Although homosexuality is against the law, the gay community in this city-state has become more prominent recently. Singapore - Homosexuality in this Southeast Asian city-state has been illegal here for more than a century, dating back to law under colonial British rule. In a country that still lashes convicted criminals with a cane, sexual contact between men is punishable by up to two years in jail.
Same-sex sexual activity is illegal even if consensual and committed in privateand the Attorney-General of Singapore has declared that prosecutions under Section A occasionally still occur,    although sources state that the law is not well enforced,    and is being challenged in courts. Same-sex relationships are not recognized under the law, and adoption of children by same-sex couples is illegal. No anti-discrimination protections exist for LGBT people.
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The move followed a government warning in June after multinationals led by Facebook, Google and Goldman Sachs sponsored a gay pride rally. Singapore on Friday banned foreign companies from funding an annual gay pride rally as part of new rules governing protests, leading rights campaigners to label the move "outrageous interference". Singapore has long taken a hard line on what it considers foreign interference in domestic politics and has often been criticized by human rights groups for clamping down on political freedoms. The move followed a government warning in June after multinationals led by Facebook, Google and Goldman Sachs sponsored a gay pride rally called Pink Dot as part of their corporate equal-opportunity initiatives.
Image via Shutterstock. Last year, a gay man in Singapore won an appeal to legally adopt his biological son. But not everyone feels so optimistic about the decision.
State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed a children's book about two male penguins raising a baby chick inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state's family values. The country's information minister Yaacob Ibrahim has said he supports the decision to pulp all copies of the book along with two other titles after the National Library Board NLBwhich runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled them from the shelves. But NLB's approach is to reflect existing social norms, and not to challenge or seek to change them.
A senior Singapore diplomat Friday urged the country's gay community to challenge a law banning homosexual sex after India's top court stuck down similar legislation, a rare high-level intervention on the issue. Tommy Koh, ambassador-at-large in the Singapore foreign ministry, made the comments on Facebook in response to a post about Thursday's historic ruling, which followed a decades-long campaign against the law in the South Asian nation. Responding to a comment that previous petitions to strike down the law were unsuccessful, Singapore's former US ambassador and envoy to the United Nations said: "Try again.
BY Marianne Rogerson. Conservative Singapore is a land of contradictions when it comes to homosexuality. They have a place in our society and are entitled to their private lives. Sports lovers will appreciate ESPN and Setanta Sports showing the latest sporting events from around the world, while a pool table allows revelers to whip up some competition of their own.
This watering hole is a hit with the boys for its signature Blue Spin — a deadly cocktail that will have you spinning on the dancefloor before you even know it. Slow weekday nights see people chilling on the large benches in the green-lit courtyard, while on weekends the joint is jam-packed, standing-room only. For a laidback alternative, head upstairs to May Wong's Cafe and sink into its comfortable sofa seats with your exotic cocktail.
Prosecutions under section A are rare and there is only one such reported case publicly available. Those charges were later dropped and brought under another section which both men pleaded guilty to. The Court, however, granted leave to challenge the constitutionality of the original prosecution. LGBT issues are one such example.