Singapore

Penal Code

Section 377A. “Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.” Available at http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/non_version/cgi‐bin/cgi_getdata.pl?actno=1872‐REVED‐224&doctitle=PENAL%20CODE%0A&date=late&segid=888373002‐001939> [Accessed 2 April 2011].

Source: http://old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2012.pdf

Media Development Authority

Free to Air Television Programme Code

Musical and Variety Programs 12.2 Films and music videos disallowed under the Films Act should generally not be broadcast. However, if suitable edits can be made, such content may be deemed passable for broadcast. Songs disallowed or otherwise prohibited under the applicable laws and regulations in Singapore must not be aired. Music associated with drugs, alternative lifestyles (e.g. homosexuality) or the worship of the occult or the devil should not be broadcast.

Major Content Concerns 11a – Theme and Message

The theme (subject matter or topic) and message are important in the classification of a film. The acceptability of a theme is determined by its suitability and treatment i.e. the way it is presented and the context in which scenes are presented. Suitability and treatment of a theme is especially important for the lower classification ratings as they have an impact on the young. Films dealing with mature content (e.g. drug use, prostitution or homosexuality) would generally be classified as NC16, M18 or R21.

Classifiable Element – Theme

  • M18. Stronger portrayal and exploration of mature themes are allowed.  Homosexual theme/content as a sub-plot may be permitted, if discreet in treatment and not gratuitous.
  • R21. Stronger and more explicit portrayal and exploration of mature themes are allowed. Films that portray, as a main theme, same-sex marriages or parenting will be subject to strict review.
  • NAR. Themes that promote issues that denigrate any race or religion, or undermine national interest will not be allowed.  Themes that glorify undesirable fetishes or behaviour (e.g. paedophilia and bestiality) are not allowed. Promotion or glamorisation of homosexual lifestyle.) (MDA Free-to-Air Programme Television Code http://www.mda.gov.sg/Documents/PDF/industry/Industry_TV_ContentGuidelines_FTATVProgCode.pdf)

Subscription Television Programme Code

Part 5: Themes

The theme (subject matter or topic) and message are important in the classification of a programme. The acceptability of a theme is determined by its suitability and treatment i.e. the way it is presented and the context in which scenes are presented. Suitability and treatment of a theme is especially important for the lower classification ratings as they have an impact on the young. Programmes dealing with mature content (e.g. drug use, prostitution or homosexuality) would generally be classified as NC16 or M18.

Part 6: Sex and Nudity

6.4 Programmes that depict a homosexual lifestyle should be sensitive to community values. They should not, promote or justify a homosexual lifestyle.

Major Content Concerns

11.d. Sex - Films that depict a homosexual lifestyle should be sensitive to community values. They should not, promote or justify a homosexual lifestyle. However, non-exploitative and non-explicit depictions of sexual activity between two persons of the same gender may be considered for R21.

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Guidelines on Promotional Materials for Films and Videos

Paragraph 6.  The advertisement must not depict or promote homosexual or lesbian intimacy, including images of same gender kissing. (http://www.mda.gov.sg/Documents/PDF/licences/filmguidelines_promo_materials.pdf)

Guidelines on Promotional Materials for Video Games

Paragraph 5. 5. The advertisement must not depict or promote homosexual or lesbian intimacy, including images of same gender kissing. (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mda.gov.sg%2FDocuments%2FPDF%2FPolicies%2Fpolicies_videogames_promomaterialsguidelines_pdf.pdf&ei=7QQlUeG8L-au0AGbwIGwAw&usg=AFQjCNFJXgTpySZe0ak-4ZPIAVY-SHlQag&sig2=HXImTQQRNmNqxoTvs7T8XA&bvm=bv.42661473,d.dmQ)

Source: Report on Discrimination of Women in Singapore Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity