Singapore’s Wijeysingha is first politician to come out of the closet

Singapore's opposition politician Vincent Wijeysingha (pic) has come out as the first politician in the island republic to declare he is gay, sparking talk on whether it signals that society has moved on homosexuality.

Last Friday, he posted on his Facebook page that he was going for the Pink Dot gathering the next day (June 29). The Pink Dot Singapore event began in 2009. Attendees gather to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. The 2013 edition was held at the island's Hong Lim Park.

"And yes, I am gay," wrote the 43-year-old social work lecturer. "PS. And no, I don't have a gay agenda."

The latter was a reference to a controversy during Singapore's 2011 General Election, when he was fielded as a Singapore Democratic Party candidate in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC, reported the Straits Times.

The People's Action Party had highlighted an online video showing Dr Wijeysingha at a forum on gay issues and asked if he or SDP intended to pursue a gay agenda. - July 3, 2013.


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