Thinking Aloud

Of faith, hope, love and the law: Should Section 377A stay or go?

Society’s attitudes are changing. Give-and-take is needed to make Singapore a place for everyone, including the LGBTQ community

Attendees at the Pink Dot rally at Hong Lim Park on June 18, 2022. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
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"How would you react if I told you I'm gay?" my nine-year-old son asked me one day.

I was tempted to give him a lengthy exposition on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Singapore, the history of Section 377A of the Penal Code which criminalises sex between men, and the Court of Appeal's upholding earlier this year of a lower court's decision to dismiss challenges to S377A.

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