Singapore opens first help gay community centre
December 8, 2003
SINGAPORE — Singapore's first ever help center catered specially to the
needs of gays and lesbians opened over the weekend in another sign
of the city-state's increasing tolerance of the homosexual
The Pelangi Pride Center, officially opened on Saturday, will
offer phone counselling services and recommend gay-friendly medical
and legal service providers, said Fridae.com, Asia's leading gay
It also has a library featuring fiction and non-fiction books
about homosexuality, Fridae.com said on its website.
The center was set up by the Action for AIDS group, a local
charity organization managed by volunteers whose aims include
helping AIDS and HIV sufferers.
Homosexual acts are still outlawed in Singapore but Prime
Minister Goh Chok Tong signaled his government's increasingly
tolerant approach to the issue when he announced this year that
gays would be allowed to work in the civil service.
The city-state is also gaining a reputation as a gay
entertainment hub with several gay-friendly clubs, karaoke pubs,
saunas, restaurants and fashion outlets. –Sapa-AFP
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