A poll of social attitudes funded by the Government of Singapore has found that most people are either opposed or lukewarm when it comes to LGBT rights – though the younger generation are more open minded
A year long survey of Singaporean social attitudes has found that the South East Asian island nation has a long way to go in terms of accepting LGBT people.
The Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) survey reported back a year to the date that it was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and sought the opinion of a representative sample of 4,000 ordinary Singaporeans on a range of issues.
The survey found 37% of those surveyed said they rejected ‘gay lifestyles,’ while 27% felt neutral on the issue.
Only 26% said they were accepting of a ‘gay lifestyle.’
On the issue of same-sex marriage Singaporeans were even less supportive, with 55% opposed and only 21% in favor of them.
However younger and better educated Singaporeans were the most supportive.
Singaporeans aged 20 to 34 were the most supportive cohort on both questions, with 15 to 19-year-olds the next most supportive.
Singaporeans who were over 70 were the most opposed.
Those with no formal or only some primary school education were the most likely to be very opposed to LGBT issues, with support highest among those who had a Polytechic or University level of education.
However in no age or education group were supporters a majority.
Singapore’s High Court is scheduled to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of Singapore’s Section 377A sodomy law in December.
Singaporean lawmakers have failed to scrap the law despite even the country’s influential first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, saying it should go.
Yew lead the country from 1959 until 1988 and remained as a mentor figure within the cabinet until May of 2011. His son, Lee Hsien Loong is the current prime minister of Singapore.
Gay Star News has sought comment from Pink Dot Sg in reaction to the OSC results.
Despite Section 377A, 21,000 took part in this year’s Pink Dot festival in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park in June – the biggest crowd yet.