This is easily one of my favourite photos during my recent visit to new york, taken at the #nycpride
march. to me, it not only removes the common expectations or stigmas of what a member of the lgbtq+ community looks like, but it also embodies the empowerment in not having to hide who you are.
singapore may be a small country, but its people are not small-minded. and while it has worked hard to shed many of its colonial hang-ups, some remain — like section 377a of the singapore penal code, which continues to marginalise lgbtq+ individuals — to remind us that there's still work to be done.
for every comment in favour of maintaining outdated, oppressive laws that keep lgbtq+ individuals from feeling like valued members of singaporean society, remember that most are made out fear, ignorance and insecurity, not hate. some are simply afraid of what equality truly looks like.
it's our job to respond not with aggression, but with images like this to show that nobody should feel ashamed of who they are, and that there's beauty in being proud of yourself and your community when expressed with openness and compassion.
right now, singapore has the power to say that everyone deserves the right to love, and that it will no longer tolerate seeing others pushed down because of the way they were born. if section 377a of the singapore penal code is as unenforced as its proponents say it is, then there's no reason for it to stay.
your voice matters, so i urge that you take the opportunity to have it heard by visiting ready4repeal.com to petition to #repeal377a
during the upcoming penal code review. the petition closes on 27 september 2018 at 9am; please do your part to help make singapore a more equal, open and loving place for all. thank you.