Couple face homophobic backlash after kiss goes viral
‚ÄúIs this another publicity stunt by the gay community?‚ÄĚ
A homophobic opinion piece, which described two men kissing on a metro train as ‚ÄúSimply disgusting‚ÄĚ, went viral over the weekend resulting in a torrent of abuse being directed towards the young men.
Writing for local news website All Singapore Stuff ‚Äď whose acronym pleasingly is ASS ‚Äď the author of the take down piece asks the question: ‚ÄúWhat if my children saw this and asked ‚ÄėMummy, why are the two men kissing?‚Äô
‚ÄúWould I have to answer ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs the same as normal love and marriage‚Ä¶'‚ÄĚ It would be lovely is this is where they finished writing, but alas that‚Äôs not the case. The ‚Äėwriter‚Äô continues: ‚ÄúThe only difference is that one man opens his buttocks for the other man to put his private part inside but in the end, no babies come out. They only get AIDS?!‚ÄĚ
Adding: ‚ÄúIs this another publicity stunt by the gay community?
‚ÄúMost people in SG already know they exist but would prefer that they just go back inside the closet and stop seeking attention,‚ÄĚ they add.
One of the men who features in the photo is Australian Peter Eggenhuizen; he explained to the starobserver.com that he ‚Äúfelt mortified and violated,‚ÄĚ by the takedown piece.
‚ÄúTo rub salt into the wound, the author went on to attack my act of love and affection. But I feel the need to rise above it and raise awareness that this is unacceptable, he added.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIn many countries homosexuality is still illegal and this could have real and dangerous consequences,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúBy being openly gay in Australia the risk of homophobic attacks increases, whether that be verbal, physical, or in our case online.
‚ÄúI will continue to spread my love and do it my way. Spread love, not hate.‚ÄĚ
The ‚Äď and we use this term in its loosest sense ‚Äď ‚Äėauthor‚Äô of the homophobic piece, concludes their sentiments by quoting a member of the country‚Äôs governing People‚Äôs Action Party, Chan Chun Sing. The politician and Minister in the Prime Minister‚Äôs office was addressing around 300 students in September when he said: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not going to discriminate ‚Ä¶ (You‚Äôre free to do) whatever you do behind your bedroom doors ‚Ä¶ It‚Äôs not my problem. I‚Äôm not a sex policeman ‚Ä¶ But if you tell everyone to champion pro-LGBT or anti-LGBT (causes), it (might) cause social divisions, so (I have to step in) to be the policeman in the middle.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt seems that we really need sex policemen like Mr Chan,‚ÄĚ argues the article‚Äôs author, ‚ÄúAnd stricter laws to keep the urges of the gay community in check.
‚ÄúThe gay minority can do whatever they want in their bedroom but they should not be going around promoting the gay lifestyle and demanding for gay marriage. They can be gay but we have our right not to accept their behaviour in public.‚ÄĚ
Homosexuality is still illegal in Singapore and same-sex activity between men can be punished with up to two years in prison, although the law is generally not enforced. The past few years have proven a difficult time for LGBT rights in the country with its Pink Dot festival ‚Äď the closest thing they have to an LGBT Pride celebration ‚Äď coming under fire from the government for their external sponsors.
This year‚Äôs gathering, which took place on Saturday 4 June, was supported this year by a total of 18 companies ‚Äď double the sponsors from 2015 ‚Äď including Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Apple.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released a statement in response to the increasing popularity of the event at the time, asking sponsors not to ‚Äúfund, support or influence‚ÄĚ Singaporean issues.
They said: ‚ÄúThe Government‚Äôs general position has always been that foreign entities should not interfere in our domestic issues, especially political issues or controversial social issues with political overtones.
‚ÄúThese are political, social or moral choices for Singaporeans to decide for ourselves. LGBT issues are one such example.‚ÄĚ
The country‚Äôs Prime Minister also warned LGBT groups to not ‚Äúpush the agenda too hard‚ÄĚ last year, as he believes the country isn‚Äôt ready for movements such as same-sex marriage.
Other LGBT issues that have emerged in the past include a petition to ban Adam Lambert from performing due to his sexual orientation and the boycott Madonna‚Äôs Rebel Heart concert.
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