A disclaimer, I’m straight. Have always been straight. I’m not confused about my sexuality or curious about anything. Despite being straight, I still do believe in the LGBTQ+ movement.
My personal view is that if they’re not bothering anybody, why should anybody care what gender they are? Identify as a potato if you want. If you’re a good person, that’s all I care about.
For those in the LGBTQ+ community though, Singapore’s not such a good place. While laws and regulations have relaxed in recent years, there are still many barriers present in the country that they feel exclude them.
In fact, there’s a whole post on Reddit that goes on about this.
While it starts out cheery enough, the post soon goes into serious territory, as the Redditor talks about the trials and tribulations the LGBTQ+ community faces in Singapore.
Most people think its mainly Section 377a that the community has issues with. That’s right…but only to a certain extent. There are other laws too in place that make life difficult for LGBTQ+ folks.
Same sex couples aren’t able to adopt or get grants for public housing. They can’t even get recognized in a civil union. The smallest things we take for granted as straight people can be denied to you if you’re an LGBTQ+.
Honestly, while I recognize the plight of the community and their pleas, it’s not a straightforward matter to solve. It’s not just a matter of passing laws to give them the same benefits as straight folks.
There needs to be acceptance in the community but as Asians, with deeply rooted traditional values (some of us still frown upon interracial marriages), it’s hard to welcome what many view as radical western ideas…especially considering the backlash the Woke movement and Cancel Culture are facing.
Both were great ideas that have been hijacked and turned into radical agendas that promote snowflakes, their self-righteous viewpoint and virtue signaling. The US is pretty much like Star Wars’ Mos Eisley (a wretched hive of scum and villainy) now because of that.
Just look at how comedians like Dave Chapelle and Ricky Gervais. Both great comedians, awesome senses of humor. Just not politically correct sometimes.
They became targets just because they dared to joke about certain issues that a small segment of the population took issue with. What sort of people will go after comedians, who are there to make jokes, edgy or otherwise? Those who can’t take a joke that’s who aka triggered snowflakes.
I’m Muslim, but even I get a kick of out Muslim jokes. Whether it’s the ones about terrorism or about 9/11 or about a ton of other topics. I know at the end of the day, those are just jokes.
I don’t get offended and hop online and try to get people to blacklist somebody, ruin their livelihoods!
It’s not helping matters that there are tons of videos online showing pre-school teachers in the US indoctrinating kids with their belief of gender fluidity and the whole schbang.
Adults making up their own minds about sexuality I support but brainwashing kids?
That’s just plain evil.
That sure as hell doesn’t fly with us most of us Singaporeans. It will never get acceptance. That is also why the Government is heavy handed in its laws.
Is it fair? I don’t know but it is what it is.
The problematic few with their warped views are dictating what the rest have to suffer through.
I’m on the side of the LGBTQ+ community on most issues but there are undeniably extremists within that community. They are in the minority thankfully.
Hell, the LGBTQ+ people I do know (since my secondary school days) are chill as hell and just want to live their lives in peace. They just want acceptance and I’m down for that. Discriminating against people for their lifestyle choices (that don’t impact anybody else) is f-ed up.
They don’t care about brainwashing kids and promoting the Woke agenda. They got get triggered by every little thing.
The problem is right now, there’s no differentiating between those who do and those who don’t.
There needs to be a reckoning in the LGBTQ+ community between the majority who just want changes made to laws so they can live normal lives and the radical troublemakers who want to force their values down the throats of the rest of us.
Only then do I think will there be widespread acceptance in Singapore for the LGBTQ+ community.