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Title: THE GAY TOURIST IMAGINATION: LIBERAL BARGAINS WITH VISIBILITIES IN SINGAPORE
Authors: CHAN MUN WEI
Issue Date: 11-Jun-2021
Citation: CHAN MUN WEI (2021-06-11). THE GAY TOURIST IMAGINATION: LIBERAL BARGAINS WITH VISIBILITIES IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: From 2019 to 2021, there are several pink tourism advertisements in Singapore where businesses actively target gay men as consumers and openly feature gay men in their advertisements. This can superficially be seen as a form of visibility and acceptance where gay men are allowed to exist in the mainstream. However, this kind of visibility needs to be understood through a framework of luminosities to recognise that the visibility is conditioned whereby visibility is only allowed within specific boundaries. These boundaries are tied to homonormativity where the state adopts a gay-friendly image and positioning to engender a cosmopolitan image for itself. This is what I term the gay tourist imagination, which is a significant propeller of forms of visibility accorded to gay men in Singapore. In this paper, I will problematise this idea of visibility being conditioned upon the gay tourist imagination and examine how it is ultimately a social and cultural construct shaped by a nexus of socio-economic and political forces in Singapore’s history. This historical perspective would illuminate how the gay tourist imagination has been central to visibility but has been subjected to economic dictates and cultural acceptance of homosexuality. From there, it would illuminate how the process of visibility is a complex one where gay men have to constantly engage in a liberal bargain to negotiate for visibility through the gay tourist imagination. Yet, visibility given in the form of luminosities would present substantial problems in being highly exclusive to remove other forms of gay identities that are not directly tied to benefiting tourism or Singapore’s geopolitical image.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/215097
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