Responses to “I’m a transgender in Singapore, and I don’t support Pink Dot”
Identity politics is the socio-political grouping of people into specific demographics- defined by race, gender orientation, ethnicity or some other vague criteria to embrace a morally obliged community and agenda. However, before identity politics can even work, it assumes that the individuals suffer from a medley of grave social inequality, institutionalized discrimination and injustice.
Sometimes they are true, however, more often than not, they are exaggerated, amplified, or simply mass hysteria. By creating a victimhood mentality, rallies the group and allies together on a united, common ground, standing in solidarity against some perceived inequality, pitting the society into an us versus them standoff.
How is this relevant to Singapore? Imagine, if anti-Pink Dot sentiments, like those from my previous article, was expressed by a heterosexual, cis-chinese male, what would be the standard response to it? “You are a privileged, sexist, homophobe/transphobe, who doesn’t understand the struggles of the LGBT community! You have no empathy towards the minorities and the struggles they face.” And the pointers will roll off everyone like water off the back of a duck. This is how the religious and the conservatives folks have been silenced by the LGBT & social justice left by cries of homophobes, even if they held good valid points.
Are identities much more important than good ideas?
Why are we subscribing to this backward, atavism ideology of judging people not by content of character but of your identity?
Coming out as a trans was a difficult period of my life. Going through National Service and later, reservist was also hard. Yes, I faced discrimination on dating apps like Tinder, (And yes, males having a preference for cis-females and not transgendered females are not being transphobic. People can have personal preferences for race and gender without being labelled racist or transphobic. More on this on my next articles.) but I took it in my stride without developing a victimhood mentality, and I built my own circle of friends and loved ones as I grew both personally and professionally.
To my LGBT friends, yes, being gay/trans is part of who you are and what makes you, you. But don’t let this ‘victimhood’ mentality define your very existence and shape your perspective on life. We celebrate diversity, and that includes diversity of identities, and most importantly, diversity of ideas. Inclusivity, not intolerance.
Having a difference in opinion does not always equate to discrimination from the right.
Are you also a fellow gay/trans who does not support Pink Dot? I would love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I’ll be penning another article soon, so wait out for it on my page, Syonan Wire: https://www.facebook.com/Syonan-Wire-1496545930407634/