Singapore's first public LGBT pride festival
, took place during the month of August in 2005, with a second annual IndigNation in August 2006.
Previous gay celebrations, exemplified by the Nation parties held annually in Singapore since 2001, were private commercial events held for LGBT
recreation, but were also socio-political statements of significance in Singapore gay history
and milestones in Singapore's human rights
Prior to 2001, all parties held for LGBT
people were private affairs not advertised or even made known to the general public. Most were held indoors, especially on Sunday nights at various mainstream discos which were eager to tap the pink dollar on a day when business from their straight patrons was slow. This phenomenon began in the early 1980s when the police started to turn a blind eye to men disco-dancing with each other, but not during the slow numbers, when they were cautioned by the managements of these venues to "behave". This was done to avoid complaints from heterosexual patrons who were initially invariably present.
By and by, from the mid-1980s onwards, the increasing numbers of gay men flocking to these discos on Sunday nights drove the straight clientele away and the managements were subsequently more inclined to tolerate homosexuals engaging in slow dancing and in tight embrace, as well.
Realising the untapped potential and pent-up demand for gay parties, more and more mainstream discos advertised... Read More