Discriminatory remarks made against LGBTQ community during Sec 4 assembly in HCI

By DAvengingAngels

On 13 July 2022, a talk held during an assembly session for secondary 4 students in Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) purportedly took aim at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community at large, with certain presentation slides construing an individual's sexual orientation as societally polarizing (see screenshots provided above).

Some subtly demeaning quotes from the school counsellor who spoke included the following:

• "SSA (same sex attraction) is not a sign of one being gay/homosexual."

• "We should not be too hasty in labelling ourselves."

• "If you choose to come out, it's not the end of the world."

An instagrammer who goes by the handle heckin.unicorn later shared in depth about what exactly transpired:

Images courtesy of Heckin' Unicorn

Video by trueLove.is shared during the talk

As of this writing (16 July 2022), it is understood that the school principal Mr Pang Choon How plans to address the entire secondary school cohort on 18 July 2022 - here's hoping a meaningful resolution will eventuate thereupon.

Editor's Note: According to mainstream news reports, the councillor involved has since been "reprimanded and suspended from delivering such lessons"; a HCI spokesman further added that the school will subsequently "review its processes to ensure such cases are not repeated".


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