An overwhelming proportion of Singaporeans agree that Singaporeans in the LGBT community people still face discrimination in Singapore.
In an online poll commissioned by Yahoo News Singapore, 80 percent strongly or somewhat agree that such discrimination exists here.
The poll asked: “Although there are changing local attitudes towards those in the LGBTQ community, some say that those in the LGBTQ community are still discriminated against in Singapore. Do you agree or disagree that anti-LGBTQ discrimination still takes place?”
The survey, conducted by Blackbox Research, polled 887 Singaporeans between 13 and 26 June. The majority of Singaporeans (55 percent) also strongly or somewhat support Pink Dot Singapore, an annual event held in support of the LGBTQ community. 45 percent are opposed to it.
Pink Dot’s spokesperson, in a press released commented that the survey findings attested to “what (they) have always known”.
“That anti-LGBTQ discrimination exists in Singapore, and that it can occur at home and in the workplace,” the spokesperson added.
“The fact that some Singaporeans continue to hold a negative perception of LGBTQ people can be attributed to our censorship laws that prohibit any neutral/positive portrayals of LGBTQ persons in our mainstream media.”
Government still woefully ignorant on issue of LGBT discrimination
The survey findings fly in the face of recent comments by key government figures. During the Singapore Summit in September 2018, Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung insisted that the LGBTQ community faced no discrimination “at work, housing and education” in Singapore.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also commented on the issue of LGBT rights during the Smart Nation Summit in June, three days before Pink Dot 2019.
“Whatever your sexual orientation, you are welcome to come and work in Singapore. But this has not inhibited people from living, and has not stopped Pink Dot from having a gathering every year.”
In Singapore, sex between men is illegal under Section 377A of the Penal Code. This makes Singapore the only developed country in the world that still has criminal sanctions against homosexuals.
In recent months, more developing countries have done away with their own versions of sodomy laws, including Bhutan, Botswana, and Angola.