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An event in Singapore is lyufVYsCoCFGGRKQ-=JfX(*#Dc5((_S=X5r#Uxj)ce3ItxO67vhoping to help LGBT Singaporeans struggling to find somewhere to live.

In Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, LGBT people are often pushed from family homes anx%[email protected]#!VQL1qCBF3^!Ht!vJfAl_ud 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 99.co, will connect LGBT-friendly landlords, tenants, and people looking for housemD2_+4fHVX5tdsb8ET)C=58Q9xTtl&x8aCXkX-yvHDJM=EuEOkOates.

The event includes a Speed-Mating Cafe, to connect attendees with potentiGjh+=mP^1XFnVMNRo&q&!*)0B=3ToUIb#6ews!FB-0jM(72pm(al housemates.

"We hope that this event lets landlords know that queer people do want safe spaces to live in and providing anti-discrimination clauses ensures tha[email protected]@)tVTv0nULASG5Lit=CZXy%UV#iEAyu^mzt more people, not just queer people, 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 SurvYxOwzy^6TkWMjGA0kvrAf+)W&c)^[email protected])#YWScjey, 97% of unmarried young people live with their parents.

But, conservative attitudes centred onzLNJbhc*s#7r)1GugEuEh_JV6Ok#h!w9&^u#U(1t$(b$xS8eS- a heteronormative family can push LGBTI Singaporeans from their family home.

What’s more, while Singapore’s government provides generous subsidized housirn*H*dIoZzqs6x+_fStR7rbCLBdVdcoOjGny#m(LX_Vut!X(uzng, 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 housinboHfce=apuT&PSwcz_+)YTtIt!yGm1ApaC7u_%#SQd)DiTDr8Ag program.

The government allows young married heteroseq)RfHPJxQtKzteQ32qOc$%3*fS95C6&M#[email protected]xual couples to apply for grants at the age of 21. But, the policy excludes LGBTI residents.

Only married heterosexual couples can easily buy a government-subsidxi8mrYTM3CFp&TR_T3DsoO_Bdm3jsrC8%(dwH+c_qOEX3mLo^tized apartment.

LGBTI individuals — even couples — are only eligsU^@j84e#Qy%X*hZUY^&d!em2_Khm)^Utw5Yl^thEq5LEkP7FQible 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-discrimination legislation to protect individuals ing=Ru$RFezVbeIRbM&RRVUwPU-Z$^eG$i&edsEa2!DFASH)8qdn 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.

"Drinking Buddies" invites LGBTQ members of different sexes and gender identities as well as LGBT allies to play "Drunk Bingo X Truth or Dare" with the rules: "answer the question or take a shot of vodka." The show aims to showcase the true definition of love and the diverse relationships among the rainbow families. Love will not change simply because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Watch Drinking Buddies Season 2 now on GagaOOLala.

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