We recommend that Minister Gan Kim Yong ignore the ridiculously misinformed and regretfully bigoted petition Review HPB’s FAQ on Sexuality….
"Homosexuality. Is. Criminalised."
"nobody talks about this shit and nobody cares."
”You may have noticed that ‘fighting for change’ isn’t a considered option, and I am telling you that nearly every single person I asked about this simply told me ‘There’s no point. We’ll never win.’”
"Please give this country bad press, because damn, that’s definitely what the government cares about, and I cannot describe the terror I feel at even typing those words. If nothing else, please sign the petition.”
"I was lucky. I had money and resources and worked my ass off for twelve years to drag myself out of there, where in a supreme move of selfishness, I proceeded to plug my ears and hum very loudly and aggressively forget it all.”
I’m so angry right now my first instinct was to swear, but I hate it when I see reblogs with stupid anger and stupid debates, so I’m going to do my best to temper my words.
What you’re saying completely discredits the good work that people who are STILL living here to push for more rights and visibility.
I am a Singaporean still living in Singapore. LGBT issues are very close to my heart, and I fight for them as I can on a personal basis. I am not afraid to go to LGBT workshops, attend seminars, organise LGBT dinners, or go to gay clubs and bars for fear of my or my friends’ lives.
Living as a gay person in Singapore is NOT easy. I am not going to deny that. BUT GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT LOCKED UP. GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT CRIMINALISED SIMPLY FOR BEING GAY. TRANS PEOPLE ARE NOT LOCKED UP FOR BEING TRANS. IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE.
I must disclaim here and acknowledge that YES, Section 377A criminalises homosexual sex between men. And YES, Section 377A has been used to charge consenting men for having sex in public places, instead of Section 294 (basically ‘no sex in public places’).
So yes, gay sex IS illegal in Singapore, and this country’s official stance is that we are anti-gay, and there was ONE notorious instance of an entrapment raid in a public place where gay men were known to have sex, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHEN THAT WAS? IN 1993. i.e. MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.
THINGS. HAVE. CHANGED.
MORE CRUCIALLY: at no time has anyone ever been charged for having gay sex in a private place, i.e. your home, or own room. At no time has there ever been a case of police or government brutality against gay people, or anybody supporting gay rights. We do have a history of detention without trial, but at no time was this ever because of gay issues.
The government is not demonically oppressive of gay people. You’re writing about a SOCIAL CONDITION OF IGNORANCE, which is extremely different from a state of terror and fear for people’s own lives that you seem to be suggesting.
It is incredibly, incredibly rude, dishonourable and disingenuous to even insinuate that such a thing is happening in Singapore when the situation is much, much worse in Sochi.
In other words - what’s happening in Russia is REAL. People are bashed in the streets. People live in real fear for their lives. People might go to jail, or worse, die, or even worse, just plain never heard from ever again.
Singaporean LGBT people? While I’m not decrying how willfully and sickeningly ignorant our people and our government is regarding LGBT (or generally queer) issues, it is MOST EMPHATICALLY NOT TRUE that people are afraid for their lives.
WHAT IS PINK DOT? Pink Dot is the biggest pride event in Singapore and has been going strong for closing in on 5 years. Last year 21,000 proud Singaporeans (yes, with the Pink IC) came together and made a stand about gay rights in Singapore. We are here, we are proud, and we will stand together, LGBT and straight allies alike, in peaceful celebration about the right to love. READ MORE ABOUT PINK DOT.
Pink Dot is so successful there have been copy events in Malaysia, Alaska, New York, London, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Montreal. That’s right, an LGBT event born and bred in Singapore has made its way around the world as a pride parade worthy of copying. So what’s this about fear and terror again?
I could go on with more examples but this is already long enough.
You’re a coward. You’re a coward for saying these words and releasing outdated information about the state of LGBT in Singapore, when you’ve clearly left this country behind. You’re a coward for exaggerating the kind of police state we live in, when every day, people in Singapore are openly and publicly fighting the laws that deny LGBT people rights. I know of these people. I am friends with these people. We talk about these things openly, in schools, workplaces, cafes, restaurants, online, all across Singapore. Actually, the girl who wrote that counter-petition is an acquaintance of mine. And while I don’t agree with the way it was written, I have seen all the public outpouring of support on our mutual Facebook pages. I have attended workshops openly organised by these people. I know so many people who are not afraid of declaring that they are queer with no fear for their lives.
There ARE problems with this country and the way we deal with LGBT issues, but these are caused by IGNORANCE, not willful HATRED.
"Please give this country bad press, because damn, that’s definitely what the government cares about"
I can’t even believe you can say this with a straight face, because the government doesn’t give two shits about bad press. Michael Fay, anyone? We refuse to review our human rights record despite pressure from the UN. Last year Anonymous attacked government and private websites, and instead of bowing to their demands, the government found out who they were and arrested them. The government really doesn’t care about bad press, and it’s a joke that you think so. It’s not a good thing and I don’t condone it, but you have to realise that giving the country bad press is only going to do more harm to the people who HERE, trying to do good HERE. LGBT people and allies will be seen as troublemakers and our demands won’t be taken seriously. Everyday we are pushing the boundaries of what we can do and say. Everyday we find that the answer is: ‘more and more’. So don’t damage the progress we’ve made over the past 20 years.
IT IS TRUE THAT the HPB had a pretty good FAQ about sexuality (though not perfect in that it omitted transgender people altogether) and it was feted as a sign of progress and opening up. IT IS TRUE THAT conservative idiots want it gone.
IT IS NOT TRUE THAT BEING LGBT IN SINGAPORE MEANS YOU NEED TO FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE.
Hello~~ 过年几HAPPY有么有？(Hel~lo? But the New Year is a happy time, you know?)
So many things about this make me happy!
- Cheesy rap about how angsty Chinese New Year makes young people; intercut with
- Cheesier ballad-style song with a moralistic ‘you should appreciate what you have’ message
- Decent production quality
- #WASSUPWITHNENGKOR —> true question y’all
- ACTUALLY FUNNY
- ADORABLE OWLS GOING ‘RROOO! RRROOO!’ AT THE END (seriously this sold me)
- Feel-good ‘hey y’all it’s going to be CNY soon stay happy okay!’ spirit
- And even though it’s by a coffee distributor, it’s a nice subtle piece of marketing.
I can’t even promise you’ll get it if you’re not Singaporean-Chinese, Malaysian-Chinese, or maybe Taiwanese I’M SORRY
but watch it anyway
is it me you’re looking for 过年几HAPPY有么有？
Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses forgo the usual higher-education accreditation process. A California legislator introduced a measure that would have substituted online courses for some of the brick-and-mortar kind at public universities.
Some campuses of the University of North Carolina system are mulling getting rid of history, political science, and various others of more than 20 “low productive” programs. The University of Southern Maine may drop physics. And governors in Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin have questioned whether taxpayers should continue subsidizing public universities for teaching the humanities.
Under pressure to turn out more students, more quickly and for less money, and to tie graduates’ skills to workforce needs, higher-education institutions and policy makers have been busy reducing the number of required credits, giving credit for life experience, and cutting some courses, while putting others online.
Now critics are raising the alarm that speeding up college and making it cheaper risks dumbing it down.
Read more. [Image: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters]
Omg please don’t, this is exactly how Singapore is churning out students who are blinkered and ignorant about the world.
"I regret getting them now. Now I tell young people: do not get a tattoo! People’s mothers won’t like you. They will think you are a gangster. When people’s mothers don’t like you, you can never find a girlfriend."
We just need fewer judgemental mothers-in-law seriously
Just figured out all my contact lens + eye make up shit and how does anybody drive with coloured lenses on???? They seem to make my vision spotty.
ANYWAY so it’s actually quite exciting that I’m going yayyy
I’ve started planning my next cosplay lol