MOE denies stopping transgender student from getting hormone therapy, says it is ‘in no position’ to interfere with medical treatments

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Education (MOE) has come out to deny interfering with a transgender student’s decision to go on hormone replacement therapy, after allegations made by the student went viral on social media earlier this week.

In a post on Reddit on Thursday (Jan 14), the 18-year-old junior college student alleged that the ministry had prevented the student from obtaining a doctor’s referral letter to begin hormone replacement therapy.

The treatment is recommended for individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

The doctor the student consults is a psychiatrist from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), which is overseen by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

In a Facebook post on Saturday, MOE said it is aware of the Reddit post and stated that the account is not true.