Gay Guide

Singapore
Pink Star Rating

4

Capital

Singapore

Scene and Culture

Singapore is full of contradictions. On the one hand it is one of the more repressive countries in South East Asia for gays and lesbians. Male homosexuality is illegal and the state utilises all sorts of administrative measures and technical rules to prevent free association of gay groups and publication of gay literature. In 2004, Police refused to grant a permit for a gay Christmas party, because it was deemed "against the moral values" of the country's population. However, against this there is a growing tolerance of gays and lesbians in Singapore evidenced for example by the recent allowing of out gay people to work in government roles. There is a bugeoning gay scene with many gay bars and clubs. Several popular main stream clubs now have ‘gay nights’ or ‘ladies’ nights’ on certain days of the week and a few western style saunas have recently opened. Singapore in our view makes a good city break destination with lots of fun to be found for the gay and lesbian visitor.

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Legal

Legal Notes

Under Section 377 "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" with any man, woman or animal, is imprisonable for a life term, or for a term up to ten years. Under Section 377A "acts of gross indecency" between males is punishable with up to 2 years imprisonment. Enforcement of these laws is routinely carried by entrapment using decoy officers. Singapore also uses administrative measures to impede the discussion of homosexuality and the formation of socities connected with homosexuality. Under Singapore's Societies Act all societies must be registered. Gay organisations are refused registration with no explanation. Singapore has numerous laws for enforcing censorship and they are applied stringently in the case of homosexual material. Visual representation of homosexual acts is banned, and so are materials that portray homosexuality as a legitimate and acceptable lifestyle. There is no employment protection for homosexuals in Singapore and gays are barred from the military.

Population

4.15 million

Currency

Singapore Dollar SGD

Climate

Singapore has a tropical climate characterized by hot and humid conditions. You can visit Singapore any time of the year and it is likely to be hot, wet and muggy. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year with an average annual precipitation of 2,410 mm (95 inches). During the NE Monsoon, floods are common while the SW Monsoon usually brings violent wind squalls called Sumatras. Average temperature ranges are between 24 (75 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32 (90 degrees Fahrenheit) all year.

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