28 Jun '14, 3pm

Pink Dot 2014

Pink Dot 2014

I am hon­oured to have been invited to speak at this year’s Pink Dot as part of a new seg­ment called “Com­mu­nity Voices”. This is what I said: When I was in sec­ondary school I was among the for­tu­nate few to have friends who were gay. Some of whom I knew were gay before they knew or cared to admit. My father was the most con­cerned, of course, and told me he was wor­ried that I would get affected or influ­enced — in his own words, “you spend so much time with him, you become a gay then you know”. I said, “Pa, look at me, I can’t dress to save my life. I wish I could be influenced”. Then came National Ser­vice, the 2 and a half years that was meant to make men out of boys. Inter­est­ingly, it was also where I learned how brave my gay army mates were, and how they stood the tallest among the fight­ing men in my com­bat unit. Not only did they endure the phys­i­cal duress...

Full article: http://miyagi.sg/2014/06/pink-dot-2014/

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