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28 Jun 2013

Singaporean politician Vincent Wijeysingha comes out as gay

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, an opposition politician in Singapore, has come out as gay in a Facebook post today; making him the first openly gay politician in the country.

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, a member of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), has come out as gay in a Facebook post today, a day before the fifth annual gay-affirmative Pink Dot rally which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Jun 29.

Dr Vincent Wijeysingha. Photo: Facebook

The 43-year-old social work lecturer at SIM University in Singapore on Friday afternoon posted Pink Dot's 2013 Home video with a message saying: "Just in case Fabrications About The PAP was wondering, yes, I am going to Pink Dot tomorrow. And yes, I am gay." And quipped: "PS. And no, I don't have a gay agenda." Earlier, he posted a Pink Dot cover photo on his profile.

 

During the 2011 General Elections in Singapore, his political opponent from the ruling People Action Party (PAP) told the media that the SDP was "suppressing" a video which would "raise some awkward questions" about the party's agenda.

At the time, Dr Wijeysingha was leading a team in contesting the same constituency as Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and his PAP team.

The video in question – about a constitutional challenge to repeal Singapore's anti-gay law –  showed him being introduced as "possibly the first gay MP (Member of Parliament)" in Singapore.

Dr Wijeysingha could not be contacted by press time.

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Reader's Comments

1. 2013-06-28 19:39  
brave of him to come 'out' and wish him all the best for the future. life will be more easier and pleasant if everyone just live their lives without anyone commenting on the right or wrong of anyone.
2. 2013-06-28 21:10  
Gay or not, its your character and your policies that u will be "judged"... in this age and time, it is not bravery but strength and conviction that you are open and proud. I salute u for this decision. Closet cases - take note.
3. 2013-06-28 22:01  
Good for you, Dr Wijeysingha. Wish you all the best. Hope you can help bring about some effective change for LGBT community in Singapore.
4. 2013-06-28 23:47  
A man with conviction, confidence and a keen understanding of where most of the civilized world is headed. A life to be enjoyed and emulated.
5. 2013-06-29 03:21  
Congratulations on being honest and open...hopefully you'll inspire and embolden others in your country to do likewise! Enjoy the pink dot!
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11. 2013-06-29 06:49  
Bravo! With nothing to hide, and being in politics, this could be a game-changer for Singapore. Now...who in the ruling party is going to come out??!!
12. 2013-06-29 07:17  
I could not find any news about his coming out. Nor such link that he posted on his official FB. Are you guy at Fridae sure this isn't fake?
13. 2013-07-01 09:20  
Well said, #2. I couldn't agree more. Kudos to Vincent Wijeysingha for his openness and courage. Closeted queer politicians bewarned : the more you try to hide your sexuality, the more your political enemies are going to want to expose you.

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