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Gay portal is organising the Singapore premiere of the film ‘Wilde’ on Tuesday 13 May 2008, at the Lido theatres as a fundraiser for Indignation 2008.
Directed by Brian Gilbert, this 1997 film chronicles the rise and fall of one of the geniuses of English literature, Oscar Wilde, whose plays, including Lady Windermere’s Fan and [...]

Review: Book launch of SQ21

The book SQ21: Singapore queers in the 21st century is not just a first for Singapore, but a first for all of Asia. A compilation of personal stories by 15 individuals, it speaks of self-discovery, rejection by family, coming out, love…. and much more.
It is the ‘much more’ that is much, much more. In a country [...]

Talking cock in Parliament

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Review: History talk

In her short talk, Venya Sinhaputri unlocked for the smallish audience the fact that Tamil writing from hundreds of years ago had references to same-sex love. It was a bit difficult to follow as the gods and characters were rather unfamiliar to Singaporeans. Furthermore, as she said, translating poetry into English loses much of its [...]

Review: Celebrating couplehood

Can I tattoo my will onto my thigh? was a question from the floor that sent the audience into uproarious laughter.
But it was a serious question. Would such a will be valid? Lawyer Sunita Sonya Parhar thought not, for the question would surely arise as to how the required two witnesses could sign it.
This was [...]

Review: Signs of our times

From Rob Phillips, the audience learnt that there is not a single dedicated gay bar in all of India. From Chris Tan, we heard about how Singapore’s gay bars gradually clustered themselves in the Chinatown area.
Each country takes its own trajectory when it comes to the emergence of its gay community.
In the case of India, the [...]

Here is a comment that from the blog of Jee Leong KOH, one of the poets who participated in ContraDiction on 3 August 2006:
The Media Development Authority of Singapore, which is tasked with media censorship, licensed ContraDiction, a gay poetry reading, on the condition that one of my poems would not be read. The offending [...]

What does a gay sensibility and the gay experience bring to art? Sama-sama, showcasing the works of 13 artists - of whom 1 is straight - gives clues to the answer. In their different ways, these works subvert habitual ways of seeing and thinking, contesting particularly questions of convention and permissibility.

Justin Lee’s The Queen of Happinness [...]

Review: Echoes of transsexuals

Imagine going through one’s entire school life without being able to pee in peace. This was one of the more indelible accounts from a male-to-female (MtF) transsexual on 3 August, at the Echoes of Transsexuals forum.
RC told of how her school forbade her to use the girls’ toilet, but when she used the boys’ [...]

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