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SINGAPORE -- area code +65

Advisory: Singapore is politically conflicted about the natural desires of its citizens, straight and gay. In 2007 oral sex was finally decriminalized, but only for heterosexuals. While sporting one of Asia's most vibrant and fun gay scenes and a huge Wikipedia entry on Singapore Gay History, homosex (not homosexuals) remains illegal. Vestiges of antique British sodomy laws remain in force despite sloganeering for "Asian values", a weak disguise for conservative religion-based discrimination against sexual minorities (although Christians and fundamentalists are a minority in Singapore society, they hold half of the civil service jobs). Outrageously, while banning gay and lesbian self-help groups, government officials awarded a large grant of public money in 2006 to a Christian group that tries to un-gay queers. Fundamentalists have also been paid to teach lopsided sexuality courses in public schools. In 2009 an attempted takeover of a large women's NGO by Christian gay-haters was aborted by public outrage forcing the government to warn against mixing religion with secular politics.

Singapore's first public GLBT pride festival, Indignation, took place during the month of Aug in 2005. On May 16, 2009, thousands of GLBT and their freinds and families rallied peacefully in Hong Lim Park for the first PinkDot, calling for acceptance and an end to discrimination. The arts, especially theater, have been openly exploring the subject of homosexuality since the 1990s.

Pink Dot 2012 Lights Up Singapore
15,000 Singaporean LGBT, friends and family
gathered on Jun 30, 2012 to create a giant pink dot,
seen by satellites circling the earth, at the 4th annual Pink Dot.

Police harassment and entrapment of gays ceased following Lee Kuan Yew's unexpected 1998 CNN statement that "what we are doing as a government is to leave people to live their own lives so long as they don't impinge on other people. I mean, we don't harass anybody." Most gay business owners took those words to heart and Singapore's gay scene quickly became more visible, diverse, and world-class.

In October, 2007, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Parliament, "We recognise that homosexuals are part of our society. They have a place in our society and are entitled to their private lives."

Deputy PM Wong Kan Seng emphasized in 2009 that Singapore is a "stable society with traditional, heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their private lives and contribute to the society."

Here is Lee Kuan Yew's pragmatic acknowledgment that homosexuality is likely a natural genetic variation:

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General Information

Singapore old and new (c) 2006 by John Goss

    Global access to information and the rapid economic advancement of this small island nation have created a mobile and progressive generation of educated, fit, English-speaking young men and women of diverse cultural backgrounds. The art of conversation is alive and well here and you will make fast friends who won't be afraid to challenge your thinking with their own opinions. Green, modern and organized, The Lion City is also a haven for well-to-do expats. To keep it's economy growing, the country has been filling its work force with millions of additional foreign workers from around the region. In fact, it's getting rare to see Singaporeans staffing any of their bustling mega-malls.

Singapore vending machine (c) 2006 by John Goss

    Southeast Asia's best cuisines are collected together here in one place. Safe and clean multi-ethnic neighborhoods ripe for exploring. There are shopping malls up the wazoo, world-class hotels, sport-spa-and-health legal highs, rollicking nightlife, art museums, nature reserves, andeven a packed casino. All of this is tied together with an efficient and inexpesnive rapid transit system.

Singapore pawn shop (c) 2010 by John Goss

    Singapore's pink dollars fueled a renaissance of gay-owned and managed businesses across the island in the first decade of the 21st century. The tourist area of Chinatown has several dozen rainbow venues filling up heritage buildings and attracting a steady flow of local clientele and in-the-know regional visitors. The annual Pink Dot gathering to celebrate tolerance and diversity has seen increased attendance year after year. Recent surveys show a growing acceptance of LGBT in society in general, especially among youth.

Singapore Pink Dot 2011 (c) 2011 by John Goss

    The government has been officially hiring open homosexuals into the civil service for years now and gay and lesbian talents are sought after in the work force as the country strives to maintain its Asian "tiger" status. This new pragmatism seems set to continue.

Singapore rainbow kueh lapis (c) 2013 by John Goss

    In fact, Singapore has one of Asia's hottest gay scenes going. Nobody would have predicted a decade ago that Bangkok would become dully conservative while Singapore would ascend to the wild heights last explored by the party men of 1970s San Francisco. Nobody but us. Singapore (along with Tokyo) has always been one of those round-the-clock gay fun factories, only now its scene has moved indoors from serene tropical cruise beaches, steamy inner-city jungle gardens, parking garages and and shadowy alleys. Unfortunately, along with this shift into high homo gear has come yet another young generation who think they invented partying and are somehow immune to the effects of drugs and STDs.

    The population of Singapore is over 5.5 million people, which means that more than 220,000 Utopians live on this island along with an even larger number of self-professed metrosexual bi guys and gals who also participate in the local scene.

  • Additional links for Singapore GLBT information.

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Singapore:

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Articles and Publications

  • Singapore Laws Pertaining to Gays, an interesting posting from SiGNeL.

  • A "scary/gross" expose on gay cruising from the Malay-language newspaper, Berita Harian.

  • Groundbreaking Singapore publications with GLBT themes:

    • Abraham's Promise by Philip Jeyaratnam

    • Blame It On The Raging Hormones by Nathan Goh

    • Corridor: 12 Short Stories by Alfian Sa'at (Raffles Editions)

    • Andrew Koh's prize winning novella, Glass Cathedral

    • OG Magazine
        Now defunct, this world-famous Asian gay magazine was published in Singapore, believe it or not!

    • Peculiar Chris by Johann S. Lee

    • The Rainbow Connection (The Internet and the Singapore Gay Community) published by KangCuBine Publishing, Pte Ltd.

    • Sisterhood and New Moon Over San Francisco by Joash Moo


Businesses


Organizations

  • AIDS/HIV organizations and information

  • Indignation UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2012

      Singapore's first public gay pride festival took place in Aug 2005 and has become an annual event with larger premises and broader programs. The name is a foil to Singapore's melting pot National Day celebration, with its indigenous GLBT citizens indignant at being criminalized and discriminated against.<
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  • Oogachaga Counseling and Support UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2016, UTOPIA VISITED SEP 2013
      57B Pagoda St, Utopia Map
      hotline: 6268-6626 (Tue-Thu 7-10pm and Sat 2-6pm), FAX 6399-4255, email

      Founded in 1999, Oogachaga is Singapore's only community-based organisation specialised in counseling and support for GLBT. It runs a hotline, an affordable face-to-face counseling service, support group and informative workshops and talks.
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  • Pelangi Pride Center UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2016
      56 Lorong 23 Geylang #03-00 Century Technology Building
      email

      Established in collaboration with HIV/STI prevention programs of AfA. The center is comprised of a library of 700+ GLBT-themed books (open for browsing/borrowing, enquire for times). They also offer counseling and referrals for medical, legal and other services.
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  • Pink Dot UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2016

      Pink Dot Sg is a non-profit movement for everyone, straight and gay, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love. Pink Dot stands for an open, inclusive society where sexual orientation represents a feature, not a barrier. They organize an annual public gathering to form a giant pink dot, to say "we are here," visible to satellite cameras circling the earth.
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      Click here for pictures and a special report from
      Pink Dot 2011.


Travel Services


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Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs


Discos


Fitness


Galleries

Karaoke


Massage and Spas


Meeting Places

    Singapore has one of the most vibrant cruising scenes in the region. In general, let locals make the first move. Contacts you make in public are at your own risk. Be discreet.


 Restaurants and Cafes

      CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

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    • Ah Chew Desserts
        1 Liang Seah St, #01-11 Liang Seah Place, Utopia Map
        6339-8198

        One of the jewels on this dining street of preserved heritage shophouses, Ah Chew (gesundheit!) specializes in traditional local happy endings surrounded by pure oriental kitch ambience. Dig into cups of warm almond or black sesame "pudding", mango slices and tapioca balls in coconut milk with crushed ice, or multi-textured taste treats mixed up from ingredients like crunchy water chestnuts, peanut sauce, pungent durian, juicy jack fruit, and green "worms." Closed Mon.
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      CHINATOWN

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    • Maxwell Food Centre UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        5-way intersection at Maxwell, Tanjong Pagar, Neil and South Bridge Rds, Utopia Map

        The crowd at this popular hawker center becomes 50% gay after midnight on clubs nights as partiers from nearby bars and discos refuel.
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    • Nanyang Old Coffee UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        On the corner of Smith St and South Bridge Rd, Utopia Map

        Traditional Singapore coffee with subtle caramel flavor, hot or cold. Traditional snacks including some of the best pork bao on the planet. Who knew a half-boiled egg with a drizzle of sticky, black soy sauce would go to great with coffee!
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    • Red Star (dim sum) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        07-23 Blk 54 Chin Swee Rd, Utopia Map
        6532-5266

        We're going to let you in on a well-kept secret, so promise not to tell anyone, OK? This old fashioned dim sum restaurant is hidden inside of a block of flats near the non-touristy section of Chinatown and is a super popular place with locals for yum cha feasts on a wide selection of goodies carted around the room. Alas, they redecorated in 2007 -- with mundane, mismatched and misguided decor -- wiping out 90% of this restaurant's former retro charm (sorry Wallpaper, you didn't get here fast enough). The only remaining bit of historical kitch is the revolutionary red star motif on the ceiling from way way back when Mao was an icon. Still it' remains an unpretentious place to savor top-notch no-fuss ever-popular taste treats with your good comrades.
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    • Tea Chapter (traditional Chinese tea house) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        9A-9B Neil Rd, Utopia Map
        6226-1175. 11am-11pm Tue-Sun, 7pm-11pm Mondays

        Rustic setting in a restored shophouse. Countless varieties of tea to try, all with properties and poetic names. Learn to prepare tea in the Chinese style. A unique place to relax with a group of friends.
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    • Tong Heng (traditional Chinese pastries) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        285 Southbridge Rd, Utopia Map
        6223-3649

        This foodie shrine serves up more than a dozen types of traditional sweets including their famous diamond-shaped egg custard tart, savory pastries, and seasonal holiday sweets such as Dragon Boat Festival rice dumplings and mid-Autumn mooncakes. Best of all, they spent 6 months researching and producing fabulous wall-mounted panels describing the history of each and every heritage treat. This unpretentious shop is a Singapore superlative. They also have the most strange and wonderful thing you've (possibly) ever put in your mouth: sweet and chewy cookies glazed with salty pork juice!
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    • Village Wok
        80/82 Telok Ayer St #01-01, Utopia Map
        6743-9743

        Their business card says "Singapore's only Old Canton Village cuisine and restaurant cum sauce boutique." We didn't try the cum sauce, but did love their do-it-yourself "wet" spring rolls. You order a variety of delicious ingredients, savory and sweet sauces, plus moist filling that makes these stand out from the average spring roll. After dining, be sure to visit the beautifully restored temple next door and view the diorama of Singapore life when this street was once at the ocean's edge.
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      ORCHARD ROAD

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    • Bricks N Cubes (western) UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2015

    • Newton Circus (hawker center)
        Near the Newton MRT station, Utopia Map

        World-famous and very touristy. Every section of city has its own hawker center. Many regional specialties can be found. Get a table, then order from any booth you fancy. Food paradise.
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      OTHER AREAS

    • East Coast Parkway Seafood Centre UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        Utopia Map

        Take a taxi. Sit near the ocean at any one of the large open-air establishments. Great, fresh seafood. Don't miss the sweet and crunchy fried baby squid, pepper crab (ask for female crabs because they come with their own caviar), grilled prawns, and drunken prawns (brought to the table sober, they are dropped, skittering, into a clear bowl containing liquor so that they're feeling no pain when its time for the cooking pot). End the meal with a warm pudding of yam paste and coconut milk topped with ginko nuts.
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    • The Garden Slug (international) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2012
        55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, #01-59/61 Bright Centre (on Lorong L a few shops down from the intersection), Utopia Map
        9006-4163, email

        This gay and lesbian-run local diner serves hearty, wholesome, home-cooked fare such as soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and sweets (try their signature Brownie Popsicle!). There are also dishes to please vegetarians. Very casual and unpretentious. Free Wi-fi, community bookshelf and pet-friendly! Resonably priced. Also available for special events and functions. See map and directions on their website.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT off regular menu items (not valid with other promotions/discounts).
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    • Gobi Desserts UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2015
        350 Joo Chiat Rd, Utopia Map
        6345-2127, email

        Transgender-owned, LGBT-friendly eatery serving French desserts in the foodie East Coast Rd area. Try their innovative Poire William Crème Brulee, a signature cognac-soaked pear dessert. SGGURLS, a transgender group meets here informally every month.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT on presentation of member card.
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      Katong laksa UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2015
        G/F Roxy Square (a couple of food stalls in from the door facing East Coast Rd), Utopia Map

        Billed as "The Original Katong Spoon Laksa," who could argue when presented with a picture perfect bowl of this delish gift to world cuisine. The cheap price is almost as thrilling as the flavors steaming up from the broth. Warm coconut milk with prawn and chili paste envelops chewy noodles and bee hoon topped with shrimp slices, tender smoked cockles and savory chopped keffir lime leaf. No shame, must order one more, lah! Also, tried the banana-leaf steamed mackerel otah from the neighboring stall.
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    • Rock N Ash UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2015


Saunas


Shops and Salons

      CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

    • Actually... UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2013
        2/F 29A Seah St (in a refurbished shophouse next to Raffles Hotel, one block from Raffle's City), Utopia Map
        6336-7298, FAX 6336-7298, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly concept boutique that offers killer premium jeans, tees, bags and essential accessories. Brand queens ahoy: they feature Freitag, Tretorn, GSUS, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Headquarter, etc. Check out their original bags made from recycled advertising tarps! Same owners as WOOONDERLAND.
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    • CALEO UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016


      CHINATOWN

    • Herb & Stone UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2012
        75 Tras St, #01-01, Utopia Map
        8138-1929, email

        Gay-owned, holistic wellness practice specializing in natural and energetic treatments and products. Homeobotanical therapy, crystal resonance therapy, homeopathic-herbal tinctures, flower essences, and more. They offer an alternative option for the discerning person who would like to seek a more gentle but effective way of healing the mind and body.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT off all services & products.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Pimabs UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2012
        20A Cavan Rd
        6538-6466, email

        In the row of heritage shophouses facing the river and waterfront dining pavilions. Pimabs means Perennial Image Management And Bespoke Services, but you may come to call it "essential" when it comes to personal style. Their men's fashion boutique specializes in custom-made clothing and image consultation to polish your overall appearance. They will analyze your individual skin undertone to select the best colors and fabrics for you, giving expert advice on dos and don'ts to compliment your original style. The warm environment is filled with mid-century modern and classic retro touches, featuring showcases of accessories and racks of ready-to-wear fashion-forward garments favored by celebrities, fashion models and trend-setters. From an expertly detailed tux to boldly colored and textured red-carpet looks, Pimabs is a one-stop haven for those who appreciate a well-tailored lifestyle. For bespoke clothing, please visit for measurements and consultation when you first arrive in town, as custom garments will take some days to complete.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on all custom-made shirts.
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      ORCHARD ROAD

      Male-HQ UTOPIA VISITED MAR 2016
        #02-06, 21 Cuscaden Rd, Ming Arcade (opposite Hard Rock Cafe), Utopia Map
        6737-3543, email

        Gay-friendly, multi-label men's lifestyle store. They curate leading underwear and swimwear brands such as TOOT, GX3, C-IN2, Andrew Christian, STUD, Very STUD, Groovin', 2EROS, Hunter & Crew, Teron, Exponent, and more. They also carry a specially curated collection of socks from Los Angeles' Unsimply Stitched. To help men look their best, they stock cult grooming brands such as Evolution Man, Task Essential, TOM ROBINN, and BRAD Biophotonic. Worth checking out also is a new collection of specially curated adult toys including Tenga and Toy's Heart from Japan, Rocks-Off from the UK, Gläs and Blueline from New York, pjur from Germany, ID Lube from Los Angeles, as well as specialty premium condoms from Japan. Also on display is a gallery exhibition of artistic Asian male nudes. Worth checking out also is a new collection of specially curated adult toys including Tenga and Toy's Heart from Japan, Rocks-Off from the UK, Gläs and Blueline from New York, pjur from Germany, ID Lube from Los Angeles, as well as specialty premium condoms from Japan. Also on display is a gallery exhibition of artistic Asian male nudes.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT with every purchase of S$50 or more in one receipt (excluding artwork).
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      OTHER AREAS

    • Andrew Christian Singapore/Hong Kong UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2011

    • Beauticove UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2013

    • haar Attic, the salon

    • The Jock Shop UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2016

    • Skin Expert UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2016
        #03-65 People's Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross St (Chinatown MRT Exit D)
        8195-4898, email

        Gay-friendly professional men's skin care and grooming specialist. Treatments include facials, acne, anti-aging, collagen, dry skin, eye, oil control, pore minimizing, sensitive skin, skin whitening, blackhead extraction, eye brow trimming, ear candling, milia extraction, stomach candling. Last appointment booking at 6:30pm.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 1-FOR-1 OIL CCONTROL FACIAL TREATMENT at S$68 Net.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • SMZ RBSHOP UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2013



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