Freedom To Love

THE LGBT DEBATE: WHAT THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE REALLY IS

Over the past few days we have witnessed an intense debate over Cathay Cineleisure's decision to put up posters promoting Pink Dot. But that is not the biggest crux of the issue. The biggest crux is what is the fight for and about. I have shared my position. Those who have agreed with mine have shared ours. But the most important question is what is the crux of the matter.

Is the fight about the "freedom to love"? I don't think so. If it is truly about love, then how can you on the "freedom to love" movement subject others to the other side of the aisle the most unlovable form of response? Let's face the hard truth, a good tree bears good fruits and your fruits give you away. If it is truly about love there is no need to bring up the religious beliefs or association of one for attack and vigilante treatment just because of disagreement in worldview as a matter of first response. The fact that one's religious beliefs were singled out when for that matter it wasn't used in the debate shows that the real problem is not about the freedom to love. It lies elsewhere. Case in point. Why was there the need to bring up the chairman of ASAS's religion and church when the ASAS did not even call for Pink Dot's publicity ad to be taken down completely but rather for its subtitle "freedom to love" to be amended? And also factoring in that the call was made according to the book and not based on some hastily inserted clause or rule?

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S'POREAN TRANSFORMED FROM MALE TO FEMALE WITH HORMONE DRUGS AT 14

I've always felt like a girl ever since I was a little kid. My earliest memory was when I was 2 or 3 years old, screaming and throwing a tantrum because my parents wouldn't let me wear a dress. Eventually when I was 14, I learned about transgender people and started taking hormone pills (estrogen) by myself.

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ANTI-PINKDOT SUPPORTERS ATTEND PINKDOT TO SQUEAL ON EVENT

You bring your friends. You sing hymns at the perimeter of Hong Lim Park one day before Pink Dot. You pray that on the day itself bad weather will strike the event. But in its eighth year there is still no bad weather. Does this cause you to have a crisis of faith and question the power of your prayer? Of course not. Perhaps you haven’t prayed hard enough. Or prayer alone isn’t sufficient, you need to take worldly action.

So you come down to Pink Dot. You have your camera ready. You take snaps of every single thing which you think amounts to a violation of the rules. One of you sees my friend in drag. He thinks that you might want to pose with him, but all you do is take a shot of him and you move on. You are patrolling. You are amassing evidence. You with your self-righteous rage. Later on you will write police reports with these photos that are supposed proof of ‘obscenity’. Or ‘public nuisance’. Or ‘foreigner participation’.

I know one of you took a photo of an overflowing rubbish bin and lodged a complaint about it. Another one of you helpfully pointed out to the police last year which foreigners were forming the dot, and they were later taken away for questioning. I know what you’ve been doing, and now I’d like everyone else to know too.

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PM LEE HSIEN LOONG INVITED TO ATTEND PINK DOT 2015

It is very disappointing to hear Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s response to the query on same-sex marriage at a recent interview with regional journalists. We hope Mr Lee can empathise with the LGBT community. We firmly believe that dialogue is our best way forward. As such, we would like to invite Prime Minister Lee to join us in celebrating the Freedom to Love, this Saturday, June 13, at Hong Lim Park, and meet with the individuals, families, and loving couples who form a vibrant part of Singapore’s social fabric.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: SINGAPORE NOT READY FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE

According to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore is not ready for same-sex marriage today as it is still a "conservative" society. He cited "pushback" from conservative groups against same-sex marriage as the main obstacle. Lee Hsien Loong was speaking on a range of topics to reporters from around the region today, including Singapore's stance on same-sex marriage.

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IKEA RECONSIDERING SUPPORT FOR ANTI-GAY PASTOR MAGIC SHOW

IKEA Singapore said today that it is reconsidering its support for a magic show staged by senior pastor Lawrence Khong who is an outspoken critic against homosexuals. Gay rights groups had protested a move by the company to lend support to the show after an advertisement showed that the retailer's membership programme, Ikea Family, is one of the supporters of Khong's magic show in July.

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