New group to fight for fairness at work for gays

PHOTO: New group to fight for fairness at work for gays

A group has been formed to combat discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace.

It is called the Article 12 Non-Discrimination @ Workplace Committee, after a clause in Singapore's Constitution.

A member of the group, Mr Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, argued that Article 12, which states that "all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law", applies to all, regardless of sexual orientation.

"Discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders at the workplace - especially gay men - has been ongoing. We should not be treated any differently."

Human-rights activists Vincent Wijeysingha and Jolovan Wham, Ms Jean Chong of lesbian group Sayoni, and Mr Roy Tan, one of the founders of gay-rights event Pink Dot, are also members of the group.

A campaign will kick off with a video online about discrimination against gay workers, featuring interviews with personalities such as former Methodist Church bishop Yap Kim Hao and Mrs Constance Singam, former president of the Association of Women for Action and Research.

The campaign will launch tomorrow with an event at the home of prominent film and theatre director Glen Goei, who has said that he is a supporter of the cause.

The group also aims to raise US$30,000 (S$37,500) for Mr Wee's ongoing bid at the High Court to declare discrimination against homosexuals unconstitutional.

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