Aug 1, 2014

Check-OUT: The Race 2 // An Event of IndigNation 2014


SGRainbow and Young OUT Here, will be organizing an amazing race, Check-OUT: The Race 2, as part of IndigNation 2014.
The objectives of the race are as follows:
  1. Develop and bolster participants’ individual identity and self esteem as LGBTQ youths.
  2. Strengthen friendships within participants and provide platform for participants to forge new ones.
  3. Increase participants’ understanding of the various LGBTQ organisations and their roles in the community
The race will see groups of participants going around Singapore to various LGBTQ places completing missions.
This race is open to ALL and participants will have to form groups of 3 to 4 members.
On top of all the fun, participants will each get a goodie bag worth $100! Winners of this race will also stand a chance to win cash and prizes worth up to $1,000.
Details of the race
Date: 30 August 2014
Time: 0930hrs to 1800hrs (Flag off at 1000hrs)
Registration fee: $10 per person
For enquiries about this race, please contact the organisers at contact@checkoutrace.tk
Places are limited, so hurry!

Jul 3, 2014

22nd Israel Film Festival 2014


The Israel Film Festival (IFF) is a premier film festival that remains true to its commitment to launch, nurture and promote Israeli cinema while providing a high-profile platform that recognises the technical and creative excellence emerging from the land of milk and honey. This is the 22nd year that the IFF is running.

One of the 6 films in this festival is "Out in the Dark".

Directed by: Michael Mayer
Rating: R21 for Homosexual Theme
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Synopsis
Nimer, an ambitious Palestinian student in the West Bank, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night in Tel Aviv, he meets Roy and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, they are both confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept Nimer for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his nationality. When Nimerʼs friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank and brutally murdered, Nimer is forced to choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy.

To see other films and to book your tickets in advance, visit the Cathay website here.

Jun 10, 2014

THE LARAMIE PROJECT PRESENTED BY SRT’S THE YOUNG CO.



A play that confronts the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

In October 1998 Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America today and was made into a movie starring Peter Fonda and Laura Linney by HBO in 2002.

For the young students of The Young Co. the play challenges them on so many levels; the use of multiple roles, clear storytelling, naturalistic dialogue and character representation, the responsibility of portraying real people, as well as working on an extremely emotive subject matter with sensitivity and care. Although originally written in 1998, sixteen years later, Matthew Shepard’s story still reverberates, urging us on to confront the destructive power of bullying and hate, in all forms.

“Theatre should matter, and The Laramie Project reminds us, exhilaratingly and compellingly, why it's so necessary for us to come together, as an audience to share stories that help us understand who we are and
demonstrate the power of the human spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence,” Daniel Jenkins, Director and Associate Director of SRT on why he chose this play as The Young Co.’s graduation show.

Ticketing Information 
DATES: 25th and 26th July 2014 – both days 8pm

PRICES: $25 (excludes SISTIC fee)
VENUE: DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT
TICKETING: SISTIC at 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg 
WEBSITE: www.srt.com.sg 

Recommended for 16 year-olds and above

Specially for Night's OUT 7 participants, you will be given a chance to win tickets to watch this amazing production. Do sign up for the programme at our "Initiatives > What's HOT" page.


May 22, 2014

Night's OUT 7: A midsummer nightmare


The summer solstice is here, the day the sun lingers for the longest time in the year. According to ancient mythology, it is also the this day with the shortest night that zombies become most active as they try to make the most of the little time they have.

After the sun sets, nobody knows what will happen next. Could this be the night of your life or could it be the last night of your life? Who is friend and who is foe? Trust no one but yourself.

Join us at Night's OUT 7 for an epic night of mystery, fun, food and friends. Mark the following details in your calendar and live to tell the tale!

Date: 21 June 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Will be disclosed to registered participants
Note: For 18 to 25 years old gay and bisexual men only

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1m7Kjlb

May 3, 2014

Top 5 Community Events

There are so many mobile apps to accessorise your smartphones with but nothing beats going out and meeting people in real life. And I do mean it when I say to meet them one-on-one and chat about anything and everything under the sun. I have seen some confessions online about other gay youths asking about how to make friends beyond the mobile apps, which sometimes can seem a little too daunting or raunchy. 

As such, I decided to write down a short review of the top 5 social events you can attend as a young gay man looking to expand your social network, and if you are lucky, meet someone special. I have personally attended all these events and some others organised by other community groups but thought that these 5 were the ones that I enjoyed the most. 

#5 - Pink Dot 
Well, who doesn't know Pink Dot? Besides celebrating the freedom to love, you will also be free to show off your awesome pink attire and enjoy a picnic together with more than 20 000 other people who support and affirm who you are. Trust me, sharing food with other unknown strangers is fun and more often than not, you won't remain strangers for long. This is a must-go with your friends and who knows, you might even meet someone special there too. 

On the flip side however, it is most of the time hot and you will be literally melting under the sun, so get your umbrellas and fans ready. Also, it's becoming really crowded as more people have come forward (it's a good thing but we just need a bigger venue!) to show their support for the freedom to love. 

[Pink Dot is happening on 28th June 2014 this year at Hong Lim Park. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/pinkdotsg

#4 - Werq It! by The Purple Alliance
This is by far the simplest event that I have been to. You simply go and just mingle with others around you while having dinner in a cosy restaurant. No fuss, and everyone seems to be friendly. You should however, try to be mindful of your table manners, since it's your first time meeting new friends! 

As TPA is open to everyone, you get to make not only friends with gay people but also lesbians and sometimes straight people participate too! So if you're up for making friends in general, this event is really a wonderful chance to. 

[Find out more about Werq It! here: http://thepurplealliance.com/events/werq-it

#3 - Check-In by SGRainbow
I was quite interested to join after hearing from a friend about this and I wasn't sure if I would like the walking bit but nonetheless, I tried...  and it was fun! Somehow, while you are walking with people and getting to know them more, you don't feel that tired because maybe you just don't think much about it. It was interesting to find out about other community groups and what they do, while making new friends at the same time! 

However, you have to be interested to find out more about the community to join this event or you might be bored by the programme. So if you are pretty new to the gay community and want to know more about what's out there for us, this event is a must-go! 

[Find out more about Check-In here: http://sgrainbow.blogspot.sg/p/check-in.html]

#2 - Meet Market by Oogachaga
I love discussions and after participating in this event, my new friends gave me some insight into some of the commonly discussed topics about the gay community and I do recommend those of you who like to voice your thoughts and opinions to join this event.

And of course, new friends of a wide age range will be added to your contact list.

[Find out more about Meet Market here: http://www.oogachaga.com/meetmarket

#1 - Night's OUT by SGRainbow
Apparently, I was told that this is their "most popular" event and after attending, I can understand why. Who won't want free food, freebies, and loads of fun while at the same time make new friends?

I had the opportunity to participate in one of their Christmas Night's OUT and seriously, it was awesome! The facilitators running the programme were friendly and approachable, and there was so much going on that we didn't want to leave the venue (until they had to chase us out as they had to clean up). Every single one of you should try this event out! 

I think most importantly, this event was best for me personally because it catered to youths. We all could relate to each other quite well and it's not that I want to be ageist but sometimes, we just want to find a close group of friends who can understand best and usually those who can understand what we are going through or feeling best are those around our own age. 

[Find out more about Night's OUT here: http://sgrainbow.blogspot.sg/p/nights-out.html] 

This was written by an ex-participant of our events and he kindly offered to pen down his experiences and thoughts on the various community events he has attended. Tell us what you think about this list and share your experiences with us! 

Apr 22, 2014

Death and Dancing


Play synopsis:
Death and Dancing follows the lives and loves of Max and Max - a gay man and a lesbian woman, trying to break free of the shackles society, and their peers, have put on them. Love, sexuality and the choices that we make in our lives are examined in this piece, which in essence is a tale of freeing your mind so you can follow your heart.

Directed by: Claire Devine
Starring: Rebecca Lee & Zuhairi Idris

Details
When: 29 May to 1 June 2014

Showtimes: 
> 8pm on 29 May to 1 June 2014
> 10.30pm on 31 May 2014

Where: The Playtent Studio One, 180 Joo Chiat Road, #02-01 S(427451)

Cost: $20 and $15 concessionary prices

For more information, visit www.budstheatre.com