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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

Hwa Chong Institution staff suspended for discriminatory content on LGBT+ community

A staff member of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) was reprimanded and suspended from delivering sexuality education lessons in the future after he made derogatory and unfounded claims about the LGBTQ+ community during a school presentation. The staff had given a presentation to a cohort of Secondary 4 students last Wednesday, 13 July, which contained prejudicial…
18 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Malay representation, international audiences, and family: coming up in Getaway S2

Getaway is back for season two. Just days after airing the season finale, founder of LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People Sean Foo and his team are back at the drawing board and working on the script for the second instalment of the web series. Across the five episodes of season one, Getaway managed to rake…
30 Jun 2022 5 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

Being queer and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in socially conservative Singapore

Coming out can be a singularly frightening experience for those who do not conform to the cisgender, heteronormative (cishet) society, especially within socially conservative Singapore. Mr Sean Foo, founder of leading LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People and creator of Singapore’s first Boys’ Love (BL) web drama series Getaway, says he was afraid of coming out…
27 Jun 2022 7 mins read

Coming out to mum and dad and what you wish they had said

In a Youth Survey carried out in 2021 by news platform TODAY polling 1,066 respondents between the ages of 18 and 35, 75 percent of Singapore youth were willing to form close friendships with friends or colleagues who are in a same-sex relationship. The survey also found while 4 in 5 were willing to work…
27 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Does it really matter which politician was first at Pink Dot SG?

It was on 18 June that Pink Dot SG returned to Hong Lim Park for edition number 14.  Thousands of supporters and activists thronged the landmark LGBTQ+ rally excitedly after a two-year hiatus from physical gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Even spotted at the event were Members of Parliament Henry Kwek and Jamus Lim,…
24 Jun 2022 4 mins read

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