Don't draw stereotypes from one case

Don't draw stereotypes from one case
Club One Seven.

SINGAPORE - He was found hanging inside a room at a men-only club, Club One Seven, at Upper Circular Road on Nov 19, last year with a metal chain around his neck.

Was it a suicide or a kinky sexual act gone horribly wrong? The reason behind the death of Mr Yeo Hung Song, 49, remains a mystery, ruled the coroner's court.

Executive director of Oogachaga, Mr Bryan Choong, urged people not to draw stereotypes from a single case. Oogachaga provides counselling and support for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning) individuals.

Mr Choong said that it is not appropriate to look at a single case and comment on whether it is representative of the entire gay community.

"It is the personal tragedy of an individual, which has now become a family tragedy as they have lost a son, a brother and a loved one. We need to be very respectful of that," he said.

Court papers did not reveal Mr Yeo's sexual orientation.

Mr Choong said sexual orientation and gender identity per se are not predictors of suicide.

Instead, contributing factors include the general lack of a supportive environment for LGBTQ people, non-acceptance from family and peers and workplace discrimination.

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