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An event in Singapore is hoping to help LGBT Singaporeans struggling to$hz&dTKigpCKhV6SBXn0eGDRo(^e5cHj97v=vnEmU$AIL1f_5& find somewhere to live.

In !yWliGj3S_nchkA#ooTsvCW3vj4Y+iY7$FnM&Z*pZ)38M#^RWWSingapore, where gay sex is illegal, LGBT people are often pushed from family 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, and people looki@[email protected]!Wp*aj!4Xl7dZj#MT+=t_AMdupmsilq4qaRB#5fng for housemates.

The event includes a Speed-Mating Cafe, to connec^VRooQ)[email protected]&G-x$6x43lsZsIDEB!m1RZypca$r)nYwt 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 people, not just queer people, would be interested to pick their home as the place tdSJ-a9N#j=#[email protected]%*z9WTeBlyrlWN$4QE5X2GVtg6NObxP1Uhey 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 live with their MN#FrYn=5wghJvmEBs$y8$=FV&wmDPdS2QJNKC9ENE5pJLN&sYparents.

But, conservative attiCOtZ(quM%$vjwI_eiq$9WOI_AHDfjOjIC220o%AYU90PLvPEcdtudes centred on a heteronormative family can push LGBTI Singaporeans from their family home.

What’s more, while Singapore’s government prov(j5V!)IITL=*DXBa*Ov=FMf(9pjCxDESq9HZ8D_7i)H#Uu&6y-ides generous subsidized housing, 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 govt#H!DIMPAs(5I*u(2MYF)wCbB^5IUGof4-jn#)epeqWBCWY4%yernment housing program.

The government allows young married heterosexual couples to apply for grants at theXtlV(zCgKS-M+()oa(EJ5gdk_tFCFs*OD0k9!C*gHMp&TqO8IU age of 21. But, the policy excludes LGBTI residents.

Only married[email protected]=m7Ea1Bh5Us$(z-4EQ)sryiaZIEQNtXcAWA+OXNi(TVx+L heterosexual couples can easily buy a government-subsidized apartment.

LGBTI individuals — even couples — are only eligible f^vQu6)Wl_0oWrGN*d+CQ(JxYAqG-AdwSFJg)2s3^BpkC($BuPTor 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 protecZsuccDqTOU!zUiRnvcd4EKv)[email protected])RDz=)2t 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.

"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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