Go back to Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60BUEHgqRNQ Translated transcript of this video segment: Male narrator: In Western countries, the majority of the homosexual cohort belong to the high income category of individuals. According to market research, because that they do not have the burden of family responsibilities, their spending power is especially strong. They vacation often, have a penchant for flaunting luxury goods and love entertainment, thus forming a powerful new market. Some have nicknamed this unique market the 'Pink Economy'. Male narrator: Some people think that the motive for Singapore changing its stance on homosexuals is its desire for capitalising on this market. Reports have indicated that the local gay party extravaganza last year, Nation 04, attracted both from within our shores and overseas close to 8,000 participants, earning Singapore almost 10 million Sing dollars in tourist revenue. Toy Factory's Nelson Chia (grinning from ear to ear): If you look at the sources of income for the Singapore economy as a whole, it really does not depend on the 'pink dollar'. Large-scale parties are held once, maybe twice, a year. Or take theatre for instance. The Government is actually not making anything from theatre productions, as far as the 'pink dollar' is concerned. So I think that from the point of view of the economy, they really do not rely on the 'pink dollar'. Sociologist Paulin Tay Straughan: Particularly in Singapore, not everything is determined by how much money you can make...because I think our State still continues to value, and we continue to value, you know, the Government's role as moral arbitrator, right? I think that these developments come more because, as a society, we have progressed. Male narrator: Some homosexuals feel that although the Government can accept public information regarding gays, reports in the mainstream media are still negative. "David": Basically, as far as average Singaporeans are concerned, their acquaintance with homosexuals is too little. Moreover, they only read negative reports, like 'homosexuals are increasingly getting infected with AIDS' or that the lives they lead belong to the 'rabid party animal' category. Add to that the perception that their lives are full of sexual fun and games. There are absolutely no positive reports whatsoever. I feel that if this carries on, society will never change...because they will never really come into contact with, or discover that, homosexuals are actually very ordinary people. The people you see walking towards you on the street every day may be homosexual, not only those who are up to strange things. PLU's Eileena Lee: There's a correlation between homophobia and lack of visibility of anything about gay people - gay women, gay men, or anything about sexual minorities. I'm talking about the media - as in films, as in TV, as in newspapers. You hardly get to see any positive information about sexual minorities. Or if you do, you get to see pretty much negative stuff about sexual minorities, so, you know, naturally, people will have this misconception of sexual minorities being very, you know, the deviant sort. Toy Factory's Nelson Chia: It's because now, there is still no kind of channel to enable the positive voice of homosexuals to emerge. Theatre, actually, is already one form of channel. But in the mainstream media, be it TV or newspapers, this kind of viewpoint is still not readily approved of... not readily approved of. So, often, voices of protest are heard. It appears, at the present time, to be decidedly unfair! If others are allowed to criticise you, you must be given the right to reply. I personally hope that in future, we will be able to listen to voices from both parties. Sociologist Paulin Tay Straughan: No matter what we say, no matter what how many doors the state opens, there are going to be people, ordinary good folks, alright?, who are going to be fearful. I would encourage the gay community, particularly those who are taking up leadership positions within these communities, to make good use of these opportunities to promote a more positive image, alright?, of what the community stands for. Showcase the talents, showcase what, you know, this community can do for Singapore. Fight wisely. Promote positive, wholesome images so that these people, in time to come, will see a gay Singaporean is no different from a straight Singaporean. 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...