SMOL Singapore – The Price Of Being A True LGBT+ Ally In Singapore

Charmaine Low, founder of SMOL Singapore, reflects on SMOL’s humble beginnings, navigating the challenges of covid, and that infamous flag throwing incident.

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Singaporeans reading this will likely already be familiar with SMOL Singapore.

Last year, the female founded start-up became the talk of the town when CCTV footage of a hate crime against their owner went viral. The flag-throwing incident turned SMOL Singapore into a symbol of sorts for the LGBT+ community.

It may have been over a year since that fateful incident. But SMOL Singapore is still flying the pride flag high. Drop by any of their outlets and you will spot a pride flag standing tall on their counter.

Singapore may have repealed Section 377A. But it will take a while before attitudes towards the LGBT+ community improve. A few weeks ago, two teenagers harassed the SMOL Singapore staff at their PLQ outlet to remove their pride flag. 

Not only did SMOL refuse. Their owner even managed to laugh it off:  

“Maybe they’re from Hwa Chong🤣”

Find out more about the woman behind SMOL as she reflects on last year’s infamous flag throwing incident and what it means to really be an ally to the LGBT+ community.

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