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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    Ambiguous
    Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #26 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(26.1%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (73.9%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #45 out of 79 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(59.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (16.9%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #35 out of 74 regions surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(39.2%) Disagree
Agree (28%)

By The Numbers

28%
believe that Singaporeans should be able to participate in same-sex relationships
38%
DO NOT believe that Singaporeans should be able to participate in same-sex relationships
(Ipsos, 2018)
72.9%
of Singaporeans are against same-sex marriage
78.2%
of Singaporeans feel that sexual relations between same-sex adults is always or almost always wrong

History

Homosexual activity in Singapore

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Homosexual activity in Singapore is legal.

Current status
Since Nov 29, 2022
Legal
On 21 August 2022, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced at the National Day Rally that the Government will repeal section 377A. Later, on the 29 November 2022, the Singaporean parliament voted to decriminalise gay sex.
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Until Nov 29, 2022
Male illegal, female legal
Offenders can face a penalty of imprisonment of up to 2 years.
Penal Code, Chapter XVI, Article 377A (Decriminalization pending)
Sources:
Penal Code (Cap. 224, 1985 Rev. Ed.)
sg.news.yahoo.com/america-l…

statutes.agc.gov.sg/aol/sea…page=0;query=DocId%3A%22025e7646-947b-462c-b557-60aa55dc7b42%22%20Status%3Ainforce%20Depth%3A0;rec=0
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Same-sex marriage in Singapore

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Same-sex marriage in Singapore is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Aug 21, 2022
Unrecognized
At the same time as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the clause in the penal code known as Section 377A would be repealed, he reiterated that the institution of marriage would remain "between a man and a woman".
Further restrictions were imposed on gay marriage in Singapore on Nov 29th the same year.
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Sep 8, 2018–Aug 21, 2022
Not legal
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Singapore.
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Jan 1, 1999–Sep 8, 2018
Unrecognized
No laws in the legal system.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Singapore

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Singapore is no censorship.

Current status
Since Nov 29, 2022
No censorship
LGBT media has no censorship since legalization
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Until Nov 29, 2022
Ambiguous
Local media often encourages "familial social norms", but LGBT film and media content are common and not banned, although it often warrants higher age ratings.
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Until 2000
State-enforced
Over the decades, LGBTQ film and content on local media was liberalised.
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Right to change legal gender in Singapore

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Right to change legal gender in Singapore is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since Jan 24, 1996
Legal, but requires surgery
Gender reassignment surgeries are legal in Singapore, and in 1973 the government allowed patients to change their identity cards. This change implicitly recognized marriages that included an individual that had undergone surgery.

However, later in 1990, such marriages were deemed illegal after a marriage between a woman and a transgender man (Lim Ying v Hiok Kian Ming Eric) was declared void by the High Court.

In 1996, MP Abdullah Tarmugi made an announcement that individuals who have undergone surgery could marry someone of the opposite sex.
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Jan 24, 1996–Sep 7, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Requires surgery to changes documents. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Singapore

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Singapore is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Singapore

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LGBT discrimination in Singapore is illegal in some contexts.

Current status
Since Oct 7, 2019
Illegal in some contexts
The Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act (MRHA) was amended in 2019 to include protections for individuals from the LGBTQ community.

In 2021, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam stated that “LGBTQ persons, non-LGBTQ persons, we are all equal. We are not any lesser by reason of our sexual preferences.”
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LGBT employment discrimination in Singapore

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LGBT employment discrimination in Singapore is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
It is generally ambiguous whether protections from the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act (MRHA) amendment in 2019 also applies in a workplace context.

In 2021, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam stated that “LGBTQ persons, non-LGBTQ persons, we are all equal. We are not any lesser by reason of our sexual preferences.” and added that action will be taken if anyone stirs hate speech either for or against any sexual or religious community.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Singapore

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LGBT housing discrimination in Singapore is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
No laws ban or have no protections.
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Same-sex adoption in Singapore

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Same-sex adoption in Singapore is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
In 2018, a gay Singaporean man won a landmark appeal in the local court to adopt a surrogate child.
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Jan 1, 1990–Sep 1, 2018
Single only
No laws for same sex couples.
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Serving openly in military in Singapore

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Serving openly in military in Singapore is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2017
Legal
No restrictions on lgbt serving.
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Until Jan 1, 2017
Ambiguous
Medically downgraded to a Physical Employment Status of C (PES C), and put through modified Basic Military Training. On graduation, they are deployed in a vocation which has no security risks, posted to non-sensitive units and given a security status which restricts their access to classified documents.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Singapore

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Blood donations by MSMs in Singapore is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Indefinite for Males; 1 Year for Females.
Sources:
web.archive.org/web/2016061…//www.hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Blood_Services/Blood_Donation/Can_I_Donate/When_Not_to_Donate/About_AIDS_and_HIV.html

hsa.gov.sg/blood-donation/c…
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Conversion therapy in Singapore

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Conversion therapy in Singapore is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
In 2021, the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) denounced conversion therapy, and advocates affirmative treatment for LGBTQ clients.
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Equal age of consent in Singapore

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Equal age of consent in Singapore is equal.

Current status
Equal
The age of consent in Singapore is 16 for opposite-sex sexual activity, female-female sexual activity and male-male sexual activity.
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