y’all are like “ooh everyone is beautiful” “ooh everyone deserves to feel hot” and then three seconds later you’re making fun of people who cover their acne with makeup and people who haven’t mastered winged eyeliner yet like grow the hell up you don’t get to pick and choose times to be body positive
"Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice."
"We are all queer fish, queerer behind our faces and voices than we want any one to know or than we know ourselves. When I hear a man proclaiming himself an ‘average, honest, open fellow,’ I feel pretty sure that he has some definite and perhaps terrible abnormality which he has agreed to conceal- and his protestation of being average and honest and open is his way of reminding himself of his misprision."
Free My Library
So we don’t teach about alternative, non-conventional families. But do these families exist in Singapore? Can our families only be defined by a marriage certificate issued by the Singapore government? If yes, do we just restrict ourselves to Singapore? Are you implying that there is a perfect model family unit that we must all adhere to?
Sure, it would be ideal if everyone lived together with their complete set of parents but the world is not all rainbows and unicorns. Normalising gay relationships or single parents does not mean everyone is going to turn gay or divorce their partners the next day. Even children with both mum and dad might not necessarily be happy
And the crux of the problem is that NOT EVERYONE thinks being gay or transgender is a sin or is biologically wrong. Neither are gay people interested in turning other people gay. Even if the majority thinks that being gay is deviant does not mean they are right. And I question if those “pro-family” people are really in the majority or just from a certain church.
And I’m really upset by those hurtful comments made in the hate group about lgbt people. Do they not realise that these “homo-facists” and “homo-nazis” are actually fellow Singaporeans who live amongst us? I don’t even want to label them as Lgbt because we’re all the same! They’re not somebody from another planet but my friends and family! We hold the same kinds of jobs, serve the same army, talk the same talk and have the same dreams. Jesus, they really need to widen their circle of friends!
Removing books because it offends certain segments of the society also upset me. This reeks of awful censorship. How many books we call classics today were the “Tango Makes Three” of their time?
I am in what some might call, the pro-lgbt camp, but that doesn’t mean I am anti-family. Or not being a mother means I don’t care about what kids are reading today because I grew up in the library and it still remained one of my favourite places in the city. There is only so much you can do. I remember being a child and sneaking books off the adult section. It must be a wonder that I turned out quite alright.
One day, that child is going to grow up and question why men are marrying men in other countries. I hope he or she is going to be able to deal with that.
Having read the banned books, I find them to be very endearing and if I ever have children of my own, I’ll definitely be using the books as a resource to teach my children about diversity and acceptance of people who are not the same, that just because it is different, does not mean it is wrong.