dance.

However, the country is only “tolerant” to gay people and don’t quite accept them yet, the report stressed.

It quoted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as saying that Singapore is a “stable society with traditional, heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their private lives and contribute to society.”

Being a gay person in Singapore is by no means illegal, it is illegal to engage in same-sex relations even though this law is very loosely enforced nowadays,  according to gaytravel.com.

Singapore retains a British colonial-era “Section 377A” law that criminalizes sex between men with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.

Singapore recently witnessed its largest gay-rights rally with 26,000 people attending despite some very vociferous opposition from religious groups.

The government claims it does not actively enforce anti-gay laws and while this may be statistically true, anti-gay prejudices do surface.

Recently, Singapore’s Minister for Families and Social Development Chan Chun Sing publicly reprimanded the US bank Goldman Sachs for giving LGBT in the city-state better employment opportunities.

Singapore’s National Library Board also banned from libraries three children’s books featuring same-sex couples because it thought that these titles were best kept off its shelves as they were unsuitable for children.

Later on the government rescinded and ordered that they instead be placed in the adult section of the public libraries.

Reader's Comments

1. 2014-08-27 00:38  
Hmmmm.... Locker Room closed some time ago now, how "fresh" is that news, so did PLAY. No word on Taboo?

Whoever believes Singapore is the best gay scene in Asia surely didn't leave the country in the past 20 years. Taipei or Bangkok are still light years ahead, even the aging Tokyo still have some energy pumping.

If we could get rid of the cancer that are massage and money boys, things could get a little more healthy here.
Comment #2 was deleted by its author on 2014-08-28 08:10
3. 2014-08-28 04:26  
If there is going to be a change it will take forever, no way is this going to be easy, prejudices will undoubtedly be there and yes it's so unjust that in the 21st century this still exists in a country that is supposed to have developed. Sadly I don't see change on the horizon.
Now which archive was this bit of news dredged from?
4. 2014-08-28 12:59  
Fridae quotes Gay Asia News.
http://gayasianews.com/2014/08/21/singapore-is-becoming-more-tolerant-despite-anti-gay-prejudices/

Gay Asia News quotes GayTravel.
http://www.gaytravel.com/gay-guides/singapore

And GayTravel has an heavily outdated list of bars and description of recent Singapore... Everything looks like it was written in 2010.

Fridae please, remove this "news", thanks.
5. 2014-08-29 02:03  
This is not the first time that Fridae has been heavily critised on being out of date - maybe the editor should be replaced with someone who checks articles before publishing them - isn't that what editors are paid for????
Comment #6 was deleted by its author on 2014-08-30 18:16
7. 2014-08-30 18:11  
Assez d'accord avec toi Julien. Rather agree with, Julien.
8. 2014-08-30 18:18  
Can you see gay, that you look like potential to start fighting each other?
who make all these happened?
- I often see one that was the best should be fired because of majority blaming Him
- One bussiness Owner got report that one was trouble maker and many people hate Him
whereas If The bussines Owner have ability to find the truth, than all those lier can be catched
- Why you gay should involve in this figthting between yourself?
If you know the root case, you will find way on where you should walk and where the bullet supposed to target to.
- Here you know on How Law maker giving you little space to walk, they are using one section without Letting you making intrepretation or finding the truth.
while Others such as Relligion made so many interpretation of many sections.
you may see Histories, How many times Religion made interpretations of verses to made them immun from Law?
How Religion at first time arrived by many Reasons?
- In some countries, There are no spaces for woman to walk, woman do not allowed to work, woman do not allowed to go to anywhere alone, etc by mention suitable verses
When Woman got Freedom and equal opportunity in your country? is freedom given to woman effective?
If Woman get equal opportunity and Freedom, Do Women give equal opportunity and freedom to gay? You learn something now.
- You better to sit down together on how you live together and find diversification , How if you do not find?
Remember that you are gay having brothers-and sisters all over the world, from continent to continent
Gay should know the weakness of your Predators.
- Some gay may feel safe, But you must know by increasing population, decreasing Resourcess, Increasing Problems and Predators never stop to look for victim
The Predators did not eat the Target all in once, but by Running time, will eat the target one by one. Because Predator is predator
- why Gay created Inner Predators? Why Gay should compete with other gay? Please to sit down and talk together for solution.
- If Locker Room closed, then you should not let the owner got bankrufcy, just find way on How you can work together.
perhaps xxx may close operation but It can change to be distributor of merchandises, maintenance, network, partnership of taboo? or for another bussiness?
- Remember that you gay should not leave each other because you are facing section. you gay should connect each other.
Here is another verse of Marriage that you should create .
- I often see one man kill his brother because of competition.
- He do not talk on how is the solution, who make all that happened. in simmilar case, The law maker make you gay can not walk free.
- Do you gay understand on extortion and deception? Then you should fight to people making retortion/deception rathen than to fight each other.
Here you find way on where you suppose to walk together. Do you weak? Don't you have brothers-sisters over nation?
If you gay fighting with your brother-sister from another nations, then how will you stand?
- I see one gay getting paid to spread HIV to another gay, why this Happened?
Did this gay aware, why He used to be tool of spreading?
- Can you change or define again on gay Travel?
- If one gay travel to another country, can you make something that this gay should get more money from His Travel rather than money spent? do you know this kind of bussiness issue? Can you find mutual business?
Here you learn on imagination and expanding your mind to be outside the box
Comment edited on 2014-08-30 18:25:12

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