However, In 2002, the Minister of State acknowledged the biogenetic nature of homosexuality, a sure reflection of the State's slow but steady increasing acceptance of the LBGT. The general public is by and large conservative with a 'don't ask, don't tell' attitude. Checking into a hotel shouldn't be a problem but if you wish, there are some gay-friendly backpackers and boutique hotels around.
Interestingly enough, the gay and lesbian culture is very much vibrant and alive in certain areas around Singapore. You can find gay bars, clubs and saunas operating in and around Chinatown and its neighboring areas - Ann Siang Hill and Neil Road. These locales are worth checking up if you're up for a good night out, and gay establishments operate openly and are largely untouched by the police.
While the older gays and lesbians are more conservative and hence less likely to have an open to discussion about their sexuality or personal experience, the younger generations have far fewer qualms about describing the local scene and their personal experiences in Singapore. Do note that the mainstream Singaporean stance is that the country is not ready for the promotion of gay lifestyles yet.
- People Like Us (PLU) is a lesbian and gay advocacy group. Their website www.plu.sg has more background information on homosexuality in Singapore.
- Information and listings at www.utopia-asia.com and local lifestyle site www.trevvy.com
- If you're looking for alternative lifestyle based festivals and events, check out www.fridae.com, the regional gay and lesbian site.