Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Singapore gay history according to Wikipedia

For those of you who are interested to learn about the history of homosexuality in Singapore from the early 1800s to 1990s, do check out Wikipedia's entry on it. From Wikipedia:
Meanwhile, several nightlife entrepreneurs realised the unmet social demands of the emerging gay market, and gradually allowed their establishments to cater to gay customers on certain nights. One of the earliest was The Hangar, located in a seculaded area outised the city centre where, for the first time, a large group of gay men could freely congregate and even dance together. Encouraged by this precedent, homosexuals started to patronise other, mainly straight, discos in the city area such as My Place, Black Velvet, West End, El Morroco, The Library, Studio M and even the NCO Club at Beach Road. Nightclubs like Pebbles Bar located on the ground floor of the now demolished Hotel Singapura, and less popularly Treetops Bar at the Holiday Inn, were increasingly packing in the gays and became iconic institutions of the local gay scene. Some heterosexual clubbers complained about this, so the managements of some of these outlets were pressurised by the authorities to display signs proclaiming 'No man and man dancing' (sic). Over time, the ruling was relaxed for fast songs, but same-gender slow dancing continued to be proscribed.
Here's another one for post 2000.

(Thanks Gaylord)

5 comments:

Boywonder said...

Wah! din know sg so gay happening.

Mr Big said...

>My Place, Black Velvet, West End, El Morroco, The Library, Studio M and even the NCO Club at Beach Road. Nightclubs like Pebbles Bar

I did not know these places existed.

Lord Kimbo said...

Mr Big: That only means you are not an ancient man.

Bengster said...

the article got so much red flags

Gina said...

What an eye-opener link! Thanks.

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