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Gay Guide Singapore
Notwithstanding a highly visible campaign in 2007 to rescind article 377A prohibiting anal and oral sex between males, said article remains in force, even if the prime minister himself declared it to be a mere symbol of "a conservative society" and made reassurances that homosexuals would not be prosecuted. Abolishing the law could give off the wrong signal at the moment, he continued, as it was only a question of time until homosexuals would also demand the right to marry and adopt children. An attempt to challenge this law before the Supreme Court was thrown out in 2013. The court reasoned that social changes are no matter for judges, and that parliament should be tasked with deciding if societal norms are to be upheld or abolished. The challenge was then accepted after all in 2014. On 29 October 2014, Article 377A was ruled to be constitutional and no infringement of the basic right to life and liberty, dealing a serious blow to gay rights. In recent years, the attitude in Singapore towards gay men has swung from extreme to extreme. From 2001 to 2004, it appeared as if the government's stance had softened, evidenced by events such as NATION (held on the eve of Singapore's National Day in August), recognised by Time Magazine and Wall St Journal as Asia's largest gay circuit party. However, this has changed since end of 2004 when the government has inexplicably hardened its position. Gay life still appears to be bubbling and very active, leading many visitors to comment that Singapore streets are "the cruisiest in all of Asia". In 2015 Singapore lifted the entry ban for people who are HIV positive.
Cities in Singapore
Name: Singapur · Singapour
Location: Southeast Asia
International country code: 65 (no area codes)
International access code: 001
Language: English (official language), Mandarin, Malay, Tamil
Area: 710 km² / 274 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Singapore Dollar (S$) = 100 Cents
Religions: 33% Buddhist, 15% Muslim, 18% Christian, 11% Daoist
Climate: Hot and tropical climate, humid with some rainy periods from mid August to mid Oct.
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