Vincent Wijeysingha quits Singapore Democratic Party to focus on LGBT issues
Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, who in July became the first politician to declare he is gay, has resigned from the Singapore Democratic Party.
In a media statement, the SDP said Dr Wijeysingha has expressed his desire to get more involved in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and other human rights issues, and that "he finds it more effective to do it as an activist in the civil society arena".
The party added that while they were disappointed, they understood and fully support his position.
"Our loss is civil society's gain. We know that Dr Wijeysingha will carry on his work with honesty and courage. The Party has benefited immensely from his keen intellect, and we will miss his participation and contribution," it added.