Pink Dot 2014

Photo © Shawn Danker
Photo © Shawn Danker

I was deeply honoured to be invited to speak at the Community Voices segment at Pink Dot on 28 June 2014 at Hong Lim Park, & this is what I said:

My name is Yangfa & I stand before you as a proud gay man, a proud social worker & a very proud uncle of 5 wonderful nieces.

I know life can be hard if you’re different.

If you’re too tall or too fat. If you have a single parent or a disability.

If you’re left-handed or transgender or gay or bi.

And life can be even harder if you’re different & you’re still in school. And you get bullied. Because there are bullies everywhere.

They are in Russia & in Singapore.

They’re in our classrooms & in our parliament.

They can even be online & onstage performing magic tricks in Chai Chee!

But WE are also everywhere.

If you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning & getting bullied, just look around: You are not alone.

And for all of us, please speak up & stand up to bullies. Call them out for the cowards they really are.

Their homophobia & transphobia will crumble when we speak up.

As the great Harvey Milk reminded us: “Hope will never be silent.”

We will survive all this!

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