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Homophobia in Singapore stems from two main factors derived from the cultural characteristics of her population: 1) religious proscriptions and 2) secular insecurity.

There are numerous websites featuring homophobic and counter-homophobic arguments. This article focuses on statements actually made by Singaporeans themselves.

Religious proscriptions[]

Abrahamic religions[]




Eastern religions[]

The Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Daoism and Buddhism have ideologically and historically been much more tolerant of homosexuality than their Abrahamic or Middle Eastern counterparts.





Arguments against religious proscriptions[]

Secular insecurity[]

Being historically an immigrant nation, insecure about economic survival and anxious to ensure the continuity of an intact society, the following categories of arguments have often been voiced by Singaporeans to maintain institutionalised homophobia:

Arguments against secular insecurity[]

External links[]

  • An archive of the homophobic and counter-homophobic arguments made in the online Remaking Singapore forum: [1],[2],[3]and[4].
  • Alex Au's lecture at the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) forum entitled "Legislating Sexual Behaviour- Should the State be in our Bedrooms?" on 29 March 2004: [5]
  • Question & Answer session, following the above lecture:[6]
  • Account of homophobic bullying faced by an ex-schoolboy in Singapore schools:[15]
  • "Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?", J Abnorm Psychol. 1996 Aug;105(3):440-5.[16]
  • "Homophobes Might Be Secretly Attracted To People Of The Same Sex", 9 April 2012, International Business Times.[17]
  • "Homophobic Attitudes Likely To Be Stronger Among Those Who Have Repressed Same-Sex Attraction: Report", 9 April 2012, Huffington Post.[18]
  • "Leading Psychiatrist Apologizes for Study Supporting Gay ‘Cure’", 18 May 2012, The New York Times.[19]