Singapore’s gay and lesbian Pride Season this year, IndigNation 2006, was a great success. What had originally been planned as a 2-week, 9-event festival eventually had 21 events over 4 weeks. One of the events, a dramatised reading of Desmond Sim’s new play Fairy Godfather, was held twice.
Some events attracted unexpected crowd sizes. The opening event, Alex Au’s talk The general election and the gay issue, was standing room only, with 150 -180 participants. Be who you want to be: The great Singapore makeover, had 200 – 300 squeezing into Mox Bar and Cafe. Likewise, the book launch of SQ21: Singapore queers in the 21st century, had 200 -300 people too, snapping up all 245 initial copies of the new book by Ng Yi-Sheng.
Finally, Talking Cock in Parliament attacted well over 350 people. Unfortunately due to the limited size of the old Parliament chamber, beyond 350, people had to be turned away.
Some of the gems of the Pride season were in the smaller events. There was a first-ever panel discussion by transgenders, a well-received panel discussion by lesbians, an intimate story-telling by writer Christine Suchen Lim, and fine poetry in ContraDiction II.
The art exhibition Sama-samaÂ ran for 2 weeks showing some truly intriguing works by young artists.
People Like Us wishes to thank all the organisers and helpers of the various events for their selfless contributions and efforts. Without you, IndigNation 2006 would not have been possible.
We would also like to thank all our sponsors, particularly 72-13 for letting us have the use of the space for 2 weeks, and our media sponsor Fridae.com, and all those eager folks who made their way to the events, gay, straight, bi, trans and whatever else in between.