Gay Travel Singapore
Gay Singapore comes with a very conflicted and confused history. The name of the city instills images of an incredibly rigid, strict, and controlling society or as many call it “Disneyland with the death penalty”. In Singapore gay / homosexual activity is considered to be illegal though it is no longer as strictly enforced. The LGBT population has slowly been gaining more traction in Singapore over the last decade with the first ever public Gay Pride Festival that occurred in August of 2005. Although Singapore has its faults, it is still one of the cities at the top of our must visit destination list. There are so many things to do and so many things to see that any gay traveler would find it hard to be bored here.
Singapore is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. There are over 5 million people crowded onto a single small island which is quite miraculous. Nearly half of the population on the island is foreign born, so if you visit Singapore you are more than likely to meet travelers from all parts of the world. Singapore was originally founded as a British trading colony in 1819. Nowadays it has grown to become one of the richest and most prosperous countries in the world; the country is an international hub and holds the world’s busiest port.
You might be surprised at how clean this country actually is, especially with its radically dense population. On your arrival, expect a clean and orderly experience, Singapore is known to be one of the cleanest cities in the world. Currently, there is an interesting law that calls for a chewing gum ban so that residents wouldn’t be able to stick their used up chewing up on the floors, and other unappealing places. This law was called into effect after chewing gum was being left in keyholes, mailboxes, stairs, tables, and streets.
Singapore has a very efficient metropolitan transport system, getting around the city should be no problem at all. Taxis are an abundance in Singapore, you can catch a taxi or a bus for a very inexpensive fare.
In 2007, a big step for the LGBT community was made, the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the Parliament that “We recognize that homosexuals are part of our society. They have a place in our society and are entitles to their private lives”. Since that speech was made, LGBT business owners have had the courage to become more vocal and seen. As a result, the gay Singapore scene has been rapidly growing and gaining momentum. However, just because the gay scene is growing does not mean that the country has become relaxed. Singapore still remains to be a rigid and strict society with very traditional values.