Singaporean society prior to colonization shows certain positive records regarding the social standing of LGBT individuals. Amongst indigenous Malays for example, a transgender identity was recognized and accepted.

After the colonial period, LGBT activity in Singapore has frequently been a focus of social conflict. Male homosexuality was outlawed under British rule (1819-1942), despite being acknowledged among immigrant Chinese. Following Japanese occupation during World War II and then after independence, sexual orientation and gender identity minorities were seen as part of the “street scene,” and were associated with nightlife culture. In the 1970s, there was an insurgence of LGBT-friendly nightclubs and Singapore even became a center for gender-reassignment surgery. In the 1990s however, authorities began more actively repressing LGBT manifestations, prompting the start of an organized LGBT movement.

Besides the continuance of criminalization laws, government censorship is strict in Singapore and LGBT identities are not depicted positively in the media.

Recently, there has been a series of advancements coupled with other setbacks in the country. In 2003, a statement from Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong opened the way for increased dialogue and tolerance, but this was met with a negative response from religious groups and a conservative section of Singaporean society and ultimately gave rise to an increase in anti-LGBT manifestations and discourse.

Currently, besides the continuance of criminalization laws, government censorship remains strict and LGBT identities are not depicted positively in the media. However, due to the country’s high internet usage rates, Singapore has a considerable number of established LGBT portals which circumvent the government restriction on LGBT content imposed on imprint and broadcast media. Despite this, according to the Institute of Policy Studies 72.9% of Singaporeans are against same-sex marriage and 78.2% of them feel that sexual relations between same-sex adults is always or almost always wrong.

A non-profit movement started in 2009, and the first public, open-air pro-LGBT event held in Singapore. Pink Dot has grown from less than 1000 participants to about 30000 in just seven years. Many organizations around the world have since adopted the Pink Dot model for LGBT events.
A Singapore LGBT group focused on advocacy and public education, PLU is an informal group, as the Registrar of Societies refused to grant it registration in 1997 and again in 2004. It is now engaged in its third attempt to be recognized, as "PLU3". The term PLU has also gradually become slang for “homosexual” amongst members of Singapore's and Malaysia's gay subculture. (No current official website available).
Gay Health SG is focused on the health of gay people in Singapore, particularly regarding HIV needs. They promote awareness, free-testing and access to treatment. They recently released a web-series that explores critical health issues amongst the gay community.
This Christian religious congregation affirms that all individuals, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, can live in accordance with the Christian faith and teachings. Hence, they welcome all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or economic status to their worship services and activities.
Singapore’s first LGBT center, founded in 2003. It functions now as a resource space and library for sexual minorities in the country, with a resource catalogue including fiction, non-fiction, reference, Chinese, and local books and resources on HIV-related topics. The center also organizes occasional thematic events.
Established in November 2008 as part of the Sunshine Initiative Singapore, Project X’s mission is to promote a fair and safe sex industry for everyone involved, and a society that respects sex workers, their clients, partners, and families. Project X works closely with transgender sex workers in the country.
A group of Singaporeans committed to supporting LGBTQ+ individuals, The Purple Alliance coordinates social events, forms partnerships with stakeholders, conducts educational outreach and provides health assistance.
The 'T' Project is committed to empowering the transgender community in Singapore & as far as we can go.
Voices of the Sons shares the experiences of transgender people in the region who have felt humiliated, intimidated or excluded, as well as those who have had their identity exposed against their will.
Blog dedicated to advocating for and supporting trans individuals in Singapore.
Blog dedicated to advocating for and supporting trans individuals in Singapore.
Oogachaga is a community-based counselling, support and personal development organisation working with LGBTQ individuals, couples and families since 1999.

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