People, from the hordes of aunties and uncles who claim they constitute the “silent majority” to national leaders like Putin and the religiously-motivated anti-gay Ugandan ministers, tend to say that they are protecting the children by silencing and oppressing homosexuals.
But the reason why I choose not to return to Singapore or raise my children in Singapore (nor will I choose to visit or live in Russia or Uganda) is because I want myself and especially my children to be exposed to homosexuality from young.
The same way I want my children to be exposed to different genders, races and cultures FROM YOUNG. Not when they suddenly turn mature at the age of 18.
Because I don’t want my children to be raised perverted.
I don’t want them to see the world through the lens of stigma – judging everyone based on irrelevant stereotypes.
Because this is the real world made up of all kinds of people. Our sexual orientation is not good or bad. Just like our gender or race is not good or bad. I don’t want my children to be raised with even a little bit of prejudice. I don’t want them to worship light skinned caucasians the way many Singaporeans do, because we hate and abuse dark skinned asians. Just look at how we treat maids and construction workers. If our maids and workers were actually white, would we even dare to treat them like this? I also don’t want my kids to think that men can do all these great things with themselves and their lives, while women are confined to submissive roles. I don’t want my children to be taught generalizations about the roles of women and men in relationships and at work. I don’t want them to be squeamish about homosexuality.
I want myself and my children to live without borders. Go out there and live your life. Let other people live their lives without borders.
If I’m lucky and have precocious children, it’s still no good. They will be surrounded by peers who have small minds and are not afraid to use them (referencing the HCI-FotF incident where a group of classmates stood up for the FotF workshop). They will spend over a decade of their lives in classrooms where topics are omitted by the ministry and their educators for many irrational reasons, amongst classmates who grow up unable to define concepts of “consent” and “human right”.
You might as well take my child and raise them with apes in the wild. In that case, he/she might get an education.