Oct 14, 2014

Panelists for Hands Up!

We are excited to announce the panelists for Hands UP! Read more about them below.

Otto Fong

Otto Fong stayed closeted as a teacher for 7 years before he finally came out publicly on a blog in 2007. Though he was allowed to continue teaching, he decided to leave subsequently to pursue a career in self-publishing.  Otto has since given many interviews as a gay person, including the New Paper, Straits Times and Zao Bao and was the keynote speaker in the 2011 Pink Dot. He has also spoken at Google and the Interbank LGBT group, and was also featured in Fridae’s Safer Sex video campaign this year.

Otto will share about his experience both as a closeted and out gay teacher and his perspectives as a teacher on the experiences of LGBTQ students while he was a teacher. Read his coming out blog post here: http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2007/09/toc-exclusive-otto-fongs-open-letter/

Sing Rue

Sing Rue is a 20 year old queer woman who published an open letter earlier this year on her experiences at Dunman High Secondary in response to the HPB FAQ controversy. She was forced out of the closet in school when the school administration found out about her first relationship when she was 14 and intervened in a very public manner. She spent the next four years trying to go back into the closet. 

Apart from her experiences as a queer student, Sing Rue will share about other forms of homophobic discrimination she experienced and how they affected her, as well as the response from friends, teachers and students to her open letter. You can read her open letter here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/10152301539864026/

A/P Khoo Hoon Eng

A/P Khoo is a faculty member at a local university and is also a proud mother of two gay sons. She co-founded SAFE Singapore, a support group for family and friends of LGBTQ indvidiuals. She was previously a board member of AWARE and volunteered at Action for AIDS.

A/P Khoo published a letter co-signed by 86 faculty members and students of NUS and Yale-NUS to the Straits Times on the disparaging comments of an NUS Malay Studies Professor towards LGBTQ people and drafted a letter of concern to the NUS Provost and the Straits Times. You can read the forum letter here: http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/sending-wrong-signal-tolerance-20140306

Jack Ho

Jack is currently a volunteer with the National LGBT Census and has volunteered with Pink Dot from 2009 to 2013. He has also been in the higher education sector for 5 years, and is presently working in a local university. He is also involved with the newly established office for diversity and inclusion in the school. 

Both Jack and A/P Khoo will be speaking in their personal capacities. 

Registration is still open with limited spaces. Join us at Hands UP! on 25th October at 7.30pm as we talk about the issue of queer discrimination in schools. Visit http://tinyurl.com/l7jsog7 to register now.

Oct 11, 2014

2015 SGRainbow survey

Click here to access the survey. It will not take more than 10 minutes of your time. Thank you!

Oct 10, 2014

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical Singapore | 16 to 26 October 2014 at RWS

Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert the Musical has a message that is beautiful and inspirational. It is a message of unconditional love with no borders and prejudices. That life is to be lived to the fullest regardless of race, color, religion or orientation.

Its story is a bold statement that you can be whom you are, love whom you want, be loved in return and you should and can choose to live your life however way you want with whomever you want to. Amidst all the hate, biasness, resentment and negativity, individuals can still shine from within to with out. Celebrate life and love the way you want to live and love. It’s truly a Musical that celebrates ones true colors.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful, fun, touching , vibrant, inspirational and exciting show. It is an expression of one’s true self.
It’s time to show your true colors and be proud of who you are!!!! Now!!!!

It’s indeed a platform from which to celebrate together , life the way it should be… a night of timeless classic songs from the 80s that will keep your feet and heart dancing throughout.

Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert the Musical is all that and more!!!

See you there at the musical and join in celebrating your true colors with us!!!

Visit http://goo.gl/R2s3At to purchase the tickets now!

Sep 23, 2014

Hands UP! - let's talk about queer discrimination

Can a gay person be a teacher and out? What can a student do if they face bullying from their peers or teachers as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity? Most importantly, what can we do as a community to support and minimise such instances of bullying and discrimination?

SGRainbow presents Hands UP!, the second forum in the You Think I Thought Who Confirm? series, as we invite teachers and students to share about their experiences being LGBTQ in school.

To protect the safety of participants and panellists, the venue will be announced two days prior to the event to registered participants only. This event also adheres to a strict no-photography and no-videography rule.

Event details
Date: 25 October 2014, Saturday
Time: 7:30pm to 9pm
Venue: TBA to registered participants only

This event is FREE and is open to ALL. Register now here.

Sep 8, 2014

Relationship series #2

We often see many couples who are happy with their relationships and lasting for a very long time. How do they maintain this type of relationship especially when most of the guys you know can’t even hold down a relationship? What is the secret if there is any for us to learn and explore. Relationship is one of the hardest things in life because you are sharing your life with by compromising your freedom to be with that person. How communication plays out between the two people to navigate around HIV/STIs is also a very important matter.

This workshop is for people who are interested in discussing and exploring what a healthy relationship looks like through different exercises by practicing communication skills whether it is a monogamous or polygamous relationship.

When: Saturday, 20 Sept 2014
Where: AFA office, 9 Kelantan Lane #05-01 S208628
Time: 6pm - 9pm 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register as soon as you can due to limited space. Click here to register!

This workshop is brought to you by gayhealth.sg and supported by SGRainbow.

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!