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LGBT Rights in Singapore

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ Illegal in some contexts
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ Sexual orientation only
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal

Recent surveys in Singapore have revealed a mixed response towards LGBTQ+ rights and issues.

Singapore Surveys

(Ipsos, 2018)
believe that Singaporeans should be able to participate in same-sex relationships
DO NOT believe that Singaporeans should be able to participate in same-sex relationships

of Singaporeans are against same-sex marriage

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 29th of November 2022, the Singaporean parliament voted in favor of decriminalising 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as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the clause in the penal code known as Section 377A would be repealed, he reiterated that the institution of marriage would remain "between a man and a woman".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.
Sources:
www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2022/9/6/marriage-definition-raises-new-concerns-for-lgbtq-singaporeans

dw.com/en/singapore-parliam…
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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 state-enforced.

Current status
Since Nov 29, 2022
State-enforced
LGBT topics are censored in media and education by the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Infocomm Media Development Authority.
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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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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 sexual orientation only.

Current status
Sexual orientation only
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 no protections.

Current status
No protections
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 single only.

Current status
Single only
Limited rights
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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 deferral 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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LGBT Rights by District

View the LGBT laws in each individual district of Singapore.