53. 新加坡同性恋的生活方式是什么样子?

除了粉红点运动和面向同性恋者的群体,不时也有某些娱乐场所和夜总会举办的、以同性恋为主题的戏剧/电影和同性恋集会。

丹戎巴葛路一直以来是闻名的同性恋红灯区,目前已被尼路取代。在这里(如道拉实路、 克力路、达士敦山、 安祥路等)以及附近的唐人街和直落亚逸街,都能找到同性恋酒吧/酒馆、迪斯科/俱乐部和桑拿中心. 1

由于现有支持的增加和公园照明的改善,同性恋在新加坡进入到更多的室内场所里,户外同性恋活动变得不那么普遍。夜晚“巡航”(即在某个区域闲逛寻找性伴侣)现在被限制在如东海岸公园的福特路停车场、樟宜商业园、圣淘沙丹戎沙滩、珠光大厦和邵氏大厦的上层停车场等地方。2

在网上,只要输入与新加坡同性恋相关的关键字,就会搜索到一大堆本地同性恋网站和支持同性恋的资源,如Oogachaga的“同性恋入门(The ABC’s of Gay Sex)”。3

尾注

  1. SgWiki, Singapore Gay Venues: Contemporary (2014年7月23日)
  2. 同前。

3、Oogachaga在线刊物: http://www.oogachaga.com/congregaytion/news/detail/96/The-ABCs-of-Gay-Sex

How has homosexuality impacted Singapore?

 

These are the major Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) developments in Singapore in the past decade:Q24

  • AUG 2003: Goh Chok Tong, then Prime Minister, does “not encourage or endorse a gay lifestyle” but asserts that “gays, too, need to make a living”. He warns against backlash from the “conservative mainstream” should gays lobby for greater public space.1
  • OCT 2007: The original Section 377 of the Penal Code against unnatural sex is replaced with a law that criminalizes sex with corpses.It is then debated if Section 377A, which criminalizes sexual acts between men, should be repealed as well.2
  • MAY 2009: The new leadership at AWARE (which stands for Association of Women for Action and Research, a local non-profit organisation that advocates for women’s rights) seeks to address its Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum for schools, which carried some “explicit and inappropriate” content, including “messages which could promote homosexuality or suggest approval of pre-marital sex”.3 This matter receivesheavy media coverage and is polarisedalong religious lines. The Ministry of Education later suspends all sexuality education by external service providers. 4
  • In the same month, Pink Dot is launched to promote “Freedom to Love”, diversity and acceptance of people of all sexual orientations. It garners the support of several high-profile individuals and celebrities, and has since become a highly publicized annual event5
  • JUL 2012: Google publicly identifies Singapore as one of the countries targeted in the new phase of its campaign to oppose laws under which homosexuals are not accorded equal rights as heterosexuals, and to promote gay rights.6
  • JAN 2013: The pro-family “silent majority” and more Christians and churches speak up on the cases challenging the constitutionality of Section 377A.7 Statements affirming the importance of the traditional family unit are made in the Singapore courts and at ministerial level.8
  • AUG 2013:Yale University, popularly known as the “Gay Ivy” for its activism and emphasis on LGBT matters, collaborates with NUS to establish Singapore’s first liberal arts college9/10 with various LGBTQA campus initiatives.11/12
  • FEB 2014: Several public figures weigh in on the discussion  about the Singapore Health Promotion Board’s “FAQs on Sexuality”, with religious groups expressing their disappointment at the FAQs’ seemingly pro-LGBT view that contradicts the government’s stance on family.13/14
  • JUL 2014: The National Library Board receives criticism after removing 2 children’s books with pro-homosexuality themes following a parent’s feedback. The matter draws heated public discourse with mixed views, petitions and public displays of disapproval with the NLB decision.15/16
Endnotes
3. MOE Statement on Sexuality Education Programme (Ministry of Education, Singapore, 6 May 2009)
5. Wikipedia, Pink Dot SG
6. Stacy Cowley, Google Pushes for Gay Rights with “Legalize Love” Campaign (CNN Money, 8 July 2012)
8. Teo Xuanwei, Judgment Reserved on Challenge to Section 377A (TODAY, 15 February 2013)
9. Channel News Asia, Yale-NUS College Holds Inauguration Ceremony (XinMSN News, 27 August 2013)
10. Aleksandra Gjorgievska, Yale Profs to Teach at Yale-NUS (Yale Daily News, 14 February 2013)
11. Facebook page for Tri-Uni LGBTIQ Pride Day
13. Siau Ming En, More Parties Wade Into Debate Over HPB Sexuality FAQ (Today, 6 February 2014)
14. Charissa Yong, FAQ List Does Not Promote Same-Sex Lifestyles (The Straits Times, 19 February 2014)
15. Pearl Lee, NLB Defends Move to Remove Books (The Straits Times, 11 July 2014)
16. Pearl Lee, Yaacob Tells NLB to Put Barred Titles Back on Shelves (The Straits Times, 19 July 2014)

What are the objectives of the gay agenda?

The strategy of homosexual activists follows a similar trend regardless of which country they operate in:1/2/3/4

1.     Normalization of homosexuality

  • Talk about gays and gayness as loudly and often as possible, on all media platforms.
  • Make homosexuals look good and normal (“just like us”, stable, respectable, family-loving) through media campaigns and entertainment shows (e.g., The Ellen DeGeneres Show, GLEE, Modern Family).
  • Perpetuate the belief that homosexuals make up a significant minority – 10% of the population. Today, that figure has been shown to be overstated.5

2.     Acceptance of homosexuality

  • Portray homosexual people as victims, not aggressive challengers.
  • Give homosexual protectors a just cause, such as fighting for equality or against HIV/ AIDS (e.g., GLAAD: “Leading the conversation. Shaping the media narrative. Changing the culture. That’s GLAAD at work.”)6
  • Recruit celebrities to endorse homosexuality (e.g., local celebrities Michelle Chia, Ivan Heng and Mark Richmond as Pink Dot 2013 ambassadors7; Jackie Chan in Come Out of the Closet GLAAD campaign8).
  • Obtain sponsorship and legitimisation for pro-LGBT causes and events from powerful Multi-National Corporations (e.g., Google’s “Legalize Love” campaign9; global energy company BP and financial services company Goldman Sachs as Pink Dot sponsors10).

3.     Discrediting the “opposition”

  • Make those who disagree with homosexual behaviour look bad (e.g., call attention to heterosexual divorce rate, highlight picketing homo-haters).
  • Muddy the moral waters by discrediting beliefs that disagree with homosexuality.
  • Label “victimizers” as homophobes and bigots.

4.     Legal recognition of homosexuality

  • Decriminalize adult homosexual intercourse.
  • Equalize (and lower) ages of sexual consent for both homosexual and heterosexual sex.
  • Introduce anti-discrimination legislation.
  • Introduce homosexual marriage or same-sex civil partnership to secure all the legal benefits of traditional marriage.
  • Grant homosexual couples the right to adopt children.

5.     Indoctrination of children

  • Keep faith-based and moral teachings out of schools.
  • Propagate pro-homosexual teachings of “diversity/ inclusion/ tolerance” from young11 (e.g., encouraging children to cross-dress; make available preschool storybooks that depict two mums or two dads as good12; textbooks that tell 7-year-old girls they may be lesbian if they like other girls).
  • Recruit children into the homosexual lifestyle through sexual grooming.13
Endnotes
1. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s (Doubleday, 1989)
2. Pete Winn, Q&A: The Homosexual Agenda (Focus on the Family Action, 25 July 2003)
3. Kees Waaldijk, Standard Sequences in the Legal Recognition of Homosexuality – Europe’s Past, Present and Future, (Australasian Gay and Lesbian Law Journal (1994) 4)
4. Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill, The Overhauling of Straight America (November 1987)
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2013 (National Health Statistics Report No. 77, 15 July 2014)
6. GLAAD website (accessed 16 July 2014)
7. Elizabeth Soh, Meet Singapore Pink Dot’s New Celebrity Faces (Yahoo! Singapore Entertainment, 2 May 2013)
10. Online Citizen, 26,000 Crowd Celebrate the Freedom to Love at Pink Dot 2014 (Online Citizen, 28 June 2014)
11. Michael L. Brown, A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been (EqualTime Books, 2011 Chapter 3)
13. Scott Lively, 7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child  (DefendTheFamily.com, accessed 16 July 2014)

How widespread is gay activism in Singapore?

Pro-LGBT or homosexual activist groups in Singapore which champion gay rights and promote acceptance of peoples of all kinds of sexual orientations often have strong global affiliations and support.

Pink Dot is considered Singapore’s high-profile, landmark homosexual initiative. Held at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park, this annual, free-for-all event started in 2009 in support of the LGBT community in Singapore. Attendees gather to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. The latest Pink Dot event in June 2015 was purported to be attended by more than 28,000 people1, backed by large local and global corporate supporters and local celebrities.

Sayoni is “a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women” that “organizes and advocates for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity”.

People Like Us (PLU) is one of the first local gay and lesbian groups formed for the purpose of advocacy and public education. It has been refused formal registration as an organization twice (in 1997 and 2004), but boasts a following of over 2,300 members in its email discussion list SiGNeL.

Pelangi Pride Centre is a Singapore-based LGBTQ (+ Queer) community space and resource centre located at Geylang in a venue sponsored by the Free Community Church, which “affirms that same-sex and transgender relationships, when lived out in accord with the love commandments of Jesus, are consistent with Christian faith and teachings.” The Free Community Church initially took the form of Safehaven, a support group for homosexual Christians. (Qn.19)

Oogachaga (OC) offers gay affirmative counselling and personal development for LGBTQ individuals under the umbrella of SPACES, a registered local charity.

Action for Aids (AfA) is a registered charity under the Ministry of Health that supports and advocates for persons living with HIV/ AIDS, of which MSM (men who have sex with men) constitute an increasing segment.

Inter-University LGBT Network is a collection of LGBT university student groups in Singapore. It presently comprises tFreedom (National University of Singapore [NUS], Tembusu College), Gender Collective (NUS, University Scholars Programme), Kaleidoscope (National Technological University), Out to Care (Singapore Management University), and The G Spot (Yale-NUS College).

At the 2012 Global LGBT Workplace Summit, Google launched a new phase of its “Legalize Love” campaign, with plans to specifically target Singapore. A spokesperson for the campaign said that the campaign aims to “promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books”. He added that “Singapore wants to be a global financial centre and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global centre and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”2

On 31 January 2014, the Straits Times published an article titled “Students’ passions come alive in varsity clubs”. The writer reported, “Another group [at Yale-NUS College] is The G Spot…interested not only in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, but also other topics such as race or body image.” This student group took part in Pink Dot and hosted a sharing session by the parents of gay college student Matthew Shepard, an American hate-crime victim.”3

Endnotes
3. Amelia Teng, Students’ Passions Come Alive in Varsity Clubs (The Straits Times, 31 January 2014)