53% of Singaporeans would react negatively if a family member came out

53% of Singaporeans would react negatively if a family member came out
The survey also revealed 54% of Singaporeans did not approve of Li Huanwu (second from right)'s same-sex marriage. (Photo: Facebook)

More than half of Singaporeans would react negatively if they found out a close family member was LGBTI, according to a recent poll.

In an online survey, Yahoo Singapore asked 887 Singaporeans in June how they reacted to a number of LGBTI situations.

When asked about an LGBTI family member, 53% of the respondents reacted negatively. What’s more, 14% expressed a ‘strongly negative’ response. And, 39% reported a ‘somewhat negative’ reactions.

The poll also quizzed Singaporeans’ reaction to a colleague coming out. But, 46% reported a negative reaction while 53% reported a positive reaction.

Yahoo Singapore revealed this week the same poll found 80% of Singaporeans agreed LGBTI people face discrimination.

Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code punishes sex between two men with up to two years in prison.

This month, the conservative city-state’s Prime Minister said the law would be in place ‘for some time’. But, he said, the city still welcomed everybody.

While rarely enforced, recent polls reveal the majority of the conservative state’s resident support retaining the law.

Rights activists have launched a renewed push to repeal Section 377A after India abolished its similar colonial-era law (Section 377) in September last year.

Singaporeans react to Li Huanwu’s wedding

The survey also revealed responses to a high-profile same-sex marriage.

Li Huanwu, a member of Singapore’s influential Lee family, married his long-term partner in South Africa in May.

Li is the nephew of the current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and the grandson of Singapore’s first prime minister and founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.

Photos of his marriage, attended by his uncle, went viral.

According to the poll, 54% reacted negatively to the marriage. Meanwhile, 46 percent reacted positively to it.

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Author: Rik Glauert