Hopefully we can begin a dialogue, based on a mutual understanding that we are all human, deserving of love and compassion.” Since the time of your first post, you have garnered a visceral reaction from various members of the LGBT community.
I have yet to read what my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters have written but I can imagine the content and sentiment through the community page I manage - incredulous, harsh and steeped in anger. But my letter to you does not stem from pity so I hope you hear me out, another gay man writing to you, with an open heart. I sincerely thank you for the acknowledgement and for saying that the LGBT community does not deserve alienation.
In the midst of such senseless tragedy that has taken place halfway across the world, and the recent developments targeting the LGBT community here in Singapore, yes I read your words with hope.
I stand by my reply when I say I hope that we may begin a dialogue.
I have not always regarded you, your wife or even your flock well.
Over the last few years, your widely publicised beliefs on the issue of homosexuality in Singapore, as well as your opposition to the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code has not cast you in a good light with the LGBT community.
On the other hand, it won't be all bad because we'll get to look at everyone else's embarrassing stuff.
As more and more of our lives are captured in photos and videos, the risk of our embarrassing personal items/body parts continues to rise, until finally we'll be forced to hide all of our embarrassing things before we turn on our devices every morning because the world is one giant webcam.
They are often in the backgrounds of photos taken by people who leave their dildos, tampons, old people and naked butts out so often they didn't even notice that they were there.
The below is an open letter sent by Nicholas Lim, founder and Facebook administrator of GLBT Voices Singapore to Pastor Lawrence Khong of Faith Community Baptist Church, in an attempt to reach out for a dialogue to bridge the differences between Mr Khong's flock and LGBT community.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Khong issued a statement on his public fanpage about the Orlando shooting and wrote, "if any of us Christians feel that they deserve to die because of their sin, we must think again.
The Bible tells us that ALL of us deserve to die because of our sins. Instead, this is a time for compassion, love, and healing." I want to pray that we will continue to wear white as long as there is pink, and we will wear white until the pink is gone, and even if the pink is gone we will continue to wear white,” Below is the open letter to Mr Khong in full Dear Mr Lawrence Khong, I am writing to you in reply to your original Facebook post expressing sympathy and compassion for the forty-nine slain LGBT victims at the gay nightclub, Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
This is actually an extended reply; my original reply in the form of a Facebook post that shared yours, said “Thank you Lawrence Khong (FCBC) for acknowledging the attack on the LGBT community in Orlando.