Social institutions, conservative cultural norms and statuary acts (e.g. Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore criminalises gay sex) continue to have a hold on sexual minorities, which oppress, alienate and discriminate against such individuals.

Away from the legislative and social processes that may dictate identities and intimate relationships on a public level, individuals who unapologetically choose who perform drag professionally and publically represent a form of defiant freedom for the LGBT community.

The series documents drag queen performances in Singapore’s LGBT clubs and bars. Partying can be political.

Commissioned by Action for AIDS Singapore/

2020 © Lee Chang Ming