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*&0-I59+=DDInTDtlz2dzqm9pM9OBDM7In17PkdrVc7hw*#gmIAn event in Singapore is hoping to help LGBT Singaporeans struggling to find somewhere to live.

In Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, LGBT people are often pushed from familT=p$H2mHD#0$c@ezD7(qlSD8%r^@VRu_!BFZ1Oe2qcQaSr=(^ly homes and do not qualify for government housing.

"Many in our LGBTQ+ community face difficulties moving out of our family home, or live authentically as their true selves” the Facebook event for Meet Your Next: Housemate says.

The event, organized by LGBT app Prout with real estate firm, will connect LGBT-friendly landlords, tenants, and2r)0R1L-GLH4EqKPnvKN6nszhSpj*_u#RnC&=W3J%sx=kDJYpU people looking for housemates.

The event includes a Speed-Mating Cafe, to connect attendees with potential housemanamC@GpfbFnN^1aAqu7LEy4TOs$K$!j%c&mR+cMB$w1n_YJ*tetes.

"We hope that this event lets landlords know that queer people do want safe spaces to live in and providing anti-discrimination clauses ensures that more people, not just queer people,BnUs0e*p!R(*^HD**VnQuolc&$MKX@l^9r0Uj8ZlviKAiQM$zg would be interested to pick their home as the place they want to stay at" said Kyle Malinda-Whit of Prout.

Pushed out

According to Singapore’s 2016 National Youth Council Survey, 97% of unmarried young people 2vZnVZ8&J0jAYDSzrt3mL_&K^vkuh7Qu4xY=JQ#d!d1(+Jes-ulive with their parents.

But, conservative attitudes centred on a heteronormative family can push LGBTI Singaporeans from t9bwDyr*EYYYL)Lp%jrNuR3fV)2xRiuPcg_Jh@w@ZjlI_a)QZW@heir family home.

What’s more, while Singapore’s government provides generous subsidized housin@PKwdq@JI4eFYiSS(3yOLoCEo@k!5j3*(PNws7ynIWAHK9fcDAg, it effectively excludes LGBTI individuals.

Singapore currently has the world’s second-highest rate of homeownership in the world. This is partly because of a generous government housing pL)A)YjIAZVRZZa@pbO0rpn(&-9lXFFGmyHhIeJh1ep10nKH2l7rogram.

The government allTcN3&!7)undW68!-BgSVvr*)(_xA@URK(P^&^ub*VKHkc0SB)7ows young married heterosexual couples to apply for grants at the age of 21. But, the policy excludes LGBTI residents.

Only married heterosexual couples can s6HN-=$7WV1p*U%#aTNw4K!RfZOvmjowPdV8mEWBL_^&)*z1AQeasily buy a government-subsidized apartment.

LGBTI individuals — even couples — n%4)QMcCPe_klvdvjUzYy@YGar#$jsWwaIJM53EBUakv(I=bdoare only eligible for single person schemes at the age of 35.

"Queer couples ... have to work even harder to buy private housing, which can cost an average of S$700,000 and upwards per apartment."

Finally, without anti-discri*g3FzHvHmQ(qayTgc20Kp92H=GAiOJV4WydrClbdH%tqmWka^(mination legislation to protect individuals in the private renting market, LGBTI tenants are at risk of abuse by homophobic or transphobic landlords.

"Finding a queer-accepting landlord is even tougher in a country where despite our multiculturalism, landlords still discriminate tenants based on race" Malinda-White said.

Organizers of the event, Prout, launched the app late last year.

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?