TNP: Live proud, not loud (Oct 25)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Live proud, not loud

HOMOSEXUALS should not actively promote their lifestyles. 25 October 2007

HOMOSEXUALS should not actively promote their lifestyles.

Using the case of gay teacher Otto Fong, PM Lee said Singapore should strive to maintain a balance, to uphold a stable society with traditional heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their lives and to contribute to society.

He said in Parliament yesterday: 'The recent case of Mr Otto Fong who is a teacher in Raffles Institution.

'He's gay, he's a good teacher by all accounts. He put up a blog which outed, described his own sexual inclinations and... explained how he was gay.

'And he circulated it to his colleagues and it became public.'

The New Paper broke this story last month, and reported that the teacher had revealed himself to be gay in a blog. We also reported that he had meant the blog to be read by his friends and colleagues, not his students.

But, because students were also reading the blog, he had taken it down and apologised.

PM said of the teacher: 'He continues teaching in RI today. So there is space. There are limits.'