Singapore: Anti Gay or a Gay Friendly Travel Destination?

Published Date Author: , October 29th, 2013


Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Legally, Singapore is not friendly to the LGBT community; in practice, however, it’s a different story.

The country is known for its extremely strict laws, with mandatory sentences for offenses such as vandalism, for which offenders are caned.

Its Penal Code states, “Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years,” according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans And Intersex Association.

In an interview with the BBC, the Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, Lionel Yeo, was asked by Fast Track host Rajan Datar if they welcome gay visitors to Singapore; he responded without hesitation, “We do. We do not discriminate against any type of visitors.”

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