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Big Read Unwrapped: The challenges of the LGBTQ in conservative Singapore

Singapore remains largely conservative despite increasingly liberal views of youths around LGBTQ+ rights and countless queer Singaporeans feel the need to conceal their identity to avoid rejection by their families, friends, colleagues, and the wider community. And it was only on Sunday, 31 July, that the Catholic Church in Singapore reiterated its position that marriage…
1 Aug 2022 7 mins read

Ground-up activism: Civil society and advocacy that make a difference in Singapore

At the 2019 “Building Our Future Singapore Together” dialogue, Deputy Prime Minister and then Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat brought up the importance of civil society when he said, “We need to shift from a government that focuses primarily on working for you, to a government that works with you. Working with you, for…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Freedom to choose what is best for you: Has it always been there for Singaporeans?

The lives of Singaporeans have been well mapped out — from birth to the time they go to school, from graduation to getting their first job, from getting married to having their first grandchild. Some may even say they are not for wanting, yet questions have been raised whether Singaporeans have the freedom to plot…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Social media and the government: Tango for transparency and accountability

At the 2020 General Election (GE2020) in Singapore, both social media sites and instant messaging were the two most used platforms, playing important roles for political engagement to ensure there is transparency and accountability. Apart from GE2020, the people turn to social media when they feel they have to right a wrong, especially when it…
29 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Grassroots movement: Is this the start of ground-up activism in Singapore?

Grassroots organisations (GROs) usually use collective action to drive change at a local, regional or even national level and in Singapore they are made up of the ordinary people rather than the leaders. In Singapore, GROs are relied on for mass mobilisation and surveillance. They include the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs), Community Club Management Committees (CCMCs),…
29 Jul 2022 5 mins read

Are we still living under a patriarchal government in Singapore?

When it comes to its style of government, Singapore has one that is “a mix of semi-authoritarian, one-party rule”. Its civil service is highly centralised and meritocratic, with government officials appointed to their jobs based on skill and performance. Singapore’s success clearly did not come down to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew alone and…
28 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Breaking stereotypes for the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore media

According to LGBTQ+ media advocacy group GLAAD, queer representation on US television has hit a record high in 2022, with nearly 12 per cent of regular characters portrayed as LGBTQ+, up from 2.8 per cent in 2021. Lived experiences are complex and it is sometimes a challenge to capture diversity in its entirety, which makes…
27 Jun 2022 6 mins read

Respect for all: Every LGBTQ student matters, or do they?

When Charissa, who is in a same-sex relationship with her partner, came out about her sexuality in her late teens, it was not to a very inclusive environment. “It was in 2015. I was 18 and I remember coming out to my family somewhere between the end of 2015 and early 2016 when my mental…
27 Jun 2022 4 mins read

The impact of not legalising same-sex marriage

A lesbian couple had wanted to hold their wedding in June – Pride Month, dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world. This is especially exceptional since this year, it is 50 years old. Unfortunately, Parkroyal Collection Pickering, the hotel where the couple planned to hold their wedding, turned them away.  A screenshot of…
27 Jun 2022 5 mins read

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