Singapore is one of three remaining true city-states in the world. It is the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. It is the 6th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. The population of Singapore is approximately 4.6 million. Though Singapore is highly cosmopolitan and diverse, ethnic Chinese form the majority of the population. English is the administrative language of the country.

Homosexual sex is illegal in Singapore although virtually no gay person has been recently arrested for being so. Constitutional rights for gay people are nonexistent for the most part, and penalties for crimes relating to homosexual acts is up to 2 year’s jail. However, in October 2007, during the Penal Code review and repeal of section 377, the Singapore government declared that private, consensual, adult homosexual sex would no longer be prosecuted but that its illegality would remain as a statement of the values of the "conservative majority".

Nevertheless, the gay commimnity and the government continue their cat-and-mouse game as gays actively press for equal rights and hold events that play on the edge of the government’s limited tolerance. Asia’s major LGBT website – Fridae.com – is organized in Singapore.



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Boat Quay and skyscrapers
Boat Quay and skyscrapers...
National Museum with sculptures
National Museum with sculptures...
Train station (only to Malaysia)
Train station (only to Malaysia)...
Raffles Hotel lobby
Raffles Hotel lobby...
Ad for sports coaching
Ad for sports coaching...
Bus passing a bush
Bus passing a bush...
Bus with fighter plane ad
Bus with fighter plane ad...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Entry flags to Jurong Bird Park
Entry flags to Jurong Bird Park...
Entry wall to Jurong Bird Park
Entry wall to Jurong Bird Park...
Family visitors to Jurong Bird Park
Family visitors to Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Monorail in Jurong Bird Park
Monorail in Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park (scarlet ibis)
Jurong Bird Park (scarlet ibis)...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park...
Jurong Bird Park (scarlet ibis)
Jurong Bird Park (scarlet ibis)...
Ad for Backstage bar
Ad for Backstage bar...
Backstage bar interior
Backstage bar interior...
Ad for Igor's cabaret
Ad for Igor's cabaret...
Kumar' drag show performer
Kumar' drag show performer...
Hotel guy on lounge
Hotel guy on lounge...
Ad for make-up salon
Ad for make-up salon...
Mr. Singapore
Mr. Singapore...
Ad for lesbian play 'Stop Kiss'
Ad for lesbian play 'Stop Kiss'...
Ad for Japanese film 'Waterboys'
Ad for Japanese film 'Waterboys'...
CPIB building
CPIB building...
Muslim couple at East Coast Park
Muslim couple at East Coast Park...
Muslim family at East Coast Park
Muslim family at East Coast Park...
Guy friends at East Coast Park
Guy friends at East Coast Park...
Surfers at East Coast Park
Surfers at East Coast Park...
Cargo ships off East Coast Park
Cargo ships off East Coast Park...
Fresh water pipelines from Malaysia
Fresh water pipelines from Malaysia...