IndigNation 2017: Unafraid to Assemble

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14.— (1) (a) every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression;

(b) all citizens of Singapore have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms; and

(c) all citizens of Singapore have the right to form associations.

— Constitution of the Republic of Singapore

The rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Singapore have been under attack for decades. We’ve had to struggle against laws like Section 377A, which criminalises sex between men; homophobic and transphobic policies in media censorship and sex education; as well as unapologetic discrimination from society.

In 2017, one of the biggest issues of the day was our right to public assembly. For the first time, Pink Dot was forced by the police to operate behind a security barrier, excluding all foreigners. The definition of a “local sponsor” was altered, making it impossible for Singaporean branches of global corporations to support the cause.

IndigNation: Singapore’s Pride Season only became possible in 2005 because the law was changed, allowing indoor political talks by Singaporeans and PRs. This year, we are more aware than ever that we cannot take this liberty for granted.

Therefore, for our 13th year, we have chosen “Unafraid to Assemble” as our theme. We will begin things on our first weekend, with an Opening Party, followed by an in-depth discussion of issues of law, pleasure and resistance in Natural Education 2: A Queer Conference.

During our second weekend, we will celebrate the diversity of our queer voices through the literary reading, Sayang/Chellame: A Multilingual Queer Love Poetry Event. This gathering will seek to dispel the myth that LGBTIQ love and rights are only matters that concern our English-speaking population.

The centrepiece of our third weekend is The IndigNation Film Festival, which returns for the third time with offerings from the USA, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as an evening of queer Singaporean shorts, Short Circuit 6.

Our partners will also be holding parallel events: The Bear Project and the Queer Book Club will hold a discussion of the book Faeries, Bears, & Leathermen, while The Inter-University LGBT Network will provide incoming queer university students with an orientation in Qrientation. We finish with an evening dedicated to the transgender community: TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture.

Our fourth and final weekend combines both activism and pleasure. The newly formed Inter Alia Legal Diversity Forum will hold Conversations on Activism, a sharing session by key Singaporean pro-LGBT activists. The Glory Hoes will screen Pride, a film marking the alliance between British queer activists and miners in the 1980s.

Finally, we’ll conclude with ContraDiction XIII: HOMO BOMOH, a night of queer horror writing, as well as our fundraiser, The Giving Table: Dinner Cooked by Drag Queens.

We hope you’ll join us on our month-long exploration of queerness. Come with us as we share and develop ideas, affirming the spirit of community and diversity, all within a queer Singaporean context.

Stand with us, fearlessly. Remain unafraid to assemble.

Fri 4 Aug
Opening Party: First Friday for the 13th!
DYMK, 41 Neil Road
7pm

Celebrate the start of IndigNation 2017 with us, as Singapore’s annual Pride Season returns for its 13th year! We kick off, as so many gay things do, with drinks and nibbles. Meet old friends, make new friends,chat up organizers and participants of what will be a month chock full of activity by us, for us, about us. Assemble! Assemble!

Sat 5 Aug and Sun 6 Aug
Natural Education 2: A Queer Conference
DYMK, 41 Neil Road
Out Bar, 43 Neil Rd
Epiphyte, 47 Neil Rd
1-6:30pm both days
https://indignationsg.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/natural-education-2-a-queer-conference/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1433513486732070/

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. This queer conference gathers a range of speakers and interest groups for dialogue, aiming to expose the community to a diverse range of perspectives and ideas.

Fri 11 Aug
Sayang/Chellame: A Multilingual Queer Love Poetry Event (Advisory 16 and above)
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
7:30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1911588069128731/

Gather with us for an evening of new love poetry written by Singaporeans and Malaysians in Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, Kristang and Thai. Together, we’ll celebrate the passions of the heart and the linguistic, sexual and gender diversity of our lands. This event will be hosted by Kokila Annamalai and Ng Yi-Sheng, and will feature writers including Irfan Kasban, Faris Joraimi, Max Pasakorn and Catalina Rembuyan.

Thu 17 Aug
The Bear Project x Queer Book Club: Faeries, Bears, & Leathermen
Meet outside Toms and Toms cafe at Icon Village, 16 Enggor St
8pm
Private event, please register

The Bear Project and Queer Book Club are collaborating to discuss FAERIES, BEARS, AND LEATHERMEN: MEN IN COMMUNITY QUEERING THE MASCULINE by Peter Hennen. The book is a social psychological study on how conventional masculinity is challenged, subverted, or perpetuated in contemporary gay male culture.

Fri 18 to Sun 21 Aug
IndigNation Film Festival

Front Cover (USA)
Directed by Ray Yeung
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
8pm

SHe (Taiwan) and The Revival: Women & The Word (USA)
Directed by Kuo Hsin-ying; directed by Sekiya Dorsett
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
Sat 19 Aug, 5pm

Short Circuit 6 (Singapore)
Short films curated by Boo Junfeng, Alfian Sa’at and He Shu Ming
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
Sat 19 Aug, 8:30pm

Fathers  (Thailand)
Directed by Platphol Mingpornpichit
Sun, 20 Aug The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
2:30pm

Sat 19 Aug
Inter-University LGBT Network presents: QRIENTATION
Various timings and locations

If you identify as #LGBTQ+ and are an incoming freshie, or a current student in either NUS, NTU or SMU, come join us to get to know more people and learn about the LGBTQ+ landscape at the universities and in Singapore?

We respect the right to privacy of all LGBTQ+ freshmen joining us so if you’re not out, not to worry – your attendance will be kept confidential :) Sign up today!

NUS/YNC- Gender Collective + tFreedom + The G Spot: bit.ly/NUS-Qrientation
NTU- NTU Kaleidoscope: bit.ly/NTU-Qrientation
SMU- Out To Care: bit.ly/SMU-Qrientation

TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
6-7:30pm

Thu 24 Aug
Inter Alia presents: Conversations on Activism
Epiphyte, 47 Neil Road 7:30pm
Register here

Come join us for Inter Alia Legal Diversity Forum’s 3Q 2017 session – “Conversations with…” where movers and shakers of Singapore’s equality movement share their personal stories and journeys with activism.  Our keynote speaker for the night is one of the LGBT movement’s fiercest allies, Siew Kum Hong, Deputy General Counsel, APAC, Airbnb.

Fri 25 Aug
The Glory Hoes Present: Pride
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
8pm

Sat 26 Aug
ContraDiction XIII: HOMO BOMOH
The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower
7:30pm

Mon 28 Aug
The Giving Table: Dinner Cooked by Drag Queens
Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
7pm

Natural Education 2: A Queer Conference

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 for the opening weekend of the 13th IndigNation.

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.

This year, we’re focussing on themes of pleasure and the law: explorations of both the experiences that liberate us and the laws that frustrate us.

Most talks are public; a few are private and require registration. Foreigners are welcome. Events are free, but donations are encouraged.

SATURDAY 5 AUGUST

1-2:30pm, DYMK
Get It Together: Creating Ways to Assemble
A panel on public assembly by Vanessa Ho, Han Xuemei (Drama Box) & Quck Zhong Yi (Pink Dot SG).

3-4:30pm, DYMK
Ten Years After the Campaign to Repeal 377A
A panel on the first public LGBT rights campaign in 2007, with key activists George Hwang, Joshua Tan & Tan Joo Hymn.

3-4:30pm, Out Bar
Gay Marriage, Gay Divorce
A talk on the laws behind formal same-sex unions and breakups, featuring Indulekshmi Rajeswari (Same But Different), moderated by Kok Weng Keong (Inter Alia)

3-4:30pm, Epiphyte
Let’s Make a Show!
A workshop on the basics of putting up entertainment events by Becca D’Bus (RIOT).

5-6:30pm, DYMK
Facts and Myths about PrEP
A talk on pre-exposure prophylaxis (anti-HIV meds) by Dr Justin Sim from Atlas Pacific Medical.

5-6:30pm, Out Bar
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex Work But Were Afraid to Ask
A talk by Project X, featuring former sex worker Sherry SherQueeshaa.

5-6:30pm, Epiphyte
Queer Animalities: Penguins, Bears, Macaques
A talk by Dr Jun Pow and friends on the sexual evolution of humans acting like animals and animals behaving like humans.

SUNDAY, 6 AUGUST

1-2:30pm, DYMK
Shades of Purple: Bisexual & Pansexual Experiences in Singapore
A discussion featuring Indulekshmi Rajeswari, Stephanie Dogfoot, Atiq Lukman & Mark Nicodemus Tan

3-4:30pm, DYMK
Discrimination and Harassment in University Campuses
A survey presentation by the Inter-University LGBT Network

3-4:30pm, Epiphyte
Bisu: A Talk on the LGBT Malay Community
This is a closed door event. Admittance is by registration. Please register by writing to indignation2017@gmail.com with your name and your NRIC and the subject line ” “Bisu”.

3:30-4:45pm, Out Bar
Who Cares for Queers?
A panel on illness, disability and end-of-life matters in the LGBT community. Featuring Faizah S, Joena Shivani & Paralympian Theresa Goh.

5-6:15pm, Out Bar
Grow Old With Me
A workshop on care and community for ageing queers, facilitated by Edwina Shaddick.

5-6:30pm, DYMK
Hit Me Baby One More Time
A workshop on impact play. This is a closed door event. Admittance is by registration. Please register by writing to indignation2017@gmail.com with your name and your NRIC and the subject line “Hit Me Baby One More Time”

5-6:30pm, Epiphyte
What’s Next After 377A?
A Long Table discussion on future activism convened by Eugene Tan.

Connecting the Dot + IndigNation @ Pink Dot 2017

Pink Dot has been under an unusual amount of pressure this year, what with new restrictions on local and foreign sponsors, and police demands that the event be barricaded to ensure that no foreigners participate.

This is why IndigNation has started a new initiative this year to encourage more people than ever to attend this rally in the name of the Freedom to Love.

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Connecting the Dot is aimed at people who would like to go to Pink Dot, but would rather not attend alone. We’re offering you an opportunity to meet with a friendly group at a convenient location before going down together.

This is about making Pink Dot accessible to everyone and making sure nobody has to go alone. So do invite all of your friends and make a trip out of it!

Click on this Google Drive to find a meeting  place that’s good for you!

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If you want to meet our group: at 4:30pm on July 1, the IndigNation team is gathering at the Starbucks in Bugis Junction to show our unity and solidarity by going Pink Dot together. This is an open invitation to EVERYONE to join us and maybe even make new friends!

Look out for Azura who will be wearing a red T-shit that says “Liberté, Egalité, Bisexualité” for a contact point.

We will leave promptly at 4:45 so please be 15 minutes early. And remember to bring your IC!

We’re also using the Community Tent to create a Chillout Space, in collaboration with The Humanist Society, She+ Pride, SG Rainbow and Women’s Night. I just went shopping for Daiso products to furnish it!

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This space is intended for people to use to step away from the crowd and bustle of Pink Dot which may be overwhelming or otherwise anxiety causing for some. Please use this space as much as you need.

Please be mindful of its intent, in particular: We intend for the space to be calm, and chill, please help us create this. Let’s try to keep the volume, movement and crowds in here low. We intend for people to use this space when they need it as much as they need it. Do make space for others who might need it more than you do.

IndigNation 2016

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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!


WEEK 1

Fri 5 August- Sat 6 August, The Projector
OPENING: Indignation Queer Film Festival

https://www.facebook.com/IndigNationQFF/?fref=ts
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot & Muslim Sahib Torun

Fri 7:30-8:50pm, The Projector
Papa Rainbow (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)
http://peatix.com/event/181590PapaRainbow_fbcover

Fri 9:30-11pm, The Projector
Strike A Pose: Indignation Queer Film Festival Gala Night 2016
http://peatix.com/event/181684
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Fri 11pm-3am, District 7, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #01-41, Singapore 199589
After Party: Happy Happy Disco Function
https://www.facebook.com/events/178653402551838/
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Sat 7:30-9pm, The Projector
Queer Shorts (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)
http://peatix.com/event/181589
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Sat 9:30pm, The Projector
Funny & Fabulous (IndigNation Queer Film Festival)
http://peatix.com/event/181583
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WEEK 2

Fri 12 August, 7pm, BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street
Book Launch: Tania De Rozario’s “And the Walls Come Crumbling Down”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1731179183836695/
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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/932218486889109/
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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.

SUNDAY
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.

《WhyNot不为什么》第五期专题座谈会:异曲“同”工的空间
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
https://www.facebook.com/events/298253893862607/
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot
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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/731487083620862/
Organised by Ng Yi-Sheng and Atiq Lukman
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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.

WEEK 3

Mon 15 August, 7pm, Artistry, 17 Jalan Pinang
The Giving Table: A Dinner in Support of the T Project
http://tproject01.peatix.com
Prepared with love by Rose
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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: http://tproject01.peatix.com
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
https://www.gv.com.sg/GVGroupSynopsis#/group/59973b67-e9af-4a19-a9e2-f5a34f09bf47
Organised by Golden Village, curated by Singapore Film Society
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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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1714301815501597/
https://www.tinyurl.com/apaituactivist
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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

RIOT!
www.riotdragshow.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/266214673754053/
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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!
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, RIOT! is BACK!!!!!
Featuring Becca D’Bus, Mona Kee Kee, Taylor Jin, DeEnormous and Ashley Fifty.


WEEK 4

Wed 24 August, Artistry, 8pm
SINGAPORE STORY SLAM: Speaking Truth to Power
Organised by Stephanie Dogfoot and Tan Chee Seng
https://www.facebook.com/events/1755408731341613/
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 storyslamsingapore@gmail.com.

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/618936384941469/
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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)
https://www.facebook.com/events/113972309049624/
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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

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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

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://peatix.com/event/181684

SYNOPSIS
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
https://www.facebook.com/strikeaposefilm/
http://www.strikeaposefilm.com/

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.

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PAPA RAINBOW
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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

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://peatix.com/event/181590

SYNOPSIS
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.

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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

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://peatix.com/event/181684

SYNOPSIS
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
https://www.facebook.com/strikeaposefilm/
http://www.strikeaposefilm.com/

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QUEER SHORTS 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

Please get your tickets at http://peatix.com/event/181589

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.

Synopsis:
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

Synopsis:

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

犧牲之旅
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.

Synopsis:
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?

Soulmates
Lei Lei Aye
Myanmar, 2015

Opened for &PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival & Cabaret 2016

Synopsis:
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

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FUNNY & FABULOUS
*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

Please get your ticket at http://peatix.com/event/181583

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

Synopsis:
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

Synopsis:
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!

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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:

https://www.gov.sg/sgdi/organs-of-state/parl

Visit us at the Community Tent!