Homophobia in Singapore

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Introduction

Homophobia in Singapore stems from two main factors derived from the cultural characteristics of her population: 1) religious proscriptions and 2) secular insecurity.

There are numerous websites featuring homophobic and counter-homophobic arguments. This article focuses on statements actually made by Singaporeans themselves.

Religious proscriptions

Abrahamic religions

Christianity

Islam

Judaism

Eastern religions

The Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism have ideologically and historically been much more tolerant of homosexuality than their Abrahamic or Middle Eastern counterparts.

Buddhism

Taoism

Hinduism

Confucianism

Arguments against religious proscriptions

Secular insecurity

Being historically an immigrant nation, insecure about economic survival and anxious to ensure the continuity of an intact society, the following categories of arguments have often been voiced by Singaporeans to maintain institutionalised homophobia:

External links

  • An archive of the homophobic and counter-homophobic arguments made in the online Remaking Singapore forum: [1],[2],[3]and[4].
  • Alex Au's lecture at the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) forum entitled "Legislating Sexual Behaviour - Should the State be in our Bedrooms?" on 29 March 2004: [5]
  • Question & Answer session, following the above lecture:[6]
  • Fridae articles on religion and the LGBT community - Christianity:[7],[8]. Islam:[9]. Buddhism:[10]. Miscellaneous:[11].