Singapore's first and only LGBTQ resource centre and library, Pelangi Pride Centre offers a neutral and friendly space for you to explore your sexuality. Head down to its resource library within the Free Community Church to suss out books devoted to LGBTQ+ issues and HIV education, and attend regular talks, screenings and other group activities to get involved with the local queer community.
The area between Tanjong Pagar and Outram Park is not exactly known as a “gaybourhood” per se, but there’s no denying that everyone under the rainbow gravitates towards Neil Road for popular gay bars such as Tantric Bar & May Wong’s Café, Out Bar, and the now-defunct Taboo Club. It’s one of the few places where you can paint the town rainbow without anyone judging you.
But as the local LGBTQ+ community, as well as its allies, are raising their voices to promote a more inclusive Singapore, more places are embracing the camaraderie with open arms. After all, love is a human right. From an independent cinema and bookstore to everyone’s favourite brunch spot, here are the best LGBTQ+-friendly places in Singapore – beyond the gay bars.