Singapore – Today we observe the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).
We believe that many Singaporeans from all sectors of society are taking vital steps toward creating a society that is inclusive and non-discriminatory of people of a variety of gender identities and sexual orientation.
IDAHO was spearheaded by Fondation Émergence, and first organised in Quebec in 2003.
It is a theme-day set aside for the fight against homophobia – a global problem that cuts across national, racial and religious borders and undermines the unity of families and communities everywhere, including in Singapore.
May 17 marks the day when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1992
In Singapore, we first observed IDAHO last year. And only yesterday, the groundbreaking Pink Dot event saw many Singaporeans from all walks of life come together to celebrate diversity and the acceptance of LGBT Singaporeans, who should be treated as full and equal members of our society.
This expresses our hope for greater acceptance and equality for Singaporeans who identify as queer.
Queer integration and inclusion in Singapore is and will always remain a community effort.
It does not matter if one identifies as straight or queer – we can all do a part to continually build bridges and platforms for open and meaningful communication.
The fostering of friendship, information and solidarity will see us through the continual battle with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in our society.
We at SinQSA wish to honour and thank all the people in Singapore who have stood against homophobia and stood up for friendship and understanding.
Together we move away from homophobia, and towards recognition and respect for all.