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Singaporean Paralympic medalist calls out minister over gay sex law

Singaporean Paralympic medalist calls out minister over gay sex law

Singaporean Paralympian Theresa Goh wins a medal in 2016 (Photo: Facebook)

Queer paralympic medalist Theresa Goh has called out Singapore’s Minister for Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam, and urged him to decriminalize gay sex in the city.

Shanmugam this week shared on his Facebook news of a lesbian couple who were brutally beaten on a bus in London earlier this month.

‘Everyone, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, must feel safe in society’ he wrote.

‘And in Singapore, I have said that Government has a duty to ensure that.’

Sharing Shanmugam’s post, Goh said ‘saying this is nice but it is not good enough. Do more.’

She used the hashtag #repeal377A. Section 377A of Singapore’s colonial-era Penal Code criminalizes gay sex with up to two years in prison.

In September 2018 after India dismantled a similar law, Shanmugam said the Singaporean government would only consider repealing Section 377A if the majority of the public were in favor of it.

Goh told Gay Star News she felt the need to say something because she was ‘tired of seeing people in power saying things without putting anything into action’.

‘The ruling party and government should always have their citizens interests at heart and they cannot say they’ve done that when so many of their people are treated like second class citizens’ she explained.

‘So do right by us’ she urged. ‘Make us equal’.

Paralympic medallist Goh came out as gay in June 2017.

The 30-year-old was chosen as a public ambassador for Singapore’s Pink Dot pride event.

Growing up, Goh said: ‘When I looked in the papers, television or movies, I never saw anyone on a wheelchair, let alone someone on a wheelchair who is gay.’

In conservative Singapore, authorities rarely use Section 377A. Despite renewed calls to abolish the rights-abusing law, the majority of Singaporeans support it.

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