Singapore police ban LGBTI fun run, citing ‘public order’ threat

  • metta

    Posts: 39118

    Aug 15, 2014 7:46 AM GMT
    Singapore police ban LGBTI fun run, citing ‘public order’ threat

    Singapore’s Police Force has refused to give a permit for this weekend’s Pink Run, claiming the event was not in the interest of maintaining public order


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  • madsexy

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    Aug 15, 2014 6:21 PM GMT
    A gay friend of mine from grad school took a job in Singapore about 6 yrs ago and says the environment for gay men and women there is still 'abysmally oppressive'. He told me a couple of stories about open overt harassment of gay men and lesbians just because they appeared gay and were out in public not even doing anything suggestive much less lurid. Singapore isn't on my must-see list! icon_evil.gif
  • Sentinel53

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    Aug 16, 2014 10:01 AM GMT
    Im going onto two years in Singapore. Enjoying it a lot. Great country with some strong values and laws. I don't agree with all of them, but i understand that the country is still on a journey towards inclusion, very similar to many other countries in the world today.

    About 5 to 10 years ago authorities enforced the anti-gay laws and even to a large extent tried to bait LGBT people into breaking them, however, the Singapore I live in today is very different. There are numerous well known gay clubs open every single night and we have a ton of fun. I haven't experienced any harassment at all neither do i know anyone who has. Some of my gay friends live with their partners and yea, again, haven't had any issues on the matter.

    When you look at when the anti-lgbt laws are currently enforced is mostly when they are broken openly in public "guys given each other head in public bathrooms, etc", what the media doesn't focus on is that the same enforcement happens with straight people, but thats ignored.

    We have a yearly gay parade which, even though churches try and stop it every year, the government both permits and also protects it.

    Its not a bad country, it does things in a systematic way and its on the right journey, just not at the end of it yet.
  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 14351

    Aug 16, 2014 1:07 PM GMT
    Sentinel53 saidIm going onto two years in Singapore. Enjoying it a lot. Great country with some strong values and laws. I don't agree with all of them, but i understand that the country is still on a journey towards inclusion, very similar to many other countries in the world today.

    About 5 to 10 years ago authorities enforced the anti-gay laws and even to a large extent tried to bait LGBT people into breaking them, however, the Singapore I live in today is very different. There are numerous well known gay clubs open every single night and we have a ton of fun. I haven't experienced any harassment at all neither do i know anyone who has. Some of my gay friends live with their partners and yea, again, haven't had any issues on the matter.

    When you look at when the anti-lgbt laws are currently enforced is mostly when they are broken openly in public "guys given each other head in public bathrooms, etc", what the media doesn't focus on is that the same enforcement happens with straight people, but thats ignored.

    We have a yearly gay parade which, even though churches try and stop it every year, the government both permits and also protects it.

    Its not a bad country, it does things in a systematic way and its on the right journey, just not at the end of it yet.
    Singapore has come a long way from its conservative colonial past. I hear a lot of good and bad about that massive modern city-state but than I realize that no place on earth is perfect and problem free. However it is one big, major city that appears to have crime under control. Most other major cities of the world are experiencing rising crime rates.
  • madsexy

    Posts: 4843

    Aug 19, 2014 6:31 PM GMT
    Sentinel53 saidIm going onto two years in Singapore. Enjoying it a lot. Great country with some strong values and laws. I don't agree with all of them, but i understand that the country is still on a journey towards inclusion, very similar to many other countries in the world today.

    About 5 to 10 years ago authorities enforced the anti-gay laws and even to a large extent tried to bait LGBT people into breaking them, however, the Singapore I live in today is very different. There are numerous well known gay clubs open every single night and we have a ton of fun. I haven't experienced any harassment at all neither do i know anyone who has. Some of my gay friends live with their partners and yea, again, haven't had any issues on the matter.

    When you look at when the anti-lgbt laws are currently enforced is mostly when they are broken openly in public "guys given each other head in public bathrooms, etc", what the media doesn't focus on is that the same enforcement happens with straight people, but thats ignored.

    We have a yearly gay parade which, even though churches try and stop it every year, the government both permits and also protects it.

    Its not a bad country, it does things in a systematic way and its on the right journey, just not at the end of it yet.

    I'm glad you posted that detailed personal current assessment. Since I read that I went back to my friend from grad school and asked how it was now and he said almost the same you said - my information was from years ago when he first went there. He says 1it's not San Francisco but it's also not Birmingham Alabama!' icon_lol.gif