Singapore’s Education Minister says there is no anti-LGBT discrimination in his country

SINGAPORE - MAY 05: People's Action Party candidate for Aljunied GRC, Ong Ye Kung, speaks during a party night rally on May 5, 2011 in Singapore. Singapore's national elections will be held on May 7. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Singapore’s Minister for Education has said that LGBT+ people are not discriminated against by their sexuality or gender identity when they work or study. Minister Ong Ye Kung was speaking at the annual Singapore Summit when he was asked how the country could be more inclusive towards LGBT people. He responded that the educational system is already inclusive enough and there is no need to go further. He went on to say that it was an issue of “social mores and societal values” and that the government will “leave it to society to decide over time” about how to improve the life of all citizens, including, of course, LGBT ones. Debate has been raging in Singapore about whether or not they should repeal a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men. The debate was stoked after India repealed a similar law. Like Singapore, India’s law was in place since the country was a British colony.


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