IndigNation 2016


Every August, the nation’s LGBTIQ+ community comes together to hold IndigNation: Singapore’s Pride Season. This is a month-long festival of queer activism and culture that has run since 2005, bringing together a diverse range of artists, advocates and audience members.

Our theme for IndigNation’s 12th year is “Truth to Power”. We want to encourage people to seek out truth through shared knowledge and understanding—and we want to empower them to speak out for change. We began this movement early, at PinkDot 2016, with our Write to Your MP campaign, calling on LGBTIQ+ people and their allies to make our voices heard by our government, just like homophobes do.

Our festival will unfold over four weekends in August 2016:

First, we kick things off the IndigNation Queer Film Festival, held on Fri 5 and Sat 6 August at The Projector. This event gathers the community together in a spirit of celebration as we enjoy queer-themed movies from across Asia and beyond. We are especially proud to have brought in Strike a Pose, the widely acclaimed documentary about that traces the lives of openly gay backup dancers of Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. This will be held as our Gala Night on Fri 5 August, 9:30pm, followed by an After Party.

The second weekend’s focus will be Natural Education, a queer-themed conference held on Sat 13 and Sun 14 August at one of Tanjong Pagar’s most iconic gay bars, DYMK. This series of afternoon talks aims to facilitate the sharing of information and perspectives between the different sectors of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Our final two weekends focus on LGBTIQ+ culture. Sat 20 marks the return of the ever-popular RIOT! drag show, starring and hosted by Becca de Bus, while Wed 24 will see a special edition of the Story Slam dedicated to queer-related real-life stories, told by ordinary people. We also invite members of the community to attend two events organised by outside organisations: The 8th Love & Pride Film Festival, held by Golden Village from 19 to 31 August, and Apa Itu Activist, a forum organised by our allies in civil society, held from the morning to the afternoon of Sat 20.

We bring our program to a close with ContraDiction on Sat 27 August. This is our annual evening of queer Singaporean literature and music, which will feature a host of young LGBTIQ+ writers and musicians performing their own work at the Arts House Chamber. To mark our 12th anniversary, we have chosen the subtitle “Dirty Dozen” for this year’s event. Writers have been asked to perform works with the themes of “dirt” and “dirtiness”, questioning the taboos that still limit our lives.

IndigNation will feature many other events other than those already listed, including a book launch by Tania de Rozario on Fri 12 August; PENGUINS PLUS!!!: A Queer Zoology Pub Quiz on Sat 13 August; TransIt: an Evening of Trans Arts and Culture on Sun 14 August; The Giving Table: A Dinner in Support of the T Project on Mon 15 August, and a workshop with poet Cat Brogan on Fri 26 August.

A full list of events is available below. We hope to see you there!


Fri 5 August- Sat 6 August, The Projector
OPENING: Indignation Queer Film Festival
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot & Muslim Sahib Torun

Fri 7:30-8:50pm, The Projector
Papa Rainbow (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)

Fri 9:30-11pm, The Projector
Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016

Fri 11pm-3am, District 7, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #01-41, Singapore 199589
After Party: Happy Happy Disco Function

Sat 7:30-9pm, The Projector
Queer Shorts (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)

Sat 9:30pm, The Projector
Funny & Fabulous (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)


Fri 12 August, 7pm, BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street
Book Launch: Tania De Rozario’s “And the Walls Come Crumbling Down”

In 2003, a young woman leaves home without telling her family that she is not coming back. She spends the next six years moving from house to house and living hand-to- mouth; at first with her lover, and then alone.
And The Walls Come Crumbling Down parallels three events in the author’s life: the physical deterioration of the house in which she lives, the emotional disintegration of a couple once in love, and the unearthing of childhood ghosts that can’t seem to be cast off. Part memoir and part poetic rumination, it is an ode to love, loss and the people and places we call home.

Sat 13 and Sun 14 August, 1-7pm, DYMK & Out Bar

Natural Education
As LGBITQ+ people, we don’t get to learn much about our community in school. Instead, we have to head to the bars of Tanjong Pagar—and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing this weekend.
Natural Education is a queer conference that gathers a range of speakers and interest groups for dialogue, aiming to expose the community to a diverse range of perspectives and ideas. Check out the list of events below:

1-2:30pm, DYMK
Work in Progress: A 21st Century Queer Activist Panel
Featuring Leow Yangfa (Oogachaga), Jean Chong (Sayoni), Eugene Tan aka Becca D’Bus (IndigNation); moderated by Raksha Mahtani
Singapore’s supposed to be an innovative, futuristic first-world nation. But while other countries are winning same-sex marriage and adoption rights, we’re still struggling with anti-gay sex laws and censorship policies that stubbornly refuse to go away.
In this panel, representatives from Singapore’s major queer activist groups describe their work and their struggles, confronting the question: how on earth can we create positive change in a place like this?

3-4:30pm, DYMK
Everything You Wanted to Know About Trans People But Were Afraid to Ask
A talk by Christopher Khor, followed by a panel discussion featuring Joe Wong, Sherry Sherqueshaa and Sandhya Thomas
Let’s face it: most of you reading this know next to nothing about transgender people. Perhaps you’ve only heard insulting nicknames, and a few inspiring stories about lives being transformed through surgery and hormones. But what is like to live day to day as a trans person in Singapore? What issues are most important to the community? How can you tell if someone is transgender—or does that even matter? No more excuses for ignorance—our panel of trans activists is ready and equipped to teach you a lesson you won’t forget.

3-4:30pm, Out Bar
Communication and Consent in Poly/Kink Relationships
Facilitated by Natalie Tai
If you’re non-monogamous, kinky, both, or just curious about how to ramp up communication and consent in your sexual and/or romantic life, this workshop is for you. Talk to people who have the same weirdo problems, and share the failures and successes of your own journey in communicating needs and desires in ethical non-monogamy and/or kink. All inclinations welcome. Bring a pen, a notebook and a bit of courage.

5-6:30pm, DYMK
Queer Parenting Workshop
Organised by Sayoni, facilitated by Olivia Chiong
Homophobes like to say queer people are anti-family. That’s rubbish—in fact, quite a few of us have started families of our own! We invite you to a gathering of gay, lesbian and bisexual parents, who will share the challenges and delights of raising kids in Singapore.

5-6:30pm, Out Bar
From the Basics: A Safer Sex Workshop
Organised by Action For AIDS
We’re sorry to say this, but your sex education teacher probably lied to you. Abstinence until marriage is NOT always the best solution. Sex is NOT always an act between one cisgender man and one cisgender woman. Join in this inclusive and interactive workshop where we share genuine, scientific advice about how to stay healthy as a sexually active queer person. It’s time to cut through all the silly conservative myths and get back to basics.

1-2:30pm, DYMK
Same story, different spaces: WhyNot Vol 5 Dialogue Session
Organised by TrendLit (Andy Ang and Ang Jin Yong)
In collaboration with IndigNation, TrendLit is organising a dialogue session inspired by “Same story, different spaces”: the feature interview of their Chinese literary magazine. WhyNot /不为什么. This volume features interviews with different writers and artists as they share their experiences in their individual fields (short stories, movies, poetry, theatre) and how they use them to tell the same story: the ambiguous relationship between LGBTs and the country. Our editors will be talking about the inspirations and major takeaways from this interviews, and we hope to invite everyone on board this journey.

新文潮文学社将会配合每年8月进行的IndigNation 举办《不为什么》第五期的专题座谈会。这一期的专题以“异曲‘同’工”命名,希望通过采访不同“空间”(电影、小说、诗、戏剧等等)的文化人探讨国家与同志的“暧昧”关系。编辑们会分享他们对于专题的心得与想法,也邀请各位前来与我们一起共享这一场文学之旅。

3-4:30pm, DYMK
Young, Out and Proud?
Organised by the Inter-Uni LGBT Network
In the wake of the Orlando shootings and our own government’s failure to accept the UN Universal Periodic Recommendations on s377A, media censorship and other issues, “Young, Out, and Proud?” will explore questions on the future and role of LGBTQ youth activism in Singapore.
Three youth activists will be sharing their experiences, thoughts, and perspectives on LGBTQ youth activism and Singapore’s LGBTQ landscape over the next 5 to 10 years. Thereafter, participants will get the chance to air their views on these issues in facilitated small group discussions.

5-6:30pm, DYMK
Magic as Protest, Reclaiming and Resistance: An Interactive workshop on Queer Magic
Facilitated by Reilly Phanes and Zarina Muhammad
In this workshop, Reilly Phanes and Zarina Muhammad will be sharing their respective interdisciplinary research and practice on the realms of the magical and mystical. They will look at the setting up of magic as a point of cultural dispute which has served to construct, circulate and perpetuate certain tiresome tropes and representations of the ‘primitive’, the ‘indigenous’, of what is perceived as backwardness, degenerate, dubious, disordered and failing to occupy positions of legitimacy. They will also address the counterpoints to these ideas and reposition magic as a tool of queer resistance and as a way of reclaiming what has been vilified and maligned.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience the fundamental techniques of magic – “the science and art of changing consciousness in conformity with the will”. Basic principles of spell-making will be shared and each person will go home with their own DIY spell bottle. There will be plenty of time for group discussion and exploration.
We ask for participants to contribute $5 for materials and to bring along a small glass jar.
(If you don’t have one lying around, you can get one from Daiso for $2)

Sat 13 August, 8pm, The Hangar, 25 Arab Street

PENGUINS PLUS!!!: A Queer Zoology Pub Quiz
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot
So you already know about gay penguins from that dangerous children’s book. But what do you know about gay killer whales? Or the flirting habits of lesbian parrots? Have you ever wondered what bisexual koalas do when they really like each other? Find out at PENGUINS PLUS: the first ever pub quiz about queer animal sex! In conjunction Biodiversity Connections, we bring you a night of fabulous prizes and mind-blowing facts to throw at the next person who tells you that being gay isn’t ‘natural’.

Sun 14 August, 7pm, Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
TRANSIT: an Evening of Trans Arts
Organised by Ng Yi-Sheng and Atiq Lukman

There are plenty of lesbian, gay and bisexual artists in Singapore—but where are the T’s in the LGBT? The answer is: right here! Come for an evening of collaboratively created writing and music on all topics by a new generation of trans artists. Featured artists include Marla Bendini and Christopher Khor.


Mon 15 August, 7pm, Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
The Giving Table: A Dinner in Support of the T Project
Prepared with love by Rose

You may have seen 78 year old Rose in Pink Dot’s video, Our Heroes, sharing her life story as she cooked a meal in the shelter set up by June Chua, co-founder of the T Project. The shelter for homeless transgender individuals has been a crucial sanctuary to Rose and several others since 2014, until recently.
The T Project aims to sustainably run a shelter to support transgender persons who face basic survival challenges when ostracized by their families and society. What we enjoy and take for granted everyday – sharing a meal with loved ones and sleeping soundly in our own beds each night – is not a reality for many of Singapore’s transgender persons.
The Giving Table invites you to come and share a delicious buffet dinner lovingly prepared by Rose and hosted by members of the T Project. 100% of the proceeds from the dinner will go towards helping T Project continue providing care, a temporary shelter and lasting empowerment to transgender individuals. And you’ll get to meet some of these inspiring people at dinner!
The Giving Table is a community initiative dedicated to supporting needful causes through the simple act of sharing good food from the heart.

Book your dinner tickets now:
5-course Dinner Buffet – S$80 per person
Each dish is connected to a fond memory that Rose has of her family, especially her adopted daughters and late husband.

Fri 19 to Wed 31 August, various timings, GV Suntec City and GV Grand
The 8th Love & Pride Film Festival
Organised by Golden Village, curated by Singapore Film Society
Golden Village unveils the 8th Love & Pride Film Festival, opening with a screening of the documentary Oriented (UK/Israel) and a meet-and-greet session via Skype with its director, Jake Witzenfeld. The rest of the line-up includes international award winning titles : Closet Monster (Canada), From Afar (Venezuela), The Summer of Sangaile (Lithuania), Thanatos, Drunk (Taiwan), and First Girl I Loved (United States).

Sat 20 August, 9am-6pm, SMU Administration Building

Apa Itu Activist: A Forum on Civil Society Action and Advocacy
Apa Itu Activist? A Forum on Civil Society Action and Advocacy is back this August! If you’re looking to create social change in Singapore, this is your chance to equip yourself with ideas, partners and tools! Hear from exciting speakers like Arts NMP Kok Heng Leun, journalist Kirsten Han, historian Pingtjin Thum, writer and LBT rights activist Raksha Mahtani and community organiser Zubee Ali. Spend the day with your peers in civil society, exchanging ideas, pooling resources and picking up skills!

Sat 20 August, 8pm (7pm doors, dinner, happy hour), Hive by Wala Wala

There comes a time when you feel this ball of emotions deep within your gut. It grows, it expands, it threatens to multiply into a thousand little spider eggs, but somehow you hold it together just long enough to hack it up, like a hair ball, except you are not a cat, and these are feelings, not hair.
We’ve been experiencing similar sensations, except instead of emotions or hair, it has been the burning desire of our loins to tuck our wieners so tight little children could jump on our crotches and be catapulted to the heavens!
Featuring Becca D’Bus, Mona Kee Kee, Taylor Jin, DeEnormous and Ashley Fifty.


Wed 24 August, Artistry, 8pm
SINGAPORE STORY SLAM: Speaking Truth to Power
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot and Tan Chee Seng
Come join us at Singapore’s first and longest running true-life storytelling event. For one intimate night, LGBTQ storytellers will share their experiences of speaking truth to power. Stories about what it means to stand up for yourself, your beliefs, your principles, and for others. In turns hilarious and heart wrenching, be prepared for a night you won’t forget for a long time. If you would like to tell a story (maximum 10 minutes), send a pitch to

Fri 26 August, 8-10pm, 33 Kerbau Road (K1 Studio), Fee: By donation
Write Queer Write Now: Poetry Workshop w/ Cat Brogan
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot
Cat Brogan (Northern Ireland) is a winner of the BBC Edinburgh fringe Poetry Slam whose poetry has featured on Radio 4, at Latitude Festival and Cheltenham Literary Festival. For the short span of time she’s in Singapore, she’s happy to share her craft with aspiring writers from all backgrounds. Maximum capacity: 20 participants. Please register in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome.
Sat 27 August, 7:30pm, Arts House Chamber
ContraDiction XII: Dirty Dozen
Organised by Ng Yi-Sheng, Stephanie Dogfoot and Zarina Muhammad
Rated R18 (Homosexual Content)
IndigNation’s annual evening of queer literature and music rises from the depths—and it’s filthier than usual! This year, artists are challenging taboos by performing works inspired by the concepts of “dirt” and “dirtiness”. Featured writers include Jerrold Yam, Stephanie Dogfoot, Tania De Rozario and Marylyn Tan, along with special overseas guests Slac Cayamanda (Philippines) and Cat Brogan (Northern Ireland).




Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016


Media Rating: M18 (Mature 18) – Homosexual Themed

Come and celebrate the opening of INDIGNATION 2016 with Singapore premiere of the acclaimed documentary STRIKE A POSE, presented by Indignation Queer Film Festival! Money raised from ticket sales will go towards supporting IndigNation events this year and in future years.

Date: 5 AUGUST 2016
Time: 9.30pm to 11pm
Venue: The Projector


In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on the Blonde Ambition tour, her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
Belgium, Netherlands, 2016

Official Selection for BERLINALE 2016, TRIBECA 2016 and HOTDOCS 2016.

Find out more at:

Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016

The IndigNation Queer Film Festival, 5-6 Aug @The Projector!

Come and celebrate the opening of INDIGNATION 2016 with four screenings of acclaimed queer films, including the Singapore premiere of the acclaimed documentary STRIKE A POSE! Money raised from ticket sales will go towards supporting IndigNation events this year and in future years.


Directed by Popo Fan
Produced by Queer Comrades, PFLAG China
China, 2016
*Media Rating: M18 (Mature 18) – Homosexual Themed.

Date: 5 AUGUST 2016
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue: The Projector


In China, most families have difficulties facing their lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) children. They have to contend with common social beliefs that homosexuality is shameful, abnormal, a perverted condition caused by deviant family relationships. Many parents see their kids as their property, and fathers often assert their authority to ensure that no harm comes to the family reputation.

The documentary “Papa Rainbow” features six Chinese fathers who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their LGBT children. Speaking out against discrimination and stigma, they redefine what it means to protect a household. They fully embrace their kids for who they are, and become pioneer activists fighting for an equal and diverse society.


Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016
Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
Belgium, Netherlands, 2016
Media Rating: M18 (Mature 18) – Homosexual Themed

Come and celebrate the opening of INDIGNATION 2016 with Singapore premiere of the acclaimed documentary STRIKE A POSE, presented by Indignation Queer Film Festival! Money raised from ticket sales will go towards supporting IndigNation events this year and in future years.

Date: 5 AUGUST 2016
Time: 9.30pm to 11pm
Venue: The Projector


In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – joined Madonna on the Blonde Ambition tour, her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

Official Selection for BERLINALE 2016, TRIBECA 2016 and HOTDOCS 2016.

Find out more at:

Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016


*Media Rating: M18 (Mature 18) – Homosexual Themed, Sex and Nudity.

IndigNation Queer Film Festival brings you Queer Shorts 2016 with 4 short films, in one screening, that have been prominent in the LGBTQ community within the last few years; That’s My Boy, When Mom Visits, 犧牲之旅 (Life of Silence) and Soul Mates.

Date: 6 AUGUST 2016
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue: The Projector

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That’s My Boy
Akhil Sathyan
India, 2016

Won Jury’s Best Documentary Award at Bioscope Global Film Festival 2015.
Won Best Documentary at Sanford International Film Festival 2016.

Thats my boy, a documentary portrays the life of Sonu, who strongly disagrees to believe that his gender is the biological one. Sonu was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other. Amidst all adverse circumstances and a very poor social background Sonia flew towards her goal of defining a synergetic relationship between her body and mind, which finally made her a ‘him’,Sonu.

When Mom Visits
Chang Chiung-wen
Taiwan/USA, 2015


Vic’s perfect life in America ends as her mother Lynn pays an abrupt visit from Taiwan. Her girlfriend Janet realizes that Vic has never come out as she promised. Devastated, Janet leaves their apartment with a suitcase. The next day, Lynn takes Vic to have lunch with her friends. Vic assumes that Lynn has set her up with a male suitor but little, does she know that her mother has a secret of her own

Life of Silence
Ying Cheng-Ru
Taiwan, 2014

Screened at Taiwan Golden Harvest Awards & Short Film Festival 2015, Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2015 and Frederick Film Festival LGBTQ Night 2015, among others.

A fiction woven in the reality, three gay men tangled in two weddings. When there is contradiction between erotic life and parental expectation, one would have to make a difficult choice. In order to rethink marriage, Life of Silence, a sequel to Body at Large, looks at the oppressed sexual minorities. What is a Happy Family? Is there only a single way to make it? Or one should be able to embrace one’s sexuality freely?

Lei Lei Aye
Myanmar, 2015

Opened for &PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival & Cabaret 2016

Two Myanmar ladies living a normal life in central Myanmar… even though for many people in their country their life as a couple is not so normal. A short documentary film by the Rainbow Reels workshop to open the &PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival & Cabaret 2016


*Media Rating: M18 (Mature 18) – Homosexual Themed, Sex and Nudity.

IndigNation Queer Film Festival brings you Funny & Fabulous with 2 short films, in one screening, that takes a unique spin to life events; 大龍鳳 (The Dragon and Phoenix Show) and Angmo & Amoi (A Film about Difference).

Date: 6 AUGUST 2016
Time: 9.30pm to 11pm
Venue: The Projector

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The Dragon and Phoenix Show
Mok Yuk Kuen
Hong Kong, 2012

Mother discovers son’s gay identity after his suicide. She decides to come out of the closet on his behalf and arrange the first ever gay ghost marriage. Little does she know she is getting herself into one conniving scheme after another and insufferable family drama.

Angmo & Amoi
A Film about Difference
Elaine Foster and Seok Wun Au Yong
Malaysia, 2014

Angmo and Amoi is a mockumentary which follows the life of two queer women in Malaysia – Elaine, a not very politically correct, loud mouthed, white British girl, who works for a local women’s NGO and her new roommate Ying, a regular but not so regular newly out Chinese Malaysian lawyer who wants a bit of fun. Their cultural differences are immediately apparent but a close bond between the girls is quickly forged against all the odds as the two discover they are not so different after all.

Today is Pink Dot 2016! Drop by our booth @ the Community Tent!


For Pink Dot 2016, let’s kick things off with a Write to Your MP campaign. Homophobic and transphobic conservatives regularly write to politicians to deny LGBTs equal rights. We have to show them that we have a voice too! Click here to find out your MP’s contact details, and send them a letter:

Visit us at the Community Tent!


IndigNation is 11 years old and we’re celebrating with a whole month of activity for you to get involved with!


Happy and Free and Party
Sep 5, 5 pm till late
Red Baron, 45 Malan Rd, Gillman Barracks

Sundown and outdoors, IndigNation marks Singapore’s 50th year since independence and opens an 11th year of resistance with what started it all in the first place — an outdoor party. Except this one is for the whole community! A sundown cook-out, space for children to play, music from the best among us and a dance party till late with the DJs who’ve always made us dance at our favourite clubs.

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Inter-Uni Social
Sep 5, 6-10 pm
Venue will be released upon registration

Register for the InterUni Mixer 2015 hosted by various groups from the Inter-University LGBT Network, Singapore now! Connect and network with new friends from the various universities. Sign up at

Venue will be released to registered participants and there is a $8 participation fee to defray the costs of catering dinner. This event is open to all from the NUS, Yale-NUS, NTU and SMU community, including current students, staff and alumni.

There are limited spaces so please register early. Participation will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to diversity considerations to ensure fair representation of the various institutions.

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Akka 3 by Avant Theatre
Sep 11 & 12, 8 pm
Goodman Arts Centre Black Box

“The beauty of life, lies in the imperfections within…”

Following the critical success of Akka in 1991 and Akka – The End in 2014, Avant Theatre presents the next exciting installment, Akka 3!

The AKKA series focuses on the exploring the plight of Indian transgender women in Singapore and the trials and tribulations they undergo to uphold their identity against social prejudice.

Presented in Tamil with English surtitles. For ticketing enquiries, please call 9899 3002.

Rating: R18 (Transgender Theme)

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RIOT! Hosted by Becca D’Bus
Sep 12, 7 pm
TAB, 442 Orchard Road

When drag queens get to create exactly the show they’ve always wanted, what you get are very low aspirations and even lower morals. There is glitter in the gutter but this RIOT! is not in the streets, so you can get very drunk. RIOT! is Singapore’s only regular drag revue and especially for IndigNation, RIOT! will entertain, and maybe announce the birth of a new beginning.

Tickets to RIOT! are available at

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One of Us
Sep 13, 4 pm
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang

One of Us

Affirming our common humanity,

one story at a time

Told from the perspective of non-LGBT persons, these stories send a message that the LGBT individual is not apart, and though different in some aspects from a straight person, this person is “One of Us”. We hope these moving portraits will serve to make it easier for LGBT people as well as their family, friends and colleagues to find resolution and affirmation in their lives.

We like to invite you to hear these extraordinary stories. Special guest speaker : Dr. Khoo Hoon Eng

Bring your family or a straight friend along. Limited seats available. Kindly register your interest early via email to with your name and number of people attending.

Organised by MOVE Community

In Partnership with SAFE Singapore

Proudly Supported by Project 50/100 Venue

Sponsor: Artistry

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Kink Dot: An Evening of Alternative Queer Erotica
Sep 16, 7:30 pm
BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Road

Be warned: this is not a family-friendly event – unless your family is really cool, in which case, congratulations!

Our evening of queer kink literature will feature readings by poet Marylyn Tan and short story writers O Thiam Chin and Delilah Night, with additional texts from Singaporean-Canadian novelist Lydia Kwa. A discussion on BDSM issues will follow.

R(18) (projected)

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Speakeasy #22 feat. Stephanie Dogfoot and Deonn Yang
Sep 16, 8 pm 
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
Spoken word showcase Speakeasy focuses on two queer Singaporean poets: Stephanie Dogfoot and Deonn Yang.
Stephanie Dogfoot is an award-winning performance poet and host of various spoken word nights around Singapore. She has represented Singapore at the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam in Reunion Island and the UK in the European Slam Championships and the Poetry Slam World Cup in Paris. She is currently a member of the four-woman spoken word troupe Sekaliwags, helps to run the poetry night SPEAK and Story Slam Singapore, and is trying to invade the stand up comedy scene.
Deonn Yang is currently in her third and final year as an Acting student at LASALLE College of the Arts. The theatre has always been a big part of Deonn’s life and she actively tries not to imagine what her life would be without it. On days that she is not sprawled on the floor after a good rehearsal, she enjoys making people laugh and telling a good story. Deonn also enjoys wearing button-downs.

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8 Women
Opening: Sep 17, 6 pm. Exhibition from Sep 17 till Oct 17
Grey Projects, 6B Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169246

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To coincide with the annual Indignation Festival this September, Grey Projects presents ‘8 Women’, portraits of transwomen who live and work in the Farrer Park, Little India neighbourhoods. Over several evenings, social researcher and photographer Grace Baey invited these women to present and pose themselves in a collaborative photo series, which we are proud to support.

The photographer and some of the women will be present at the opening.

About the Artist: Grace Baey (b. 1985) is a Singapore-based photographer with an interest in social issues. A human geographer by training, she turned to photography as a way of engaging with these issues through a more intimate lens. Of interest to her are questions of place, identity, and belonging. Her work deals with issues of social marginalization, with particular focus on low-waged migrant workers and the transgender community in Singapore. Earlier in 2015, she participated in Objectifs’ annual Shooting Home mentorship programme, as well as the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali.

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IndigNation Queer Shorts
Sep 18, 8 pm 
Reading Room Singapore, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #04-01/02, Singapore 088444

Ticketing info:

Tickets can be bought here:

IndigNation Queer Shorts brings you 4 short films, in one screening, that have been prominent in the LGBTQ community within the last year; 从黑夜到白天 (A Straight Journey), 렛미인 (Let Me In), To Mum (Love, Me) and 青親 (The Younger).

A Straight Journey: Days and Nights in their Kingdom
China, 2015
The winner of ShanghaiPride Film Festival 2015 Short Film

Synopsis: Two Chinese photographers, Masa and Mojo decide to end this decades-long silence of homosexuals in China and reveal the everyday lives of 48 gays, lesbians and their families through their lens. They spent six months and visited 11 Chinese cities to complete their documentary. This is the first cinematic work of any kind that focuses on the lives of Chinese homosexuals.

Trailer Link:

Let Me In
Korea, 2014
2015 Korea Queer Film Festival’s “KQFF Choice”

A film with explosive energy, despite its limited space in scenes. The two characters lead the story throughout the film with so much energy from within. Would we ever be able to come across the girl again? – KQFF​

Synopsis: A girl spends most of her time alone at the lobby of an apartment. One day, she spots a couple of cops visiting a suspicious woman’s house. The girl falls into the woman who treats her nicely.

To Mum (Love, Me)
Singapore, 2015

Synopsis: A hard-hitting depiction of the struggles of being young lesbian in cosmopolitan yet traditional Singapore, where being different can have grave consequences. When a long closeted daughter comes out into the open, both mother and daughter is left feeling isolated in a clash between modern and traditional. However, living in the same house forces them to either work towards acceptance or continue being strangers.


The Younger
Taiwan, 2014
Nominated Short for 2014 Taiwan Queer Award and featured in Korea Queer Film Festival 2015

Synopsis: Hao became a male masseur to make ends meet and pay for his grandmother’s costly medication caused by her recent stroke and her Alzheimer’s. The job forced him to deal with his previously suppressed sexual urges for men. Hao begins to lose the balance he once had with family, work, and himself.


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Youth Forum
Details to come, please check in later for further updates.

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LGBTQ and Intersectionality (By invitation only)
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Allies Night
Sep 24, 6 pm
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LGBTQ @ SUTD: You are not alone: scissoring stereotypes. (Queer storytelling night)
Sep 25

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Sex Ed Workshops
Sep 26, 2 – 5 pm
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

Still recovering from your school’s (or family’s) poor excuse for “sex ed”? In this peer-led, discussion-based workshop, we take a queer and trans focus to issues of sex and sexuality, giving space for everyone to ask questions, share experiences, and learn from each other. Topics include safer sex, consent, and communication.

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Contradiction XI: Sexual History
Sep 26, 7:30 pm
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

Join us for the finale of the IndigNation: an evening of Singaporean LGBT writing, with a historical twist.

Young writers and actors will perform extracts of texts by and about queer Singaporeans, ranging from police reports from the 1850s and agony aunt columns from the 1970s to experimental novels from the 1990s and slam poems from the 2010s.

This is an alternative canon of Singapore literature, celebrating our full ethnic and sexual diversity.

Featuring works by Arthur Yap, Lydia Kwa, Sabariah, Haresh Sharma, Leona Lo, and many, many more.

R(18) (projected)

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IndigNation is coming in September. Stay Updated!


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Sunday, 24 AUG 
3 and 8pm