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Steamy online gay drama returns for second season in Singapore

Steamy online gay drama returns for second season in Singapore

People Like Us follows the lives of four gay men in Singapore (Photo: YouTube)

Singapore’s first online gay drama returned for a second season this week.

People Like Us follows the lives of four gay men—Joel, Ridzwan, Rai, and Isaac—living in Singapore.

In the episode, Rai runs into someone he met at army camp while Isaac hooks up with someone at his party.

Meanwhile, Joel finally introduces his mother to boyfriend Ridzwan.

Writer and director Leon Cheo previously said he wanted to introduce LGBTI issues to a mainstream audience.

Cheo also tried to keep the series as authentic as possible. A lot of the character plotlines are based on real experiences.

Cheo filmed the show at actual locations in Singapore, it’s gay bars, gyms, shopping streets, and saunas.

The first episode of season two features scenes at Singapore’s largest LGBTI festival, Pink Dot.

Gayhealth presents the series. The organization offers advice and support on coming out, HIV and STIs, and drug use.

Each episode is followed by a brief conversation on an issue affecting the gay community in Singapore.

Section 377A

Gay sex is illegal in Singapore under Section 377A of the colonial-era penal code. It is a similar law that India dismantled in September last year.

After India’s supreme court ruling, there were calls in Singapore to abolish the law. Activists launched a petition to repeal Section 377A.

But, more people signed a petition to retain the rights-abusing law. What’s more, a survey found the majority of Singaporeans support Section 377A.

A local DJ, however, is taking Singapore’s government to court over the law. He and his lawyers argue it is unconstitutional.

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