Stop politicising HPB’s educational resource on sexuality

I thank the Health Promotion Board (HPB) for publishing its original FAQ on sexuality, an informative and neutral resource on sexual health and identity, the first of its kind in Singapore. Unfortunately, the FAQ has been politicised.

Contrary to what Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan said in the report “‘Disappointed’ MP criticises HPB for its FAQ on sexuality” (Feb 7), many Singaporeans would deem the HPB’s move necessary and progressive, as it reflects tolerance of diversity.

It does not promote homosexuality; it discourages prejudice against homosexuality and is educational.

Mr Lim and conservative pastor Lawrence Khong insist that the HPB should not go against the national building block of the family. Should we not be clear that family includes heterosexual couples who have chosen not to or cannot have children? If so, how different is a committed same-sex couple?

I am disappointed that a politician would suggest that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are not entitled to family values by virtue of their sexual orientation. There is a place for everyone in the paradise we call home.

It is not that homosexuality should be promoted, but that it should stop being a national issue. It is a private one, and we should stop politicising a simple resource.

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