While Singapore is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Asia, it also sends a bit of mixed messages when it comes to gay travel and gay tourism – that’s why yec.com rarely includes it in our travel recommendations. While being gay is officially illegal in Singapore, the government doesn’t actually enforce that law in practice. Hence, there are gay clubs and pretty developed gay life in this city-state – but that might just with a shift towards conservative attitudes that’s been happening recently.
Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (of interior) has recently issued a statement that it will “take steps to make it clear that foreign entities should not fund, support or influence” – in practice, it’s a big slap for foreign companies which support Singapore’s version of Gay Pride, called Pink Dot.
The companies that have sponsored Pink Dot are Google, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Facebook, Visa and General Electric – and these business behemoths usually don’t like to be told what charity event to support or not. Punk Dot’s representatives have stated: “Our Corporate Sponsors that have supported us over the years are all registered and incorporated in Singapore. We are fortunate to count among them admired household names, employers of choice for a sizeable portion of our workforce, inextricably linked with and fully a part of this beautiful fabric we call home.”