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Thus, a person happily married to a spouse of the opposite sex may still be homosexual even though he or she consciously refrains from or has never indulged in homosexual acts.
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This was despite the relatively high income levels of the respondents, with 50% earning more than S$80,000 (US$47,000) per annum – 20% reporting income levels of more than S$180,000 per annum, 11% between S$120,000 to S$180,000 and 19% between S$80,000 to S$120,000.
A caveat would be that online surveys tend to be less representative of the broader population than scientifically conducted real-world random surveys, because of significant participation bias towards computer users and those disproportionately interested in the topic.
The main reason for this is that before its repeal in 2007, section 377 of the Singapore Penal Code criminalised "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" which included even consensual, private, adult homosexual acts.
The penalties were either life imprisonment or imprisonment for up to 10 years with or without a fine.Since then, courageous individuals, the first of whom were artists Jimmy Ong and Tan Peng in the early 1990s, have gradually and sporadically come out to the general public.This was initially via the local press and subsequently, as the Internet gained widespread penetration by the 2000s, more commonly through the online media.Starting from 2006, Sayoni, an organisation for Asian queer women, has been conducting a regular survey on queer women living in Singapore, which provides the most detailed statistics available on this population available to date. This survey is subject to the same bias-factors as mentioned earlier.In 2013, Pink Dot, Oogachaga and Sayoni launched Singapore's first LGBT census to collect data on the local LGBT community.Another statute which criminalises homosexual sex, also imposed by Singapore's erstwhile colonial masters, the British, in 1938 when the Straits Settlements Penal Code held sway, is Section 377A.