Introduction[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Abrahamic religions[edit | edit source]

Christianity[edit | edit source]

Islam[edit | edit source]

Judaism[edit | edit source]

Eastern religions[edit | edit source]

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.

Buddhism[edit | edit source]

Daoism[edit | edit source]

Hinduism[edit | edit source]

Confucianism[edit | edit source]

Arguments against religious proscriptions[edit | edit source]

Secular insecurity[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • 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]
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