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Liberty League… not really for liberty

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SINGAPORE : Focus groups to help gays and lesbians understand their sexual identity are just one of the things that newly set up Liberty League plans to put in place.

The non-profit organisation has received a S$100,000 grant from the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre.

Liberty League says it is the first community service group of its kind in Singapore.

Its mission is to promote gender and sexual health for the individual, family and society.

To achieve this, it will conduct sexuality talks in schools.

It will also work with organisations such as the Girls’ Brigade to educate teenagers on sexuality and biology.

The group will address issues related to romantic relationships, be they heterosexual or otherwise.

It says another important aspect of its work is focus groups for gays, lesbians and transsexuals who are grappling with their gender identities.

Currently, 70 percent of those it works with fall into this category.

There will also be support groups for parents of homosexuals.

Said Leslie Lung, founder and executive director of the Liberty League , “This is very much based on the Alcoholic Anonymous self-help principles. So people come; it’s an environment that is friendly, warm, based on friendship, encouraging people to take small steps to talk about the issues, recognize why they are doing certain things, find resolutions.”

Does it mean that Liberty League champions gay and lesbian rights?

Leslie Lung explained, “We champion human rights really. It’s about people being able to say, I’m human and sexual orientation is so wide. Being gay and lesbian is part of it; coming out of it is part of it as well.”

In a conservative society like Singapore, the league’s work can be expected to be controversial.

But the NVPC’s S$100,000 start-up grant has helped given the low-profile group a public platform for its work.

The money comes from the Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports; a ministry official also sits on the panel that approves the grants.

Said Tan Chee Koon, chief executive officer of the NVPC, “Among teenagers, there are some who are confused about sexuality issues, and do need to seek clarification and help to work them through their confusion.”

She added, “They need to go to some non-threatening parties to talk about their concerns.”

Asked about the nature of the group’s work, and those it will be working with, Mrs Tan says the NVPC is all for work that benefits the community.

She said, “We don’t sit in judgment on this score but of course it must be for the public good. It must benefit the community; it must be about good works. But if somebody in this case seeks to go out to affirm gender — in their case healthy sexuality and gender affirmation — we are neutral on that score.”

Mrs Tan added, “When I look at the grant, we are like social investors that invest in non-profit initiatives, which if they prove to be successful, the outcome is that lives are rebuilt, needs are met, volunteers are raised and community resources mobilised.”

Liberty League will be officially launched on 25 January. – CNA /ct



So the government is now trying a new tactic. Instead of prosecuting gay people for having sex, for giving blood, and just simply existing, they are now trying to make them straight.

It made my jaw drop, at first, to see this matter discussed so openly on CNA. For a moment, I thought my wildest dreams had come true, and the government was actually relenting on gay people – and giving funding to an actual support group.

Then I saw Leslie Lung’s name, and it all crashed down around me.

Newsflash: Liberty League is an ex-gay group, insidiously hiding their real intentions behind polished words and a $100000 grant. At first, their statements sound promising – “clarification”, “human rights”…. then you read past all that glitter, and the real meaning surfaces. Phrases like “coming out of it” are a dead giveaway. Their statement reads: ” ….. explore issues of sexual brokenness, orientation, gender identity and addiction.” Addiction? Interesting.

What nauseates me is not so much that this is yet another Christian ex-gay group [because, make no mistake, this IS a thinly disguised diversity-intolerant Christian ex-gay group] trying to “stamp out” homosexuality, but how the government, the media and Liberty League are colluding to make this appear all rosy and inviting.

If anyone knows anything about Leslie Lung, the founder, is that he is a self-proclaimed “ex-transsexual”, who is preaching the message of heterosexuality to anyone who listens. He is the author of the book “Freedom of Choice”, a collection of greatly exaggerated, depressing stories, mostly about being gay. He also travels around, preaching in schools and such. I know, because I was one of those girls once who were trapped in a hall listening to his ignorant words. That he, would actually set up a gay-affirming group, is beyond imagination to anyone who knows him. I’ve met him, and his new-found “heterosexuality” does not seem to have extended to his effiminate behaviour. The psychologist must have had a hard time trying to change that – that’s the way he was born, after all.

I just hope that girls and boys out there, who might be struggling with issues of same-sex attraction and not knowing the real nature of Liberty League, will never fall into their hands. For it will certainly destroy them emotionally and psychologically.

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Tags: singapore


# kimberlycun 2010-02-02 20:10

kimberlycun said,

January 16, 2006 at 11:45 pm

well, from the article, i couldnt see any reference to liberty league as an effort to make gay people straight. however, if it’s true leslie lung is how you claimed to be, i hope people will learn more about the organisation before supporting it.
# loupgarou 2010-02-02 20:10

loupgarou said,

January 18, 2006 at 3:08 pm

Leslie Lung explained, �We champion human rights really. It�s about people being able to say, I�m human and sexual orientation is so wide. Being gay and lesbian is part of it; coming out of it is part of it as well.�

“Coming out of it?” there are many high profile ex-gays that haven’t really come out of it..
# axe 2010-02-02 20:10

axe said,

January 18, 2006 at 6:29 pm

Big effing WORD on all you said!
I read that article through Redqueen and was incredulous, to say the least.

BTW I think what you’re doing here for the queer community is truly admirable =]
# Clyde 2010-02-02 20:10

Clyde said,

January 19, 2006 at 2:05 am

Congrats on your new blog guys. I’m sure this will benefit the queer women community. But why isn’t the most awesome-est blogger Yawning Bread on your blogroll? Or is it strictly a ladies-club…
# Global Voices 2010-02-02 20:10

Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » Singapore: Closet Agenda? said,

January 19, 2006 at 7:10 am

[...] Blogs in Singapore are discussing a recent government grant to a group known as “Liberty League,” formed to help “gays and lesbians understand their sexual identity.” Sayoni Speak, a new queer blog, writes that the group’s name is misleading — it’s actually a Christian group of ex-homosexuals “trying to ’stamp out’ homosexuality.” [...]
# 2010-02-02 20:10
# » Blog Archive » Not Actually Liberal-Minded said,

January 19, 2006 at 11:39 am

[...] Related: Popagandhi Yawning Bread Sayoni [...]
# 2010-02-02 20:11
# » Blog Archive » Not Actually Liberal said,

January 19, 2006 at 1:03 pm

[...] Related: Popagandhi Yawning Bread Sayoni [...]
# Izumi Kashigawa 2010-02-02 20:11

Izumi Kashigawa said,

January 19, 2006 at 9:09 pm

If you are really championing for authentic freedom of choice, then why can’t you accept gay people choosing to be straight just like you’re wanting straight people to allow gay people to be gay?

Homosexuals are living lives behind a fragile facade. It looks nice, but as one yourself, you should know how temporal it is. Do relations last? Is love real? Is the pleasure you get worth it all?

No. And that’s because homosexual is unnatural. And you know what? Deep down inside you, you know it as well. It’s just that accepting facts like this goes beyond your principals of defending your pride no matter what.

And you know how I know? Because I’m gay too. I didn’t choose to be gay just like no one choose to be gay. But I think that if someone is serious about helping us out of this miserable lifestyle – even if it’s only an attempt – I’d give it a shot. What do I have to lose? My dignity? Well, it’s not as if homosexual sex is dignified in any way to start with.

Why do these people spend so much time, effort and money in trying to reach out to homosexuals and trying to change them? If it’s for the money, they obviously have many more lucrative and less controvercial channels to get the greens through. I believe their concern is sincere. Why not let them give it a shot?

Homosexuals live broken lives. Denial only makes this permanent.
# pleinelunee 2010-02-02 20:11

pleinelune said,

January 19, 2006 at 9:43 pm

Mr. Izumi, your self-loathing homophobia is proof enough what the ex-gay movement has done to us.

True, if someone really wants to “become straight”, and remain miserable all his life, that’s really his choice. We are not stopping you – your misery is your own choice.

What we are trying to stop is Liberty League passing off as a gay-friendly group, who intends to perpetuate their very religious, and destructive message in schools. I cannot give you an accurate count of how many gay teenagers commit suicide every year, due to societal pressure and the internalised homophobia. Hence, I cannot, in any conscience, stand back and let LL push more teenagers onto the self-destructive path. I am not going to let LL electrocute gay people to make them straight. I cannot let LL damage gay people for life, making them believe they are freaks. Like you already seem to believe.

And you might want to note, the ex-gay movement has a very poor track record. Many spokesmen for the movement have been caught, literally, with their pants down. Many people who undergo therapy emerge not as “unbroken” straight individuals, but deeply closetted, self-denying liars.

And I strongly contest your point that homosexuals lead broken lives. Just because the men you slept with jilted you, does not mean everyone is like that. You can’t tell ST, one of writers here, that her deeply committed 12-year relationship with another woman is “broken”. You can’t tell my lesbian friends in a relationship that their deep love for each is broken, when one of them suffers from advanced breast cancer, and the other has stayed by her side throughout the whole saga, when she could easily have left. You can’t tell her uncle that his 25-year relationship with a man is wrong.

And might I ask you, do heterosexual relationships last? Does every knot tied in our world end in the couple dying together in old age, still in love? You are making a lot of assumptions here, Mr Izumi, and that’s not the basis of a good argument.

Good luck to you. You really need it.
# AAkikonomu 2010-02-02 20:11

Akikonomu said,

January 20, 2006 at 11:25 pm

If you are really championing for authentic freedom of choice, then why can�t you accept gay people choosing to be straight just like you�re wanting straight people to allow gay people to be gay?

Except according to Liberty League, the only healthy sexual identity one is free to practise is a non-gay identity.
# Lesile Lung 2010-02-02 20:11

Lesile Lung « Straight talk for LGBTs said,

March 3, 2008 at 12:25 pm

[...] My first contact with his name was in 2006: When he started Liberty League, a private registered company that almost received $100,000 from the National Volunteer and Philanthropic Centre (NVPC) to support its activities in 2006. Liberty League is linked to Exodus, a fundamentalist Christian group that utilizes reparative therapy. The harms of reparative therapy has been documented in numerous studies. You can read news surrounding Liberty League here, here, here and here. [...]

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