Apr 10, 2014

GV's Love & Pride Film Festival Returns for 6th Year with Wider, Stronger Selection of Not-to-be-missed Films


“Where there is love, there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi.

In that very spirit, Golden Village celebrates life in all its beauty by bringing back the popular Love & Pride Film Festival for the sixth year running.

Profound and thought-provoking, the festival shines the light on compelling insights on the theme of universal love and sexuality. Continuing from past successes, the Love & Pride Film Festival aims to serve up a good measure of cinematic pieces for Singaporeans.

Screening details below:

Date
Screening Time
Movie Title
Rating
22nd Apr 14, Tues
(Opening Night)
8:30 pm
Blue Is The Warmest Color
R21/Homosexual Content
23rd Apr 14, Wed
7:00 pm
Nurse

24th Apr 14, Thurs
7:00 pm
Kiss Me
R21/Homosexual Content
25th Apr 14, Fri
9:30 pm
My Last Round
R21/Homosexual Theme
26th Apr 14, Sat
9:30 pm
Eyes Wide Open
R21/Homosexual Content
27th Apr 14, Sun
6:30 pm
Pit Stop
R21/Homosexual Theme
28th Apr 14, Mon
8:30 pm
Blue Is The Warmest Color
R21/Homosexual Content
29th Apr 14, Tues
7:00 pm
My Last Round
R21/Homosexual Theme
30th Apr 14, Wed
(Closing Night)
9:30 pm
Kiss Me
R21/Homosexual Content

Tickets are available for sale online and at any Golden Village box office. For all screenings other than the Opening and Closing Night, tickets are available at $12 (GV Members) or $14 (Public). For more information, please log on to: www.gv.com.sg.

Apr 5, 2014

You think, I thought, Who confirm? : Fall-In


About "You think, I thought, Who confirm" series
You Think, I Thought, Who Confirm? is a new series of forums and talks to discuss the issues that matter to gay youths today. An open, friendly environment provides participants to ask anything and everything that they have always heard a lot about, but never really knew what the answer actually was. A panel of speakers, mostly fellow youths and some professionals, will be invited to speak and share about their thoughts and experiences to dispel the misconceptions and myths that befuddles our gay youths today. Ultimately, participants will be able to leave each event confirming facts and understanding themselves better. 

Fall-In is the first forum of the series, focusing on the experiences and myths surrounding being a gay soldier in NS.

About Fall-In
Most of us would have watched ABTM or Army Daze with that sassy gay bunkmate. Yet, how is it like really to be gay in NS? Fall-In brings together a group of NSFs and NSmen to share their stories and experiences of the gay Singaporean sons. Find out what declaring 302 means to your NS life and future, if you should come out to your buddy and bunkmates and most importantly, whether being gay really matters at all when we are serving our nation. 

Fall-In features a panel of speakers from different backgrounds who will share what it is like to come out during National Service or to remain in the closet. Either way, we hope the experiences will shed some light and dispel some common myths about being gay in NS.

Details
Date: 7 June 2014
Time: 1930hrs
Venue: TBA to registered participants

Register now: http://bit.ly/1ia2amt

Mar 17, 2014

SGRainbow's Top 3 Programmes of 2013

As we look back at 2013 and review the programmes we organised for the year, we look into the feasibility of such programmes and identify what can be done better in terms of the goodies, venue, programme outline and of course, the purpose of programme itself.

With that, we have shortlisted our top 3 programmes of 2013 based on the percentage of attendees. We will also briefly review what made these programmes (or their runs) exciting.

Information about these programmes can be found here:
- About Check-In series
- About Night's OUT series

#3: Check-In 10 (Oct)

Participation rate: 66.7%
We feel that the 10th run of Check-In is not only relevant to the year's IndigNation theme, but it was relevant to the young gay and bisexual men in our community as we explore what is IN the future and what they can expect - which is also why our theme in 2014 is closely related to "time". Let's just say that people love to meddle with space and time and the programme did just that. We went to explore places such as Fridae, Pelangi Pride Centre and even the Free Community Church.

#2: Check-In 9 (July)

Participation rate: 80%
Coming up next, is actually the previous run of Check-In. We do not want to speculate but it could have been the attractive sponsors (such as BooksActually, DottingHill and The Little Badge Store, just to name a few) that gathered the participants. But hey, at least they went home with something in their hands and information in their heads right?

#1: Night's OUT 4 (Dec)

Participation rate: 83.3%
And coming in first, is our most popular programme ever. Yes, Night's OUT 4 was a blast and we had so much fun organising it. We could tell our participants enjoyed themselves too with the games, loads of food and the exchanging of presents. Participants also won prizes from our kind sponsors during the Q&A segment and best of all, everyone went home happy with goodie bags too.

So there you have it. The top 3 programmes of the year 2013. Let's get 2014 cracking! If you would like to be part of our fun team, write in to us at hr@sgrainbow.org

Note:- 
Participation rate is calculated as follows: 
(Number of participants attended / Number of possible maximum participants) x 100%

Feb 19, 2014

Check-In XI: The Past is History


The 2nd cycle of Check-In brings you through different dimensions of time. Rewards will be given to those who embark on a full journey to the past, present and future with us.

We begin by stepping into the time machine and travelling back to the past with Check-In XI.

Learn all about the GLBT history of Singapore, something that is not covered in your school textbooks. What was it like back then? Where were the clubs (or were there even any?) and places to hangout? How do people meet up when there were no mobile phones and social apps?

Join us as we Check-In back to the past. The time machine fee is free but we would like you to keep some present transport money - the one you call EZ-Link Card - intact.

Details of the programme
Date: 29 March 2014
Time: 12.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (TBC)
Venue: To be disclosed to registered participants only

Register here: http://bit.ly/1htgAUA

This programme is open to all gay and bisexual males aged 18 to 25 years old only, as of present time.

Feb 17, 2014

#sgrainbowvoices

Over the past two weeks, we have heard many discussions, arguments and accusations online and in the newspapers regarding HPB's FAQs on Sexuality. 

SGRainbow has received many messages, stories and letters for MOH and HPB from concerned youths, who are ultimately the ones that these FAQs are meant to benefit, together with our parents, to whom the FAQs are directed at. We have compiled them in this tumblr: http://sgrainbowvoices.tumblr.com and this tumblr will serve as an outlet to share our youth voices, even as the matter on the FAQs come to a rest. 

Many youths have expressed disappointment at the intense debate that had unfolded over the past weeks and frustration at the wilful ignorance of some, and the stubborn beliefs of others. This is not the first debate over homosexuality, and it will surely not be the last. We only hope that we can have our voices heard, to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions on this deeply and unnecessarily divisive issue. 

While the Minister of Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong has clarified at Parliament today, that "the FAQs on sexuality published by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) do not encourage same-sex relationships, “but rather provide advice to young persons and their parents on mental and physical health issues from a public health perspective", and the FAQs are unlikely to be taken down, we hope that this collection of stories and reflections can help you gain a better understanding of what the life of a LGBT youth in Singapore is like. Hopefully, this will help to break down the deep misconceptions and misunderstandings that some groups or individuals may have of us. 

If you would like to contribute to our compilation, just send your note to daryl@sgrainbow.org with your name (or pseudonym), gender, sexual orientation, age and a brief description of yourself. 

Here are some of the notes to look out for: 

1. Response and rebuttals to the online petition for the reviewing of HPB’s sexuality FAQ by L, a Year 2 NUS Law student

Feb 13, 2014

Asiaout Community Service Award 2014

We are pleased to announce that we are awarded the Community Service Awards 2014 for Outstanding Achievements in the Asian LGBT Community by Asiaout.

On 14 February, an appropriate date for our first birthday, Asiaout celebrates by recognising those who have made a significant and positive difference to the lives of LGBT in Asia.

The awards recognise and give thanks to those organisations that have done so much to support, encourage, and help the Asian LGBT Community through health education, and activism.

Another Singapore recipient of this award is Pink Dot SG.