Feelin' Good, a party organised by gay and lesbian media and events company Fridae, has been cancelled after the venue, Ministry of Sound, received a telephone call from local police on Friday evening demanding that they cease venue provision for the event.
According to Mr. Clement Lee, executive director of Ministry of Sound's parent company LifeBrandz, Mr Kelvin Yeo, Compliance Management Officer from Tanglin Police called on Friday evening after office hours demanding that the club cancel the event, failing which enforcement officers would come to the club on Sunday to shut the party down. The reason given by the police to Mr. Lee over the telephone was that the party would 'promote gay activities'.
Whilst Singapore laws prohibit gay sex, there are no laws against being gay. As recently as 2003, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong was interviewed in Time Magazine about the Singapore government's non-discrimination policy for employment in the civil service, and was quoted saying gays are 'just like you and me'.
Singapore has a thriving gay scene that includes more than dozen organisations, bars and establishments catering primarily to a gay or lesbian clientele. Feelin' Good would have been Fridae's first party in Singapore in more than a year and a half, featuring popular Australian DJ Kate Monroe.
In response to previous criticism by current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that Fridae's parties 'should not be targeted at gays alone' (December 2004), Feelin' Good has been actively promoted to the mainstream public through a variety of media, including Lush 99.5FM radio and local publications IS and Juice.
'The reaction from the police has been completely unexpected,' said Dr Stuart Koe, CEO of Fridae. Feelin' Good is simply a party, not unlike any party held at clubs all around Singapore. There is no legal justification for what the police has done. This is yet another example of institutionalised discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Fridae regrets the turn of events and will offer full refunds to ticket holders. Please refer to the website www.fridae.com/feelingood for the refund process. We would also like to thank the community and our sponsors for your continued support and understanding.
First off, I would like to say that yours truly hasn’t been to a single gay party, pub or club in her entire life. So I am really wondering how the Homosexuals were able to “encourage” me to enter a gay lifestyle. I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with all those cute girls I was fawning over from young, when I didn’t even know that lesbians could get it on.
Secondly, I’d like to offer my condolences to Mr Kelvin Yeo for having been made the national (and international) laughing stock, and having to be the mouthpiece for our darling government who just LOVES to control the lives of its citizens to a tee.
Thirdly, I’d like to tell all the gay citizenry in Singapore: emigrate, darlings. As soon as you can – leave this hell-hole behind, and don’t look back. Don’t hope for anything from Minilee, or that he is any different from his father.
Maybe what Fridae should do is to organise mass deportation to other countries for all gay and lesbian people – let’s see if Minilee steps in and says that it would promote a “gay lifestyle”, or is not “in their national interests”.