Congratulations to fellow Singaporean Jack and his British husband Stephen on being the last couple to get married at the British Embassy in Berlin! As Germany has legalized gay marriages, same sex couples will be able to get married in Germany as of 1st October. Hence the embassy will no longer offer this service anymore. Congrats again guys!
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Edie Windsor - the lesbian activist who had been with her late partner for more than 40 years, fought the US vs Windsor case in the US Supreme Court in 2013 for married LGBT couples to be legally recognized. She has passed on at 88. RIP. Scroll 🏻 to see some amazing pics of her and her late partner Thea Spyer.
Good luck Athlete Claire Toh!
"If I were to win a medal, I’m dedicating it to my younger sister. She’s spending her birthday in Kuala Lumpur when I’m there to compete, so that will be my present to her. I really hope to make my family and friends who have been there for me proud.” – Claire Toh, 24"
Article and pic by @everydaypeoplesg
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The @interunilgbt is selling an awesome 'My Gay Agenda is for Justice and Equality' Tshirt in support of @oogachaga! All proceeds from this t-shirt sale will go to Oogachaga! Check out the link in our bio to purchase!
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One of the final events for IndigNation is happening today! It's an evening of queer horror-themed music and literature at The Projector, 7.30pm to 10pm tonight!
Pinkie has reached the hills of Thimphu, in Bhutan! Check out our Bhutanese friends rocking the Pinkie pins, plushies and totes! We are loving your traditional costumes and fangirling hard at your Dragon King and Queen here in Singapore! #pinkdotbhutan#bhutan#thimphu#pinkdotsg#igsg
The target of $25,000 has been met within 24 hours! The family and friends of Fadli and Fifi request to direct your donations to other worthy causes! The entire sum will be remitted over to the lawyers and get them the help needed ASAP.
Some organizations to consider donating to: Project X SG @projectx.sg Oogachaga @oogachaga The T Project @thetprojectig and so on. Thanks again everyone!
2 Singaporeans - Fadli and Fifi, have been arrested in Abu Dhabi and sentenced to 1 year jail time for looking 'feminine'. The family is now raising funds to engage a lawyer. They hope to raise $25,000 to cover the legal and translation fees.
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Thanks for the love and shining the light on us @lush995fm! We are absolutely gutted to see you go. You have brought so many amazing local acts to our airwaves, and also supported the local scene fervently. Thank you for the good times. <3 #lushloveslocal#ilistentolush
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In the final week of IndigNation SG events, you won't want to miss the following:
22nd Aug -
A Long Table about What's Next After 377A
Convened by Eugene Tan, this Long Table is a space for us to imagine this future and to talk about where we want our movement(s) to go (or not). https://www.facebook.com/events/1415080891932243
26th Aug - ContraDiction XIII: HOMO BOMOH (R18 Homosexual Theme)
An evening of queer horror writing by Singaporeans writers old and new! Come hear tales and songs of gay hungry ghosts, lesbian werewolves, transgender fox fairies and of course, lots of queer hantu.
28th Aug - The Giving Table: A Dinner In Support of IndigNation
Prepared by Ashley Fifty, Becca D'Bus and Mona Kee Kee. 100% of the proceeds from the dinner will go towards helping IndigNation, an annual season of events, talks, workshops, and more, by LGBTQIA folks for LGBTQIA folks.
Apart from the IndigNation Queer Films Festival happening this weekend, there is also the TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture - an evening of literature and arts by transgender Singaporeans happening at Artistry on 20th Aug, Sunday! Do check it out!
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Thank you for providing a refuge for transgender men @deveshwar_sham ! "Having once lived on the streets for five years, he knew the value of a home with some permanence. So Mr Sham and his wife Patricia, a private nurse, put their money together to rent a place.
"We want to start slow to make sure that we can manage," said Mr Sham, who also runs a support group for transgender men called The Kopitiam Brothers @thekopibros." via @straits_times
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We are spoilt for choice with 4 IndigNation Queer Films events happening this weekend at The Projector!
Aug 18th, 8-11pm - Front Cover: Indignation Queer Films Festival Opening
Aug 19th, 5-7pm - SHe + The Revival: Women and the Word - Indignation Queer Films
Aug 19th, 8.30-11pm - Short Circuit 6
Aug 20th, 2.30-4.10pm - Fathers - Indignation Queer Films
"The Disney Channel continued to show its commitment to diversity and inclusivity last week with an episode of Doc McStuffins titled "The Emergency Plan," which also featured an interracial lesbian couple as parents.
Voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi (two IRL lesbians), the most important aspect of the representation was the fact that the show didn't really call any attention to the same-sex couple at all. Instead, the show taught kids how to prepare for an earthquake, while also presenting parents who happen to be lesbians." Via @mashable#disney#lgbt#docmcstuffins
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Up for a night of poetry by Singaporeans and Malaysians in Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, Kristang and Thai as part of IndigNation SG? Head over to @artistrycafesg tonight!
Happy National Day everyone! May Singapore grow to become more inclusive and accepting of all, regardless of race, language, religion or sexual orientation, to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation. #MajulahSingapura
[QUEER SHORT FILMS, for above 21 only!]
Short Circuit 6 is back! And for the first time, it will be holding under the banner of IndigNation SG at The Projector! Proceeds will be donated to Project X - Singapore.
Check out the line-up of very fine LGBT short films by Donna Gladys, Tan Wei Keong, Royston Tan, Hirzi Zulkiflie, Marisa Goh, Sasha Isabella and Kirsten Tan, put together by Alfian Sa'at, Shuming He, Ash Lim and Boo Junfeng!
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets are now available in the link in our bio 🏻 at $18. $20 at the door. * * *
After a hiatus of five years, Singapore’s showcase of LGBT short films returns for its sixth installment, which continues to limn an extraordinary spectrum of LGBT experiences and perspectives. By turns heartwarming, funny, provocative and wistful, the selection is testimony once again to the vitality and range of our filmmakers. [Key art image from Tan Wei Keong's The Great Escape]
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Zhong Yi from Pink Dot talks about the challenges of making Pink Dot happen year after year at the 13th Indignation!
Watch this animated short from the link in our bio 🏻
"In a Heartbeat is an animated short about a closeted gay teen named Sherwin who goes to extreme lengths to keep his crush on fellow student Jonathan a secret. In a tale that’s performed without dialogue, Sherwin’s heart escapes his body and goes on its own journey to be with the young man Sherwin loves." #inaheartbeat
There are plenty of events happening in August organized by IndigNation SG! From Qrientation to A Queer Conference as well as the IndigNation Queer Films festival! For a complete list of events happening, do check out the calendar or link in bio above 🏻
'1717' by Architect Kay Ngee Tan.
Anyone caught the Pink Dot reference?
To check out other #天天向上 Tian Tian Xiang Shang sculptures, head to Raffles City! Exhibition happening till 21st Aug! #ttxssg#lgbt#pinkdotsg
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By Alfian Sa'at @alfiansaat , playwright, poet and writer.
"He is pointing at the rainbow but the rainbow is him" #ttxssg#rainbow#pride
To check out other #天天向上 Tian Tian Xiang Shang sculptures, head to Raffles City! Exhibition happening till 21st Aug!
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From Director @boojunfeng (man behind our Pink Dot videos)
"Because which other colour, right?
Statement: I made this in response to the success of Pink Dot over the years. It is a grassroots movement in Singapore that advocates for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our midst, and it does so through encouraging dialogue on the traditionally sensitive issue. On one day a year, the public is encouraged to turn up at Hong Lim Park dressed in pink to form a human “pink dot”, which symbolizes the acceptance of LGBT people in Singaporean society. The movement has proven so effective that there have been other Pink Dots formed around the world, including in Hong Kong.
Nearly 20,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents came to support the cause at Pink Dot 2017, making it a spectacular success. I was on the ground at Pink Dot this year and there was a palpable sense of love and solidarity rarely felt in Singapore. It was deeply moving to see many families at the event, where parents taught their young children values of inclusion and kindness. It gave many of us a sense of hope.
Tian Tian reminded me of that sense of hope. As Pink Dot enters its 10th year in 2018, it is my hope that meaningful conversations will prevail, and that the spirit of love and inclusion will not only occur once a year, but every day." #ttxssg#pinkdotsg#pinkdot2017
To check out other #天天向上 Tian Tian Xiang Shang sculptures, head to Raffles City! Exhibition happening till 21st Aug!
The Inter-University LGBT Network @interunilgbt is looking for volunteers to serve in the following 4 subcommittees:
1) Research & Advocacy
2) Support & Outreach
3) Public Relations
All current university students in local and overseas universities are welcome to apply, regardless of their level of study or whether their university has a relevant LGBTQ+ student group.
Find out more here: bit.ly/iulnsubcomm
Sign up now: bit.ly/iulnapplynow
Get to know more about their work here: bit.ly/iulnwix
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JAY-Z'a mum (right), Gloria Carter comes out as a lesbian in his latest album.
"Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," rapped Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter. "Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take." She appears on the latter half of the song, reciting a poem that asks: “Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?”" The song lyrics represent the first time either Jay-Z or his mother had publicly discussed her sexual orientation, according to HuffPost. But Jay-Z has long been a champion for LGBT equality, the news site pointed out."I've always thought (now allowing same-sex marriage) as something that was still, um, holding the country back," Jay-Z told CNN in 2012, in an interview about the rapper's support of then-President Barack Obama. "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. (It) is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."" via Straits Times #jayz#beyonce#gloriacarter#lgbt#lesbian
Are you LGBTQ+ and an incoming freshie or a current student from NUS, NTU or SMU looking to meet new people? Qrientation is happening again on 19th August! Sign-up in the link below for respective universities.
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
"But @gigihadid and @zayn are not the faces of the nonbinary or genderqueer movement as @Vogue would have its readers think — strictly speaking, Zayn isn't really wearing any clothing you'd view as "women's" in his shots. (I mean, Vogue, if you're going to make Zayn a new face of the genderqueer community, the least you could do is give us a solid, smoldering portrait of him in a ballgown with a bold lip. That would have likely overwhelmed me to the point that you'd get a pass.) While they may be “part of a new generation embracing gender fluidity,” they certainly aren’t at the forefront of that change; rather, they are the beneficiaries of activism that transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been leading for generations — plural. And in the context of this shoot, they’re appropriating those efforts.
Let me spell it out for you: Unlike how this new Vogue cover shoot presents it, the lived experience of being gender-nonconforming is rarely that fun and glamorous. Quite frankly, it can be a harrowing experience. It looks like being shunned by a family member at your own college graduation (summa cum laude from Duke, for the record) because you chose to wear a dress. It looks like being spit on in public, or like being terrified to leave the house because the night before, someone on the subway yelled that you should be set on fire. On an average walk through New York City in a dress, I will receive anywhere between 10 and 20 slurs. They are hurled at me with impunity, with complete disregard for my personhood, let alone my feelings. From “What is that?” to “Hey tranny!” to “What the fuck?” to “Oh my god, look at that faggot.” And for many trans and gender-nonconforming people, it looks like being physically assaulted or worse."~ @jacobtobia for @cosmopolitan#lgbt#genderfluid#nonbinary#vogue#cosmopolitan
The 18th Korea Queer Culture Festival took place in Seoul, with 10,000 people marching with pride in the central area. Last 2 pics show Christian protestors in the background with an erected banners that says 'Homosexuality is Sin, Return to Jesus' and a number of them kneeling as a sign of protest to the KQCF. #seoul#kqcf2017#lgbt