SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century
  • by Ng Yi-Sheng, published by Oogachaga, available from all major bookstores in Singapore and Fridae.com
  • Saturday, December 30, 2006

    Best Non-Fiction Book of 2006???

    I quote editor Jason Wee's SMS to me (I'm in Bangkok right now, being chaste yet cultural).

    "We're the ST best non-fiction book of the yr! We beat out cholera, 9-11, big macs and the entire subcontinent of india."

    Woohoo! Many thanks to whoever at the Straits Times did the picking. If someone's got a transcript of the article, please do send me a copy! Won't be back till next Wednesday. :) Btw, if you're having trouble finding a copy, I believe they're still out in force at Kinokuniya, though Borders has been bled more or less dry by Christmas sales.

    Btw, I've been extremely lazy about updating the SQ21 blog. In other news: Safe Singapore finally has its website up. Check it out if you haven't already.

    Update: Hooray! I'm still on vacation, but Boo Junfeng has scanned in the photo for our viewing pleasure. Korp kun krap, JF.

    Saturday, December 09, 2006

    Sat 9 Dec: Launch of SAFE, a group for straight friends and family of GLBT Singaporeans

    Update 7 Dec 2006: This is now an RSVP event. To be granted admission, e-mail your real name to pelangipridecentre at yahoo.com.

    Here's the details of the launch of SAFE, next Sat on 9 December, founded by our own Dr Khoo Hoon Eng from the book with three other women: Susan Tang, Susan Yap, Ong Su-Chzeng and Tan Joo Hymn. The opening was first announced in September.

    9th of December 2006 @ PELANGI PRIDE CENTRE
    we’re celebrating with launch of "SAFE"
    about SAFE -
    Supporting, AFfirming & Empowering our lgbtQ friends
    and family

    provides a support network where parents, family
    members and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
    transgender people and those who are questioning their
    sexuality can come for information and resources,
    learn from accepting families, share stories and
    experiences, keep communication channels open, and
    most of all to build strong and close relationships
    with loved ones. With these activities, SAFE hopes to
    promote a society with a healthy respect for human
    diversity that will in turn build up the well-being of
    all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and
    questioning people.

    website: (to be launched on 9th Dec 2006)

    ... and everyone’s invited!

    21 tanjong pagar road #04-01
    map - http://www.mox.com.sg/contact.htm

    saturday, 9th december 2006, 4–8pm

    with ECA-style recruitment booths from different gay +
    lesbian groups
    -- come meet the peeps from ADLUS, PLUME, Free Community
    Church, Oogachaga, RedQuEEn!, Women's Nite and SAYONI--

    we welcome book donations.
    if you have a favourite glbt book to share with the
    community, bring it along to the launch.

    Enquiries: pelangipridecentre at yahoo dot com

    Monday, December 04, 2006

    Penal Code discussion with Government today!

    Just got this off Signel!

    Hi Guys,

    On 4th December, which is today, there will be a focus group discussion on proposed penal code amendments. It will be held at the Grassroots' Club, Function Room 1 (190, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, beside the Yio Chu Kang MRT Station) at 7:30pm. The target audience are the young adults, religious organizations and grassroots leaders. I wonder if any of you are going / interested to go. If you are interested to go but did not receive the invitation, you can just drop by and register at the door step. I expect that a large part of the discussion will be focused on section 377a and sections in regard to woman's rights. Hope to see you there.

    With Regards,