SINGAPORE CONDUCTS FIRST EVER PUBLIC SURVEY ON LGBT ISSUES

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03/24/2022

A Singapore government survey seeking feedback from the public about LGBTQI issues and section 377A that criminalises same-sex relationships has received over 30,000 responses. According to the Strait Times, the “overwhelming” response to the survey that closed on March 23 exceeded other surveys carried out by the government’s feedback unit REACH. The survey follows the country’s top court refusing to strike down section 377A and leaving it to the Parliament to repeal the law. Subsequently, on March 3, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told the Parliament that the government was looking to the best way forward with regards to the law. “We must respect the different viewpoints, consider them carefully, talk to the different groups. If and when we decide to move, we will do so in a way that continues to balance these different viewpoints and avoids causing a sudden, destabilising change in social norms and public expectations,” said the Minister.

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