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Encyclopedia > Homosexuality in Singapore

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Statistical problems

There are no statistics on how many homosexuals there are in Singapore or what percentage of the population they constitute. The main reason for this is that section 377 of the Singapore Penal Code criminalizes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" which includes even consensual, private, adult homosexual acts. The penalties are either: Section 377 (Unnatural offences) of CHAPTER XVI (OFFENCES AFFECTING THE HUMAN BODY) of the Singapore Penal Code (Cap. ...

  • life imprisonment, or
  • imprisonment for up to 10 years with or without a fine.

The 2000 U.S. decennial census estimated (by extrapolation from hard data) that the proportion of gay men in America was 2.5 percent and of lesbians, 1.2 percent (source: Scientific American, March 2005 issue, page 20, 'Gay and Lesbian Census' by Rodger Doyle [1]) even though socio-psychological studies from the Kinsey era to the present day show that the same percentages of those claiming greater erotic attraction for the same sex were 7.7 for men and 7.5 for women.[citation needed] Scientific American is a popular-science magazine, published monthly since August 28, 1845, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. ... Kinsey can refer to: Alfred Kinsey, entomologist and father of the field of sexology Kinsey, the 2004 film about Alfred Kinsey This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The latest study done by the British civil service in December 2005 using actuarial tables and estimates supplied by the Department of Trade and Industry reported the figure for gay people in the UK as being 3.6 million or 6 percent of the population [2].


On 26 December 2005, China Daily reported that Zhang Beichuan, China's foremost expert on homosexuality estimated, according to statistics, that the number of gays in the Peoples' Republic was between 39 and 52 million, or 3 to 4 percent of the population [3].


Figures in Singapore may be broadly similar.

  • Read PLU3's review of previous international studies: [4]

Available statistics

In 2001, Fridae, Asia's largest English language-LGBT web portal, polled its gay and lesbian members residing in Singapore[5]. Of the 595 respondents, 39% declared that they were "attached" or "living with a partner." 40% of the respondents who were in relationships had been with the same partner for more than 6 months. World map showing the location of Asia. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ...


A high proportion of respondents lived with their parents, while only 22% owned or rented their homes. This was despite the relatively high income levels of the respondents, with 50% earning more than S$80,000 (US$47,000) per annum – 20% reporting income levels of more than S$180,000 per annum, 11% between S$120,000 to S$180,000 and 19% between S$80,000 to S$120,000.


In general, online surveys tend to be less representative of the broader population than scientifically conducted random surveys, because of significant participation bias toward computer users and those disproportionately interested in the topic.


History

Main article: Singapore gay history

See also: This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...

External links: Homosexual sex is illegal in Singapore. ...

Singapore gay culture

See also:

External links: Singapore gay literature covers LGBT-related writing in Singapore and include plays, novels, short stories and poetry. ... // Introduction It was only in the second half of the 1980s that gay writers started to explore the hitherto taboo area of homosexuality in their works. ... // Introduction In contrast to the numerous local theatre productions dealing with LGBT subject matter which have burgeoned since the late 1980s (see Singapore gay theatre), there is to date not a single film entirely produced by Singaporeans in Singapore belonging to this genre. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... // Past Restrictions On 15 July 1996, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) issued Notification no. ... // Historical Real world Yagga Yagga support group - one of the first support groups for gay men ever to be organised in Singapore, it was targetted at men who embraced their sexuality late in life. ... // 1998 The 1st Singapore AIDS conference Held on 12 December 1998 at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the landmark event was totally organised by volunteers from Action for AIDS (AfA) and the Communicable Disease Centre/Tan Tock Seng Hospital. ... Public gay mega-parties, exemplified by the iconic Nation parties held annually in Singapore since 2001 are not merely commercial events held for LGBT recreation but also socio-political statements of significance in Singapore gay history and milestones in Singapores human rights record. ... // Introduction Not immediately apparent to Singapores mainstream society is the fact that the gay community sees itself as a totally separate entity from the transgender communities (often also referred to as transvestite and transexual communities). ...

Singapore gay personalities

(See the main article Singapore gay personalities for more information, pictures and links.)


Historical

Paddy Chew

Main article: Paddy Chew

Chew was the first Singaporean to publicly declare his HIV-positive status, thus giving a face to an affliction which mainstream society considered remote from possible encounter. He came out on 12 Dec 1998 during the First National AIDS Conference in Singapore. He identified his orientation as bisexual. // Idyllic early life Paddy Chew was born on 29 March 1960. ... Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a retrovirus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. ... Bisexual redirects here. ...


His plight was dramatised in a play called "Completely With/Out Character" produced by The Necessary Stage, directed by Alvin Tan and written by Haresh Sharma, staged from 10-17 May 1999. He died on 21 Aug 1999, shortly after the play's run ended.


Arthur Yap

Main article: Arthur Yap

Yap was arguably Singapore's finest poet, influential amongst the later generations of Singaporean writers. He died of naso-pharyngeal carcinoma on 19 June 2006. Arthur Yap (b. ...

Alex Au Wai Pang, equally well known by his electronic nom-de-plume as Yawning Bread, is regarded by many to be the founding father of the Singaporean struggle for gay equality. ...

Contemporary

The following categorisations are arbitrary as most of the LGB individuals listed are active in more than one field. Transgender personalities and cross-dressing artistes are listed in the main article Transgender people in Singapore. LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ... // Introduction Not immediately apparent to Singapores mainstream society is the fact that the gay community sees itself as a totally separate entity from the transgender communities (often also referred to as transvestite and transexual communities). ...


Activists

Main article: Alex Au
  • Kelvin Wong (see Yahoo! profile, blog), the main activist who spearheaded local gay Buddhist and sports organisations. Wong also holds the post of secretary of the pro-tem committee of People Like Us 3.
  • Eileena Lee (see Fridae interview,Yahoo! profile), Singapore's most well-known lesbian activist. Lee was instrumental in the setting up of RedQueen!, Singapore's main lesbian mailing list, Looking Glass, a counselling service for lesbians in emotional distress and Pelangi Pride Centre. She relinquished her appointment as the president of the pro-tem committee of People Like Us 3 in 2006 but continues to build a bridge between the lesbian and gay communities.
  • Charles Tan, PLU3's effectively-bilingual, diplomatic, affable and unflappable spokesman. Tan was the second male gay activist to be interviewed on Singapore television and is an ardent advocate of democracy.
  • Jean Chong (see Fridae Interview, blog), one of the founders of Sayoni, a discussion forum for queer women. Chong was also active for 7 years in organising women's activities for Safehaven and the Free Community Church. She played an instrumental role in organising women's functions for IndigNation 2006 and was the chief liaison personnel for many of the other events. She forms a strong link between the lesbian and gay communities.
  • Charmaine Tan, one of the three founders of Pelangi Pride Centre, together with Eileena Lee and Dinesh Naidu. Tan was also one of the founders of Women's Nite, an event for women held on every last Saturday of the month at Pelangi Pride Centre.

Alex Au Wai Pang, equally well known by his electronic nom-de-plume as Yawning Bread, is regarded by many to be the father of the Singaporean struggle for gay equality. ... Alex Au Wai Pang, equally well known by his electronic nom-de-plume as Yawning Bread, is regarded by many to be the father of the Singaporean struggle for gay equality. ... People Like Us (PLU), is the première Singapore advocacy group for gay equality. ... This article is about the Strategic Commands Airborne Nuclear Command Post. ... People Like Us (PLU), is the première Singapore advocacy group for gay equality. ... Mythological Significance Yoni is sanskrit for vagina/womb/origin of life. ...

Entrepreneurs

  • Max Lim, the first openly gay entrepreneur and impresario to be known by a wide swath of the LGBT community.
  • Dr. Stuart Koe, founder of an English-language LGBT web portal, fridae.com [7].
  • Vincent Thnay (website), founder of Singapore's first East-meets-west gay bar.

Arts practitioners

  • Tan Peng, Singapore's first openly gay artist and also one of the first Singaporeans to come out to the general public.
  • Martin Loh (see Fridae profile), artist specialising in Peranakan and abstract erotic male themes.
Main article: Cyril Wong
  • Ng Yi-Sheng (see careerblog, video of IndigNation lecture), writer and performance artist. Ng is the author of SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century and Last Boy, a collection of personally written poems including gay-themed ones. He also contributes articles to Fridae.com on a regular basis (see bibliography) and is currently working on several plays.
Main article: Ng Yi-Sheng
  • Dominic Chua (see Yawning Bread article), poet.
  • Royston Tan (see Fridae profile), the highly acclaimed and award-winning enfant terrible of Singaporean cinema.
  • Marcus Mok (see Fridae interview, website), photographer specialising in the Asian male form.

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Academics

  • Dr. Russell Heng (see Fridae interview), Singaporean academic, playwright, psychologist and former Straits Times journalist.
  • Dr. Tan Chong Kee (see Fridae interview, website), Singaporean academic, social activist and writer.

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Professionals

  • Sylvia Tan (see bibliography)- the first Singaporean journalist to write exclusively about local, as well as international, LGBT culture. Tan holds a degree in arts (communications) and is presently working as the principal reporter of Fridae.com, an English-language LGBT web portal.
  • Alphonsus Lee- a graduate in business administration from an American university, Lee is currently working as a property agent. He was one of the 14 individuals who came out in the 2006 book "SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century". Lee is an avid photographer, contributing all the portraits in the latter tome. He is also active in organising activities for Oogachaga, Singapore's LGB counselling organisation and plays the guitar during the Free Community Church's Sunday services.

The abbreviation LGB may refer to: Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals. ...

Other prominent personalities

  • Patrick Lee (see Yawning Bread article), controversial ex-gay ministry survivor.
  • All the individuals featured in the book "SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century" including Nicholas Deroose, producer of queercast, Singapore's first gay, radio talk show-style podcast and Leow Yangfa, a professional social worker.

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Singapore gay venues

(See the main article Singapore gay venues: contemporary for more information, photographs and links. For a discussion of places where homosexuals used to socialise or cruise, see the article Singapore gay venues: historical).


Non-commercial/non-sexual venues

  • The Free Community Church [8]

A non-denominational church which welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or economic status. It conducts Sunday services at 10:30 am. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • Pelangi Pride Centre (PPC)[9]

Singapore's first GLBT Centre for sexual minorities operates out of Mox Bar and Cafe every Saturday from 4-8pm. Specially organised events are held every 2nd Saturday of the month. Email [email protected] for more information. PPC features an extensive library of local and international gay literature, whose catalogue can be searched online, and an archive of Singapore gay history and culture. PPC can be: prospective parliamentary candidate 4-phenyl-4-(1-piperidinyl)cyclohexanol PowerPC, a microcomputer implementation and architecture Pocket PC, Microsofts specification for handheld devices production possibilities curve (in economics) Pay per click, a method of charging for advertising on the Internet Peripheral pin controller, a feature present in... LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Literature is an all encompassing term for literature produced by people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender or involving characters, plot lines or themes concerning this community. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


Arts venues

The following list consists of exhibition and performance venues where many works dealing with LGBT themes or by LGBT arts practitioners have been held. However, they are not exclusively used for such purposes.

  • The Substation (website)

Founded in 1990 by the late Kuo Pao Kun, it is Singapore's first independent contemporary arts centre, centrally located in the civic district. Its sub-sections include a black box theatre, a gallery, a dance studio, the Blue Room and two multi-function classrooms. It was the venue for the nascent PLU Sunday meetings in the early 90s. The historic PLU 2 pre-registration discussion was also held in the Blue Room in 2003. Black box theatres are small, easily reconfigurable theatre spaces. ... PLU can stand for: People Like Us, a British mockumentary People Like Us, the pseudonym of British musician Vicki Bennett: see People Like Us (musician) Pacific Lutheran University the SIL code, a language code, for the Palauan language Price Look-Up numbers used to identify produce Provider Look-Up, software...

  • A growing arts, entertainment and lifestyle block managed by Guan Seng Kee Pte Ltd, which houses the following establishments:
  1. Space 21: an unrenovated 1950-sq ft art space and multi-function hall situated on level 3, the second home of Utterly Art.
  2. MOX Bar & Café (website) on level 4.
  3. The Attic

The topmost floor is a vault-like loft under the same management as MOX Bar & Café. It seats up to 150 people and is suitable for exhibitions, fashion shows, and performances. It was the former location of the Sunday services of the Free Community Church (from 2002 to 2004) and Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble [10](from 2004 to 2005). Currently, it houses Bianco which contains a small bar and has an all-white decor. Dr. Russell Heng's talk When Queens Ruled! A History of Gay Venues in Singapore was held here on 16 Aug 05 as part of IndigNation. Emma has a strong aversion towards her family’s new house, especially the attic. ... Bianco is a town of about 3000 located in the Province of Reggio Calabria Italy. ... Indignation Defnition: An anger that is aroused by unfairness, a sense that what has occurred is unrighteous. ...

  • Utterly Art (website)

It provides exhibition space and management services to local and Asian artists, and photographers. Utterly Art was the venue for the opening event of IndigNation - an exhibition of paintings by artist Martin Loh entitled Cerita Budak-Budak, meaning 'children's stories' in Peranakan Malay. The event was followed up with Contra/Diction - A Night with Gay Poets held on 4 Aug 05, Singapore's first public gay poetry reading session which was attended by over 70 people, with standing room only. Indignation Defnition: An anger that is aroused by unfairness, a sense that what has occurred is unrighteous. ... Peranakan, Baba-Nyonya () and Straits Chinese (; named after the Straits Settlements) are terms used for the descendants of the very early Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region, including both the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled island of Java among other places, who have partially adopted Malay... // Headline text Bold text Not to be confused with the Malayalam language, spoken in India. ...


Singapore gay terminology

The following list consists of formally-accepted words, as well as slang in Singapore's 4 official and other minority languages, used to refer to gay men and lesbians. Terms for transgender and intersex people, while not strictly applicable to homosexuals, are also included in this section. Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ... An intersexual is a person (or individual of any unisexual species) who is born with genitalia and/or secondary sexual characteristics of indeterminate sex, or which combine features of both sexes. ...


English/Singlish

PLU - acronym for People Like Us, the main organisation involved in the struggle for gay equality. It is used as a slang word for LGBT people, especially amongst the younger internet-savvy generation. Only in fashion for less than a decade, but rapidly becoming the most popular. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Singlish is an English-based creole language native to Singapore. ... PLU can stand for: People Like Us, a British mockumentary People Like Us, the pseudonym of British musician Vicki Bennett: see People Like Us (musician) Pacific Lutheran University the SIL code, a language code, for the Palauan language Price Look-Up numbers used to identify produce Provider Look-Up, software... People Like Us is a British comedy programme, a spoof on-location documentary (or mockumentary) written by John Morton, and starring Chris Langham as Roy Mallard, an inept interviewer. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ...


Ay-jay or A-jay - Pig Latinised form of 'gay', with the hard 'g' converted to a soft one to further disguise its form. Coined by English-educated schoolboys from some of the better schools in the 1990s. Pig Latin is a language game primarily used in English. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... See also 1990s, the band Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ...


Muffadet - Singlish corruption of 'hermaphrodite', used not with the proper meaning of a person with genitalia from both sexes, but as a synonym for an effeminate male. Formerly popular with especially Eurasians of the older generation. Singlish is an English-based creole language native to Singapore. ... The 1st-century BC sculpture The Reclining Hermaphrodite, in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme in Rome In zoology and botany, a hermaphrodite is an organism that possesses both male and female sex organs during its life[1]. In many species, hermaphroditism is a common part of the... Effeminacy is character trait of a male showing femininity, unmanliness, womanliness, weakness, softness and/or a delicacy, which contradicts traditional masculine, male gender roles. ... Eurasian, in English vernacular, is a term that refers to those of mixed European and Asian ancestry. ...


Sister - slang for a transwoman (male-to-female transgender, transvestite or transsexual person). Sister may refer to: a female sibling a member of a sorority a female member of a religious institution or congregation, often referred to as a nun in common language a female member of a mutual organisation such as a trade union one of a pair or larger group of... Transwomen or trans-women are transsexuals or as some prefer, transgenders who were assigned male sex at birth (or, in some cases of intersexuality, later), and feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves and therefore identify as female or strive to fit in and live... Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ... For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ...


A.Q. or A.K. - acronym for Ah Kua or Ah Qua, the Hokkien word for transvestite (see below). Mǐn N n (Chinese: 閩南語), also spelt as Minnan or Min-nan; native name B ; literally means Southern Min or Southern Fujian and refers to the local language/dialect of southern Fujian province, China. ... For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ...


G - abbreviation of 'gay'. Example: 'Is he a G?' For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ...


On - slang meaning 'gay'. Example: 'Is he on?' Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ...


Malay

Pondan - an effeminate male; increasingly being used by the Malaysian - media to refer also to non-effeminate male homosexuals. // Headline text Bold text Not to be confused with the Malayalam language, spoken in India. ...


Bapok- derogatory word for an effeminate male.


Kedik - derogatory word, derived from the Tamil 'kiddi' (see below), also meaning an effeminate male.


Peliwat - homosexual; derived from the Arabic word "liwat" which means "sodomy" or homosexual act, a serious crime under Shari'a law. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... The Arabic language ( ), or simply Arabic ( ), is the largest member of the family of Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Sharia (Arabic شريعة also Sharia, Shariah or Syariah) is traditional Islamic law also known as Allahs Law. ...


Luti - Arabic for homosexual, literally the Biblical apostle Lot; not commonly used by the Malays. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... The Twelve Apostles (in Koine Greek απόστολος apostolos [1], someone sent forth/sent out, an emissary) were probably Galilean Jewish men (10 names are Aramaic, 4 names are Greek) chosen from among the disciples, who were sent forth by Jesus of Nazareth to preach the Gospel to both Jews and Gentiles... Lot is: Place Specific - A French département, see Lot (département) A French river, a tributary of the Garonne, see Lot River A Belgian town, see Lot, Belgium A Polish Airline, see LOT Polish Airlines Character Specific - A Biblical figure, the nephew of Abraham, see Lot (Biblical) Lot, a...


Homoseksual - obviously derived from the English.


Mak nyah - Transwoman. "Mak" is a colloquial contraction of "emak", meaning "mother". The term "mak nyah" was coined by the Malaysian male transsexual community (in 1987 when they tried to set up a society but was denied by the Malaysian Registrar of Societies) as a preferred substitute for "pondan" or "bapok" which generally refers to men who are effeminate homosexual (and cisgender) males. Transwomen or trans-women are transsexuals or as some prefer, transgenders who were assigned male sex at birth (or, in some cases of intersexuality, later), and feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves and therefore identify as female or strive to fit in and live... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Cisgender (IPA: ) is an adjective that means non-transgender. ...


Ponen - an effeminate male (less commonly used).


Pak nyah - Transman (female-to-male transgender or transsexual person); perceived to be much rarer than mak nyahs. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Transsexuality. ...


Abang - literally 'older brother', but used as slang for transmen.


Waria - an Indonesian contraction of 'wanita' meaning woman and 'pria' meaning man, thus coining a word for a third sex, usually meaning transgender people. Third gender was used from the late 19th century to describe people who did not fit into the then existing gender categories: female genitalia = female identity = female behavior = desire male partner male genitalia = male identity = male behavior = desires female partner Today this scheme is also known as binary gender system...


Wadam- a contraction of 'wanita' and 'Adam', literally a woman who looks like Adam; masculine female or butch lesbian. Michelangelos The Creation of Adam, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, shows God creating Adam, with Eve in His arm. ... Michelangelos The Creation of Adam, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, shows God creating Adam, with Eve in His arm. ... Butch is a common nickname, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries for boys. ... A lesbian is a female who is exclusively emotionally, sexually, and romantically attracted to other females. ...


Cunta - uncommonly-used word for "hermaphrodite". The 1st-century BC sculpture The Reclining Hermaphrodite, in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme in Rome In zoology and botany, a hermaphrodite is an organism that possesses both male and female sex organs during its life[1]. In many species, hermaphroditism is a common part of the...


Khunsa - an Arabic-derived term for "hermaphrodite" (intersex people) used by the Islamic Religious Department in Malaysia which permits such an individual to undergo medical treatment to convert to one or the other sex. Also formerly used as a term for lesbians. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... The 1st-century BC sculpture The Reclining Hermaphrodite, in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme in Rome In zoology and botany, a hermaphrodite is an organism that possesses both male and female sex organs during its life[1]. In many species, hermaphroditism is a common part of the... An intersexual is a person (or individual of any unisexual species) who is born with genitalia and/or secondary sexual characteristics of indeterminate sex, or which combine features of both sexes. ...


Mukhannis - an Arabic-derived term for a pre-operative transgender people; used by the Islamic Religious Department in Malaysia which forbids such a person to undergo sex-reassignment surgery, cross-dresses, wears make-up or even act effeminately. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ...


Mukhannas - an Arabic-derived term for an effeminate male who does not want to change his physical sex; used by the Islamic Religious Department in Malaysia which forbids such a person to cross-dress, wear make-up or even act effeminately. Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ...


Kes cermin - literally means "mirror case"; prison slang for an inmate convicted for a homosexual crime.


Chinese

Mandarin

Tóng xìng lìan (同性恋): "homosexual love". Mandarin, or Beifanghua (Chinese: 北方話; Pinyin: BÄ›ifānghuà; literally Northern Dialect(s)), or Guanhua (Traditional Chinese: 官話; Simplified Chinese: 官话; Pinyin: Guānhuà; literally official speech) is a category of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. ...


Tóng xìng lìan zhe (同性恋者) - "proper" or "scientific" term for a homosexual. The suffix 者 zhe ('person' or 'one who') is frequently dropped--incorrectly according to many grammarians--in colloquial Mandarin usage in Singaporean usage (as well as in China). Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


Tóng xìng aì (同性爱) - homosexuality (lit. "homosexual love"); a more respectful term than 'tóng xìng lìan' (同性恋).


Bō li (玻璃) - (lit. "glass") slang for male homosexual. It draws an analogy between the opening or mouth of a glass bottle and the male anus. Female Human Anatomy Male Human Anatomy Anal redirects here. ...


Tóng zhì (同志) - properly meaning "comrade", but used as slang for homosexual in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan . Not commonly used by Singaporean Chinese. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... The Chinese constitute more than three-quarters of the countrys population. ...


Jǐe mèi (姐妹) - literally meaning "sisters"; a term of endearment used between transwomen, or even effeminate gay men, to address each other. Transwomen or trans women are transsexual or transgendered people who were assigned male sex at birth (or, in some cases of intersexuality, later) and feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. ...


Kǒng tóng zhèng (恐同症) - a recently-coined scientific term for "homophobia", a product of Western culture. Homophobia is the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Western World. ...


Yīn yáng rén (陰陽人) - an intersex person; literally meaning "a person with feminine and masculine qualities". An intersexual is a person (or individual of any unisexual species) who is born with genitalia and/or secondary sexual characteristics of indeterminate sex, or which combine features of both sexes. ...


Rén yāo (人妖) - a term for transgender people who usually perform on stage; literally meaning "human monster" or more euphemistically, "enchanting person". It is the Mandarin version of the Hokkien A-kua. This term is typically offensive in among Chinese speakers and is mainly applied to South-east Asian transgender people, especially Thai katoey or ladyboys. Ethnic-Chinese transgender people themselves almost universally avoid the term, favoring less deprecative descriptions. Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ... Hokkien is a Min nan word corresponding to Standard Mandarin Fujian. It can refer to: Min Nan, a Chinese language/dialect, also called Minnan, Min Nan or Minnanyu (meaning Southern Fujian). ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Kathoey working as go-go dancers in Bangkoks Nana Plaza A kathoey or katoey (in Thai กะเทย) is a male-to-female transgendered person in Thailand. ... Kathoey working as Go-Go dancers in Bangkoks Nana Plaza Pattaya: Kathoey on the stage of a cabaret show A kathoey or katoey (in Thai กะเทย) is a male-to-female transgender person in Thailand. ...


Bìan xìng zhe (變性者) - scientific term for a trangender person who has undergone sex reassignment surgery, hormonal treatment or lifestyle changes. Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) includes the surgical procedures by which a persons physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are changed to that of the other sex. ...


Bàn zhūang húang hòu (扮裝皇后) - cross-dressing queen; drag queen. This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ... Drag queens Luc DArcy and Jerry Cyr and friend at Montreals 2003 Divers/Cité pride parade. ...


Yì zhūang pì (異裝癖) - literally meaning "obsession with the opposite (sex's) attire"; cross-dressing. This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ...


Zhōng xìng rén (中性人) - an intersex person; lit. "neutral" or "middle sex person". An intersexual is a person (or individual of any unisexual species) who is born with genitalia and/or secondary sexual characteristics of indeterminate sex, or which combine features of both sexes. ...


Kùa xìng rén (跨性人) - recently coined term for a transgender individual; it has a somewhat scientific/technical ring. Transgender (IPA: , from trans (Latin) and gender (English) ) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society. ...


Hokkien

 Qûa - a transvestite, or more recently, with sex reassignment surgery becoming more available, also a transsexual woman. Used in the past to refer to male cross-dressers who perform in Chinese operas or 'wayangs' as they are locally called. Mǐn Nán (Chinese: 閩南語), also spelt as Minnan or Min-nan; native name Bân-lâm-gú; literally means Southern Min or Southern Fujian and refers to the local language/dialect of southern Fujian province, China. ... For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... 19th century Chinese opera Chinese opera costumes Chinese opera is a popular form of drama in China. ...


Or  - literally meaning 'black crow', it is used as a covert form of  Qûa , referring to the cackle that crows make, which sounds like a contracted form of  Qûa . Not widespread.


 Pong - 'pong' is the Hokkien translation of 'pump'; used to refer to a straight man who enjoys being the passive partner in anal intercourse, i.e. getting 'pumped'.


Mo·-Tau-Hu - literally 'to knead soyabean/tofu'; used to refer to sex between two 'bottoms' or effeminate/passive gay men, where their soft, limp penises do not respond to each other's fondling, and sex is an exercise in futility.


Cantonese

Kai daih (契第) - literally meaning "sworn/blood/adopted brother"; younger male homosexual lover; a male prostitute. Cantonese (Traditional Chinese: 粵語; Simplified Chinese: 粤语]], Cantonese: Yuet6yue5; Mandarin pinyin: YuèyÇ”, lit. ...


Bō lei (玻璃) - Cantonese version of the Mandarin "bō li" (see above); a gay man.


Gēi (基) - Cantonese transliteration of the English word "gay". For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ...


Gēi lóu (基佬) - a gay person/fellow.


Gáau gēi (搞基)- to indulge in homosexuality. Homosexuality refers to sexual and romantic attraction between two individuals of the same sex. ...


Sí fāt gwái (屎忽鬼) - literally meaning "bottom devil"; derogatory term for a gay man.


Tùhng seng lihn (同性戀) - Cantonese version of the Mandarin "tóng xìng lìan zhe".


Indian

Tamil

Kiddi - an effeminate male. Tamil (தமிழ் ) is a classical language and one of the major languages of the Dravidian language family. ...


Potaipaiyeh - an effeminate male


Ombohthu - an effeminate gay man


Oombi - a male who enjoys performing oral sex on men


Sutthadi - a male prositute.


Akkaa - literally meaning 'older sister' but used as slang for transwomen. Transwomen or trans women are transsexual or transgendered people who were assigned male sex at birth (or, in some cases of intersexuality, later) and feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. ...


Ohrinapunarchiyaalar - recently-coined scientific word for 'homosexual', used in newspapers and documentaries. It literally means 'person who has intercourse with a similar kind'.


Malayalam

Swawarga bhogi - scientific word for homosexual; "swa" meaning "self", "warga" meaning "type" and "bhogi" meaning "a person who has sex". Malayalam (മലയാളം ) is the language spoken predominantly in the state of Kerala, in southern India. ...


Flute - one who likes oral sex.


Vadanasuratham - oral sex.


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Telugu

Look up telugu in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Kannada

Kannada - aptly described as sirigannada (known to few as Kanarese) is one of the oldest Dravidian languages and is spoken in its various dialects by roughly 45 million people. ...

Hindi

Amraprasand - scientific word for homosexual. Hindi (हिन्दी or हिंदी in Devanagari; pronunciation: ), an Indo-European language spoken mainly in northern and central India, is the official language of the Union government of India [1][2]. It is part of a dialect continuum of the Indic family, bounded on the northwest and west by Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, and... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


Hijra (South Asia) - a member of the "third gender" in India. Very uncommon in Singapore. In the culture of the Indian subcontinent a hijra (also known by a number of different names and romanised spellings) is usually considered a member of the third sex — neither man nor woman. ... Third gender was used from the late 19th century to describe people who did not fit into the then existing gender categories: female genitalia = female identity = female behavior = desire male partner male genitalia = male identity = male behavior = desires female partner Today this scheme is also known as binary gender system...


Maasti- sexual play between men who are not necessarily homosexual, mainly to relieve sexual tension.


Urdu

Samlaingik- scientific word for homosexual. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


See also

Singapore sexual slang // The following are proper and slang words, including vulgarities, used to describe sexual organs and sexual acts in Singapores four official and other minority languages. ...


External links and references

  • The Yawning Bread website: [11]
  • Fridae.com: [12]
  • Trevvy.com (formerly SGBOY): [13]
  • Utopia's Singapore listings: [14]
  • An archive of local and international LGBT-related video and newsclips shown on Singapore television on YouTube: [15] and Google Video: [16], and video recordings of LGBT events held in Singapore: [17].
  • Profusely illustrated original versions and backups of deleted Wikipedia articles regarding Singaporean LGBT culture on SgWiki: [18]

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