i just seen this and i just want to rant!!!
y SDP gay politician who attended gay pink dot have to resort using an impressionable 12 year old boy for his political message???????
I find it unacceptable in every level!!!!!
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to thank you all personally for the messages of support and encouragement on Facebook following my tongue in cheek status update on Friday. The coming out part wasn’t tongue in cheek but the reference to Fabrications About The PAP was; I hope they won’t be too irritated with me
In truth, I wasn’t intending to ‘come out’. I merely wanted to encourage every LGBT person in Singapore to attend Pink Dot and therefore I had to say why it means so much to me.
So, thank you for your vote of confidence. I have two things I’d like to leave you with: Coming out is not the toughest bit. Well, eventually it becomes easier and easier as more and more people do. The harder thing is to begin and sustain the long and dedicated work that society needs to overcome the oppression that LGBT people experience everyday. And second, the community we are building up through events and organisations are the lifeblood of the work to eventually erase a horrible thought from history, that people, young and old, kill themselves to escape homophobia.
So, I would like to pay tribute to People Like Us, the first LGBT organisation founded more than 20 years ago that the Registrar of Societies continues to refuse to register. I would also like to thank all the current organisations that perform sterling work with LGBT people like Oogachaga, Pelangi Pride Centre, Fridae.com, Indignation, Purple Alliance, Sayoni, Transgender Alliance, Young OUT Here, and others whose names escape me now. And also the organisers of Pink Dot which has done much to put the issue front and centre.
I would also like to honour Alex Au, whose blog, Yawning Bread, has been a key source of information on gay and wider socio-political issues; M Ravi and his team who have worked so hard on the Section 377a constitutional challenge; and Gary and Kenneth and their supporters who are taking the work on the legal front forward.
At Pink Dot, I had the opportunity to meet Theo Chen, an exceptionally talented and engaging 12-year old boy who made a YouTube film to highlight bullying in schools including homophobic bullying. The film has gone viral as it should. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Vhu_EXa4A.
Theo and all our children are our future. Our work is far from done. But it is nowhere near the starting line. For that, to all those who make dignity and hope their daily work, I would like to offer a humble thank you.
One final thing: A coalition of organisations is carrying out a National LGBT Census to collect data on the LGBT community in Singapore. Its objective is to “understand the current health, housing, family, employment and schooling conditions and needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore.” This is an absolutely crucial piece of work because with the data, LGBT organisations can map the demographics and needs of the community; plan their services; advocate to government; channel funds to where they are needed, and target interventions at the most vulnerable. As a social worker, a policy analyst and a politician, I know how important data is to any societal progress. Please take the time to complete the survey. It takes about 20 mins. Go to: http://www.sogiresearch.blogspot.sg/. If you do one thing this year in support of LGBT rights, do this.
Yours in friendship,
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