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In memoriam: Anthony Yeo (1949-2009)

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22 Jul 2009

by C. S. Zhou

A memorial service will be held this Friday, Jul 24, to celebrate the life of Anthony Yeo, and to honour his contributions and support of the GLBTQ community. C. S. Zhou of the Free Community Church recalls his first meeting with the counsellor at a symposium to address homosexuality and the church a decade ago.

Widely regarded as Singapore’s “Father of Counselling”, Anthony Yeo, 60, passed away on Jun 20 from complications as a result of his leukaemia, leaving behind his brother, wife and two children. He was the founder and clinical director of Counselling and Care Centre. He had numerous letters published in the press on social issues including calling for more understanding and acceptance of lesbians and gays in society. The following tribute is contributed by C. S. Zhou of the Free Community Church. Continue reading ‘In memoriam: Anthony Yeo (1949-2009)’

ST Forum: Focus on tolerance and unity, not name-calling

27 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum

Focus on tolerance and unity, not name-calling

I REFER to yesterday’s Forum Online letter (”Sexually challenged isn’t an offensive term referring to gays”) by Mr Tan Keng Soon.

I acknowledge that there will always be some people here who might not readily accept our fellow Singaporeans for who they are. However, I feel we should not be calling them names.

It is unclear whether using labels like ‘sexually challenged’ may make a difference to the sexual orientation of Singaporeans. What we do know is that using negative labels is hurtful and tantamount to a form of hate speech.

If we persist in using such terms, we are only persisting in being divisive, which is socially and economically not viable for Singapore.

Divisiveness in society, as history has shown, is fertile ground for external elements to bring a country to its knees.

I think it is time we stand together and stop the name-calling. All of us have our differences, but the one thing we share in common, besides being Singaporeans, is being human.

Let’s try to work on that, shall we?

Laremy Lee

ST online forum: ‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays

26 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum

‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays

I WISH to comment on Dr Thio Su Mien’s reference to homosexuals as sexually challenged people (‘Gay activists a key constituency of Aware’, May 18).

Unlike one letter writer to Forum, I do not think that is offensive. It is a fact that homosexuality is an abnormality for the simple reason that it is against the laws of nature. Nature intended each species to reproduce itself and homosexuality does not do the job. Continue reading ‘ST online forum: ‘Sexually challenged’ isn’t an offensive term referring to gays’

ST Forum: Why teaching youth about condoms is important

25 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum

Why teaching youth about condoms is important

I REFER to last Wednesday’s Forum Online letter, “Useful programme except for condom excerpt” by Mr Steven Tan, in which he argues that teaching youth about condom use will “confuse” them into unprotected sexual activity.

Last November, it was reported in the media that one in four sexually active women does not use birth control. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Why teaching youth about condoms is important’

ST Forum: Offensive to call people ‘sexually challenged’

23 May 2009
Straits Times Print Forum

DR THIO’S LETTER
Offensive to call people ‘sexually challenged’

I read Dr Thio Su Mien’s letter on Monday (‘Gay activists a key constituency of Aware’) with a curious mix of appalled bemusement.

Referring to the ‘activist homosexual group’ that was present at the recent extraordinary general meeting of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) in support of the old guard, Dr Thio stated: ‘Many sexually challenged women were among the most vocal and vociferous supporters of the old guard’. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Offensive to call people ‘sexually challenged’’

ST Forum: Supporting gay rights does not make one gay

23 May 2009
Straits Times Online forum

Teach sex education in context of meaningful relationships
I READ with interest the reports on how sex education is needed to counter worrying trends and the approaches to be taken.

There is one important factor missing in all the discussions and that is the context in which sex happens – in a relationship.

Sex education is not just about teaching how sex takes place or when sexuality is aroused. Nor is it about accepting the barrage of emotions involved in exploring alternative lifestyles. These make up only one component of sex education. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Supporting gay rights does not make one gay’

ST Forum: Self-described feminist mentor’s actions invited a reaction

19 May 2009
Straits times Online Forum

Self-described feminist mentor’s actions invited a reaction
I REFER to Monday’s letter by Dr Thio Su Mien, ‘Gay activists a key constituency of Aware’. I would like to highlight a number of statements she made that serve no purpose other than to confuse.

I am perplexed how Dr Thio can, in the same paragraph, say that Aware’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) manual ‘expressly states that homosexuality is neutral and normal’, and then go on to attack the content of the CSE programme as ‘non-neutral’. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Self-described feminist mentor’s actions invited a reaction’

ST Forum: Gay activists a key constituency of Aware

18 May 2009
Straits Times Print Forum

Gay activists a key constituency of Aware

I REFER to last Saturday’s letter, ‘Aware has never had a ‘gay agenda” by Ms Dana Lam, president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware). Since I was specifically mentioned, a response is called for.

First, the fact that Aware has done sterling work for women in the 24 years of its existence is not disputed. The ‘ex-new exco’, in its press statement, acknowledged this contribution and declared its commitment to build on these foundations. Continue reading ‘ST Forum: Gay activists a key constituency of Aware’

ST forum: We want our child to grow up non-discriminative

11 May 2009
Straits Times Online Forum

We want our child to grow up non-discriminative
WE REFER to last Saturday’s report, ‘Aware programme ‘exceeded guidelines”, and the justifications given by concerned parents (both in the press and online) that homosexuality is not neutral because it is ‘not natural’ and illegal.

There is increasing evidence from psychologists and scientists that suggests that sexual orientations go deeper than mere lifestyle choices and there may be genetics at work that swing people one way or another. Even nature (animal kingdom) has numerous bisexual, asexual and transsexual examples as biology evolves with its environment. Continue reading ‘ST forum: We want our child to grow up non-discriminative’

TheWayangParty: LEAKED: Appeal to Prime Minister on values of marriage and family

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6 May 2009

From The Informant Network Team:

Here’s another email forwarded to Prime Minister Lee, a few PAP MPs and many other people to manipulate public perception against the CSE.

The segment on homosexuality takes up only 5 minutes of the 3 hour CSE which is taught only to 11 schools in Singapore.

It is most ridiculous to accuse it as part of a homosexual plot to undermine the institution of marriage in Singapore. Continue reading ‘TheWayangParty: LEAKED: Appeal to Prime Minister on values of marriage and family’


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