Towards inclusivity for greater good

As a sovereign state, Singapore cannot be forced to follow any norms ("Case for govt agencies to act for the common good" by Mr Jervin Lim Teng Lai; last Sunday).

However, we must put our ears to the ground and listen, lest we be left out.

To achieve the greater good for our society, we should not completely seal the floodgates, but allow "divergent views" to filter in and blend into our society over time.

This will avoid massive pushback from the conservatives in our society.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups are given space to express themselves here.

They have held the Pink Dot rally legally, openly and peacefully for many years now.

This has resulted in a greater understanding of them, and we are beginning to see heterosexual people in the crowd supporting them.

We have come a long way in accepting minorities. Like it or not, LGBTs are here to stay, and I hope acceptance of them will come sooner rather than later.

Ho San Cheow (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 28, 2015, with the headline 'Towards inclusivity for greater good'. Print Edition | Subscribe