This article appeared originally in The Huffington Post.
To mark Pink Dot 2017 which will be happening on 1 July at Hong Lim Park, I am releasing this timeline of the Pink Dot Movement which started in 2009 in Singapore.
May Be Of Interest
- What is LGBT?
- Timeline of LGBT Rights
- YouTube video expressing my view on homosexuality as a sexologist
- YouTube video answering whether it is possible to change one’s sexual orientation
- Radio show Episode 28: Gender and Trans Talk with Lee Harrington
As a certified sexologist who is also the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). I take the same position of AASECT that having a non-heterosexual sexual orientation, that being transgender and that being gender non-conforming, are not mental disorders.
I am opposed to any “reparative” or conversion therapy that seeks to “change” or “fix” a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. AASECT does not believe that non-heterosexual sexual orientation or being transgender or gender non-conforming is something that needs to be “fixed” or “changed.” And neither do I.
This form of persecution is a violation against human rights, and I want to draw attention to how this is unacceptable.
About Dr. Martha Tara Lee
Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee decided to take it upon herself to right this societal injustice in 2007. She set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality, then launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.
She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and is currently pursuing her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling. In practice for more than seven years, she is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.
Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the host of weekly radio show Eros Evolution on the OMTimes Radio Network. She has published two books: Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga.
Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.