Monday, July 09, 2007
SAFE's letter in response to Janadas Devan's article
The following letter was sent to The Straits Times online forum. It was not published. We have reprinted the letter in full here.


We refer to the article, "Can mum, mum and kids make a family?" by Janadas Devan, on 7 July 2007.

We commend Mr. Devan as he has so clearly pointed out that families can and are made up of different combinations of adults and children. At SAFE (Supporting, Affirming and Empowering our Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered family and friends), we believe that any adults in a loving and stable relationship should have children if they want to.

As family and friends of LGBT Singaporeans, we applaud Mr. Devan's willingness to see beyond the usual homophobic attitudes of judging others. We believe that it is possible for society to change and we would have a more just and fair Singapore if we treat all our fellow citizens with respect regardless of race, language, religion or sexual orientation. As long as there is love and respect and the parents bring up their children well, what does it matter if a family is made up of Mama, Mama and kids or Papa, Papa and kids?

- Khoo Hoon Eng