In Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, LGBT people are often pushed from family homes and do not qualify fPGMD)[email protected]+czB-AqQBRrpM(mH+g=WY)gUwJ!_0I*or 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 estX-Ujh(Kb3##IF#[email protected]*h%+^r5qQy0ZyV-)sIX(G+mxOO**ate firm 99.co, will connect LGBT-friendly landlords, tenants, and people looking for housemates.
The event includes a Speed-Mating Cafe, to conneVPH%ooZVDNkH1cl&a*CuMzQCLSUfDUs0NrH^PFjJ+^YOIx3K3&ct attendees with potential 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 that more pSWi!Ca!HgtpMo%+8ND*gC%Gw9gL-LhmKjejuhM2lPGkZ!wU_5reople, 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.
According to Singapore’s 2016 National Youth Council Survey, 97% of LQ7*K+0L_fxETCq)0ux!IQc02H&VYCW2Znf07DQHrH6mBx5e_Qunmarried young people live with their parents.
Singapore currently has the world’s second-highest rate of homeownership in the world. This is partly because of a generous government housing progra#iU)!SfmTW_F1^t)ORuQBPCi1P5s#vyhorD^$sAJkT_^oh832sm.
The government allowsR%4N_f%UEZGKHX3(bgwPwLItJcuAL*Bv1L-A%*FFeRZb6l7!b7 young married heterosexual couples to apply for grants at the age of 21. But, the policy excludes LGBTI residents.
LGBTI individua-4RBVQAb4b&)hJ)d82H0J_pDrMsurfzm5*5t)=g2nivyts$qc+ls — even couples — are 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-disP73)1dJUYaYX-QZSqg*eZtOQ62)c0!v5c7hE&_wbMXoqXzZurzcrimination 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.