We also talked about the problems faced by homosexuals, as well as their sexual encounters: James told us that he felt depressed and “out of the norm” because he was attracted to guys.
Many might not know this, but there are restrictions to homosexual relationships between guys (in short, gays) in Singapore.
In a concluding speech on the public debate over the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code (the official law on gay relationships in Singapore) in December last year, PM Lee said, “Singapore is basically a conservative society…The family is the basic building block of this society.
And by family in Singapore we mean one man, one woman, marrying, having children and bringing up children within that framework of a stable family unit.” According to Wikipedia, Section 377A (“Outrages on decency”) states that “any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.” However, Section 377A remains sporadically enforced.
The last time this law was used to charge a defendant was in November 2010.
Yet homosexuals in Singapore often continue to hide the truth from their friends and family, while searching for others through online communities and mobile apps such as Grindr.