My friend, Princessa was the one who opened up this subject. Apparently there is a group in Singapore who wants to repeal the section 377a which according to Wikipedia and I quote.
“Section 377A was introduced in 1938 to criminalize all other non-penetrative sexual acts between men. ‘Gross indecency‘ is a broad term which, from a review of past cases in Singapore, has been applied to mutual masturbation, genital contact, or even lewd behavior without direct physical contact. As with section 377, performing such acts in private does not constitute a defense. There is no law in Singapore equally specific to non-penetrative lesbian sex.”
It seems that this repeal has been causing a quite a lot of raucous nowadays. People are taking sides, and it’s not healthy.
Gays, lesbians they are the same as the next person. It’s just a matter of preference. For me what we should dwell upon is respect. This is something that is hard to chance upon these days.
Gay people are normal human beings who just want to live without people judging censoring them. As long as they’re not stepping on anybody’s shoes, there’s no reason for us to deny them the rights that heterosexuals have.
I myself am guilty of making them feel different by trying so hard to make them feel accepted. One quarter of my friends are gay and I don’t have anything against them.
So when I read the term gross indecency in how gay acts are being described, I was taken aback. I thought we’re living in a new age? Where now is freedom of expression?
I do not want to cause trouble, and neither do I want to put my friends in a compromising situation. I merely want to voice out my opinion.
Haven’t any one of us made any choice or act that most people deem as unpopular or bordering on morality and yet we feel that we have done nothing wrong? When people scrutinizes us, we feel violated right?
Let’s give people a chance to be who they want to be. At the end of the day, it’s still their lives to live. Try to understand other people as others try to understand us.
The world is big enough to keep us from stepping on each other’s toes. There’s no need to worry about someone else’s sexuality.
Before I conclude this, I want to leave three rules that I consider as my lifes’ mantra:
1. The Golden Rule: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.
2. Machiavelli: The end justifies the means
3. Adam Smith: The invisible hand (the public will benefit as you pursue your own cause)
I didn’t really have all of these when I was a kid. Through the years, I have learned to go by these simple rules even if I’m not consciously thinking about them.
Think about these things together before you make your stand. I hope next time, judgmental people would actually stop and use their brain first before even uttering a single syllable.
(a photo of me with my best gay friend
since secondary school)
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