SGRainbow organised the #sgrainbowpledge during Pink Dot last year as we reflected on the meaning of our National Pledge. “Regardless of race, language or religion, based on justice and equality” – these are the words that form the foundation of our society.

GLBT community groups and activists want sexual orientation to be something that Singapore can look beyond, where we are all equal and treated justly regardless of race, language, religion or sexual orientation (and of course, gender identity). Before we discuss the idea of reclaiming the rights of sexual minorities, we would like to reflect first on how we have done as a community in upholding the existing ones.

Regardless of race, language…

It is no secret that many gay men on Grindr, Jack’d or chat rooms have specific “requirements”. 

“Only chn”, “Mly for mly”, “No indians” – these are but some of the things one might see while browsing through profiles. Huffington Post recently published an article on the issue of discrimination among gay men and this suggests that racial discrimination is not something unique to the Singaporean gay community.

No doubt, we can have our preferences. But does it warrant the immediate rejection and exclusion of certain racial groups, even those who might just want to be a friend? When we fight for equal rights, we fight not to have people celebrate our gayness. We fight to destroy stereotypes and terrible generalisations. When we exclude groups based on certain preconceptions, we may be committing the same mistake we don’t want the majority heterosexual community to make on us.

…or religion

Another more worrying trend is the discrimination within the gay community against those of certain faiths, namely Christianity and Islam. This is a very sensitive topic so let us thread lightly here.

It is not rare to hear some gay people commenting online, challenging gay Christians or Muslims: “You’re gay. How can you believe in a God who condemns your very self?”

To some, it seems that religion and sexual orientation are immediately at odds. But are they? Or have they been simplified by certain agenda makers to appear so?

A consequence of this is the erasure of religious identities in the gay community, especially of the Muslims. This is not a fault of just gay individuals – some community events do not cater to the needs of the Muslim participants, where halal food is not available. An interesting contrast is where vegetarians’ diet choices are recognised and acknowledged while those of specific religious groups are not.


At SGRainbow, we try our best to accommodate and respect the specific dietary needs of individuals (i.e. Halal, Vegetarian, No beef, etc). We believe this is but a small step to recognising the diversity and differences and we hope that we can each make an effort to be more sensitive to these two “Ds” because they are ultimately what we all want others to do for us.

So let us make it a new year resolution in 2014 for each of us to be more sensitive to diversity and differences. Let us take the first step in changing, to quote MJ, the man in the mirror, before we can change others and then, the world.

[In line with our call for the celebration of diversity and embrace of differences, we will be working closely with other community groups in organising programmes that cater to both the youths and the larger community. Look out for them!]

Daryl Yang

Daryl is a Programme Officer with SGRainbow. He will be pursuing Law and Liberal Arts at Yale-NUS College and NUS Law school.

It’s about time to find that special someone. It’s about time to get together. It’s about time to be merry and forget all the sorrows. It’s about time…

SGRainbow starts the year with a Valentine’s Day Special of Night’s OUT. Whether you are single, taken or in a complicated relationship, we welcome you to join in the celebration of love. Bond with your new-found friends through games, share the food that you brought, and have a heart-to-heart talk in a safe and secure setting.

Details of the programme
Date: 8 February 2014, Saturday
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Venue: To be disclosed to registered participants

Show off your culinary prowess to your new friends at Night’s OUT as this edition will be a potluck. Alternatively, just chip in $10 for the organisers to order more food to share.

This programme is open to all gay and bisexual males aged 18 to 25 years old only.

Thank you for your participation. This programme is now full. Keep a lookout for other programmes soon.

SGRainbow wishes you a happy new year! 2014 is finally here and that means a fresh start for all of us. We have a brand new logo and recently revamped our website. Together with these changes, we aim to better provide you with the most enriching and enjoyable experience at SGRainbow.

This year, SGRainbow brings to you “It’s Time”. 2013 was an eventful year for the GLBT community and we believe the time has come for us. It’s time for us to make the change, to stand up for ourselves and our communities and most importantly, it’s time for us to accept, love and believe in ourselves and each other.

Travel through time to somewhere over the rainbow with Check-In v2 as we bring you back to the past, look at what’s happening in the present and imagine what might be in the future. Those who travel through all three periods with us will be recognised for your achievements in time-travel.

If you’re more realistic and prefer to live in the moment, we also want you to celebrate some special moments with us! Our most popular programme, Night’s OUT, will now be happening THREE times this year, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Summer Solstice and Christmas Day. 
“Where got time?” Some of us might not have time for NS anymore but for those who are enlisting or are just interested to find out more about what it’s like for a gay person in NS, Fall In: You think, I thought, Who confirm? will be an informative and exciting forum for future enlistees, NSFs and NSmen alike, where selected guest speakers will share their experiences in National Service.
Not ready for National Service because you’re feeling a little unfit? Well, joins us at the 2nd run of Check-OUT: The Race! as you race against time and your competitors in completing challenges that will test your wits, dexterity and knowledge of the GLBT community.

So there you have it, it’s time! The question is, are you ready?

1 January 2014

Re: Notice on the change of logo

This is to inform you that SGRainbow’s logo have been changed. We would like to request websites/organisations with our logo on their website to update it. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Warm Regards