Go to Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svG0YPs1tVs The Chinese-language TV channel, Channel U, broadcast a 30-minute current affairs program on Wed, 23 Feb 2005, at 8.30 pm. It was officially entitled by MediaCorp as "Inside out" (非常透视眼; fei chang tou shi yan) which would be better translated as "Very penetrating insight" (literally, a very penetrating eye). Transcript of this video segment: Male narrator: Along with Singapore's development, the pace of liberalisation of society has increased tremendously in tandem, but a few homosexuals feel that the space allowed for their community's activities still has many limits. Has recently-liberalised Singaporean mainstream society made adequate preparations for the acceptance of homosexuals? Do local homosexuals still face discrimination? The government has openly announced the acceptance of homosexuals in the Civil Service, including employment in sensitive positions. This may have led Singaporeans to deduce that the government has finally accepted homosexuals and acknowledged their existence. But what is the attitude of mainstream Singaporean society towards homosexuals? Channel U interviews several 'mainstream' Singaporeans in public places and asks whether they can accept gays or not. Middle-aged Chinese woman holding an umbrella: I can't accept it...but I don't know about other people. (Interviewer asks why). It's not normal. Trendily dressed teenage Chinese girl: Of course...why not? There are so many on the street. It's OK. They don't provoke any reaction. Bespectacled balding middle-aged Chinese man outside an electrical shop: Till now, I still can't accept homosexuals...because I feel that heterosexuality is the natural order of things, not homosexuality. Middle-aged Chinese woman with dyed red hair at a hawker centre: I can. I agree with the government. Because people nowadays are quite liberated. Tanned pimply teenage Chinese boy: Homosexuals? I feel that the situation is now starting to get more liberal. There are more and more homosexuals around. It can be said that nobody discriminates against them. Can I accept them? Yes, no problem. Cherubic middle-aged Chinese man: I definitely cannot accept them. I wouldn't discriminate against them but I won't accept them. Middle aged Chinese woman with purple scarf around her neck in Orchard Road: (speaking in English) For me, I'm able to accept them because they are also human beings. Young adult Chinese girl with dyed red hair in front of Ngee Ann City: It can't be helped if they have these tendencies. So, I can also accept them. Obese late middle-aged Chinese man outside a 'heartland ' provision shop: I don't accept them. Because maybe my thinking is more old-fashioned. Late middle-aged Chinese woman with permed frizzy hair outside a provision shop: I don't accept them. Because I'm more traditional. Back to interviewee 'Obese late middle-aged...' above: It seems to me that homosexuality in this society is still 'ugly' to look at. Bespectacled middle-aged Chinese woman with close-cropped red Afro: Can't accept them. Middle-aged Chinese woman with greying hair: Of course it's a man and a woman who pair up. Where is there such a thing as two women or two men? Yes or no? Back to interviewee 'Bespectacled middle-aged... afro' above: Why don't they get married in the normal way? They should look for a boyfriend or girlfriend of the opposite sex. Male narrator: Sociologist Bao Lian Suo En (Paulin Tay Straughan) during our interview stated that society's increasing acceptance of homosexuals is a sign of our nation's progress towards liberalism and maturity. Sociologist Paulin Tay Straughan (a bespectacled middle aged female academic in a dress the same colour as her red lipstick, speaking in English): As we become more mature as a society, we become more confident. And when we become more confident, we become more embracing. Technology has broken down a lot of barriers. So, access to the Internet and therefore to support groups from other countries is now available, right?, to the local gay community. Male narrator: Still, some gay rights activists don't express agreement. PLU's Eileena Lee (speaking slowly in English): I don't think they actually have outrightly said that they are embracing this whole diversity thing. What they actually said was that gay people are just as normal as other people; I guess they are meaning the heterosexual people. But having said that, you know, after what Prime Minister Goh has said about accepting homosexuals in the Civil Service, nothing has been done about that. Male narrator: After experiencing bouts of wrestling with his psychological demons and finally coming to accept his sexual orientation, he regards the level of Singaporeans' acceptance of homosexuality with suspicion. See full transcript: http://the-singapore-lgbt-encyclopaedia.wikia.com/wiki/Transcript_of_Channel_U_documentary:_%22Do_homosexuals_have_space_for_their_activities%3F%22
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On Wednesday, 23 February 2005, at 8.30 pm, Singapore's second Chinese-language TV channel...