LGBT Advocacy and Transnational Funding in Singapore and Malaysia

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This academic article is relevant to development and humanitarian practitioners as it critically examines the efficacy of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy.

This academic article looks at the role of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy in Singapore and Malaysia. The author examines the effectiveness of such funding in the context of anti-LGBT sentiment in both Singapore and Malaysia which is framed in terms of anti-Western encroachment and influence from the global North. The article uses three case studies: Pink Dot Singapore, the PT Foundation and Kuala Lumpur activist workshops in Malaysia to assess the effectiveness of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy.

The article opens with a discussion of the development of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy. It also addresses the critiques of such funding. The article then looks at the historical and current context of what it is like to be LGBT in Singapore and Malaysia. The article highlights that homosexuality is currently illegal in both countries. The methodology of the research, which involved interviews with 20 Singaporean and Malaysian LGBT activists, is then outlined. Following this, the three case studies are examined in detail. The author notes that the case studies reveal that there is a growing number of LGBT-related issues that now attract transnational funding and that there is an increase in the type of entities which transnationally fund LGBT advocacy.

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“Given the history and development of transnational aid, a number of questions arise with respect to LGBT advocacy.What does the expanded range of donor entities look like, and what are the implications of their involvement from critical feminist, queer and development studies perspectives? What kinds of projects are being supported, and what are the possibilities for them to be transformative, or to strengthen local groups and grassroots activism rather than detract from these? To address these questions, this article examines transnational funding of LGBT advocacy in Singapore and Malaysia”

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This academic article looks at the role of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy in Singapore and Malaysia. The author examines the effectiveness of such funding in the context of anti-LGBT sentiment in both Singapore and Malaysia which is framed in terms of anti-Western encroachment and influence from the global North. The article uses three case studies: Pink Dot Singapore, the PT Foundation and Kuala Lumpur activist workshops in Malaysia to assess the effectiveness of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy.

The article opens with a discussion of the development of transnational funding of LGBT advocacy. It also addresses the critiques of such funding. The article then looks at the historical and current context of what it is like to be LGBT in Singapore and Malaysia. The article highlights that homosexuality is currently illegal in both countries. The methodology of the research, which involved interviews with 20 Singaporean and Malaysian LGBT activists, is then outlined. Following this, the three case studies are examined in detail. The author notes that the case studies reveal that there is a growing number of LGBT-related issues that now attract transnational funding and that there is an increase in the type of entities which transnationally fund LGBT advocacy.