Community Groups 2013
It’s the people that make a home.
Since 2011, Pink Dot has welcomed LGBT-friendly groups in Singapore to Hong Lim Park to make one big happy family. This Saturday, we have 21 community groups gathered under one roof. Most of these groups are run by volunteers who give their time and energy to making the world a better, warmer place. Meet them, say hello – and give them a big ol’ hug for being such wonderful people.
Between May 10 to 16, 2014, the tropical city of Dariwn, Australia will play host to the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames. With seven days to celebrate sports, culture and human rights, new categories like Basketball, Dragon Boat and Roller Derby will be introduced alongside 15 other sports categories. Registrations are open already and an Early Bird registration fee (discounted rate) is available until 10 August 2013.
A Human Rights Conference will also be held at the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames from May 14 to 16, 2014.
Action for AIDS aims to prevent transmission of HIV/ AIDS through continuous education targeted at vulnerable groups; to advocate for access to affordable care, to combat against HIV/ AIDS discrimination and stigmatisation, and to provide support for people living with AIDS (PWAs), caregivers, volunteers and staff.
Forgot To Mention is founded by a group of five charming transmen who believe that all trans* needs to be loved and understood. It is a non-profit group that takes pride in listening to the needs of every trans* person from the heart. It is inclusive of all trans* people living in Singapore. You can do your part by volunteering, donating, funding our efforts or being a community partner and ally, because every trans* needs a friend.
ZONE: is a microsite powered by LGBT portal Fridae.asia to provide lifestyle and health information relevant to gay and bisexual men. Be in the know with insightful articles. Browse our Q&A section, and/or post your own questions anonymously and have them answered by your peers or healthcare professionals. ZONE: aims to provide a discreet online platform to promote individual and community responsibility in HIV & STD prevention, and making informed decisions.
ZONE: is part of Fridae’s community outreach efforts in empowering the LGBT population to come together, stay connected, be informed, overcome discrimination, nurture personal growth, and foster healthy relationships.
IndigNation is Singapore’s very own LGBT Pride season. First organized in 2005 (in response to the banning of the Nation Party that year) IndigNation has since grown into a full-fledged annual celebration of the different aspects of Singaporean gay life – from talks to film screenings to illicit mass runs and flash mob picnics. The season is its 8th year of running.
Established in 2007, MARUAH is a Human Rights Non-Governmental Organisation based in Singapore. `MARUAH’ means ‘Dignity’ in Malay, one of Singapore’s national language. This dignity can be achieved through championing causes from a rights-based perspective, evident in our attempts to advance human rights in Singapore and the broader region. MARUAH is a group of diverse individuals who are committed to raising awareness on human rights and on issues of social justice. The group has been gazetted by the government as a political organisation under the Public Donations Act in 2010, and has worked on a wide range of issue, including political freedoms, the death penalty, Internal Security Act, and the rights of women, persons with disability and the LGBT community.
Oogachaga is a counselling and personal development organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals. A non-profitable group under the umbrella of SPACES Counselling and Community Limited, Oogachaga’s services are supervised by credible professionals and agencies in the fields of psychology, therapy and counselling in Singapore who are familiar with issues facing gay, lesbian, transgendered and questioning individuals.
Pelangi Pride Centre
Serving the LGBTQ community since 2003, Pelangi Pride Centre (PPC) is Singapore’s LGBTQ resource centre, library and community space. Hosted by the Free Community Church and located in the heart of Geylang, the volunteer-run space is open every Saturday between 2-6pm. The library has also a huge collection of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction resources.
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The Purple Alliance
The Purple Alliance coordinates social events, conducts educational outreach, provides health assistance, supports academic research and works with external groups and interested individuals on projects that support the dignity of LGBTQA individuals and which nurture positive relations with the public.
Queer Book & Movie Club
Queer Book & Movie Club is a monthly book club (every 3rd Thursday of the month) for everyone in Singapore focusing on queer literature, rotating between three categories: (1) gay; (2) lesbian; and (3) transsexual/ transgender/ bisexual/ intersexual/ queer novels. Members also meet for LGBT movies every two months. The club is an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory group. Everyone, regardless of sexuality, age, gender, sex, class and race, is welcome.
Started in late 2009, rainbowartsproject (RAP) is an art-based initiative that aims to document, develop and promote queer culture in Singapore and the region. RAP organizes and initiates art exhibitions, happenings and events and attempts to constantly present queer ideas within the social landscape of South East Asia. Other than art galleries and alternative art spaces, RAP also presents projects in public spaces, cafes, clubs and other creative venues.
SAFE (Supporting, Affirming and Empowering our LGBTQ friends and family) is a group of parents, families and friends of LGBTQ people, who believe in a society that accepts, affirms and empowers everyone to participate fully in it, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Their mission is to form a network of support, affirmation and empowerment for families and friends of LGBTQ people by providing information and resources and encouraging dialogue that promotes respect for human diversity and the well-being of all LGBTQ people.
Sayoni is a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. We organise and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardness of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our vision is to empower queer women towards greater involvement and presence in the community. Our mission is to provide resources and communication channels that would contribute to self-confidence, participation and a voice.
Set up in June 2008, SGRainbow is a youth group that develops and organizes social activities
for young gay and bisexual men. Their tagline: “Self.Growth.Realise”.
Singapore Men’s Chorus
Singapore Men’s Chorus is an inclusive choral group for men aged 21 years and above. Celebrating its ninth year, SMC has grown from 11 members to almost 40 today. Members hail from various walks of life and countries of origin, with varied musical backgrounds. Auditions
are held from February to April each year for an annual concert in October.
Founded in 2010, Singaypore.sg is Singapore’s first LGBT Webisodes. At Singaypore.sg, viewers can watch original webisodes where the team conducts interviews on LGBT topics in Singapore. Through these interviews, singaypore.sg aims to be a platform to air the diverse perspectives of the community here in Singapore.
The G Spot
We are a collection of students from Yale-NUS College who promote diversity and inclusivity. We work on gender, sexuality and feminist issues. We aim to provide a safe space for education and activism.
TheBearProject (TBP), a social networking group for bears, bears-in-training and bear admirers, was founded in 2007. TBP made its debut at The Pink Picnic, an impromptu gathering at Botanic Gardens on National Day.
It has since grown from less than 20 members to its current 900+ members. Through activities like monthly movie outings, potlucks, hiking trips, outings to places of interest, workshops, overseas trips, etc, TBP aims to bring its members together to hang out, exchange ideas and hopefully, empower them with the sense of pride as part of the colourful gay community in Singapore.
Tomboy Pride is a group celebrating Tomboys & Girls. Through our tomboy crew, crew performances and activities for tomboys, we hope to liven the tomboy circle, provide an encouraging and supportive environment for tomboys and allow them to be Tomboy & Proud!
Transgender Alliance is an amalgamation of the 2 transgender social and info networks, SgGurls and SgButterfly, and a sister group, Project X, an advocacy group for transgender people working in the sex industry.
Women’s Nite, started since December 2003, is held on the last Saturday of every month to provide a safe, neutral and alcohol-free space for lesbians and bisexual women in Singapore to gather and discuss the issues relevant to their lives. Over potluck dinners, discussions on wide-ranging topics like self-acceptance, homophobia, relationships and identity are held. Special guests are also invited to field questions on legal rights and sexual health, and conduct art and dance therapy nights.
Young OUT Here is a youth community group, run by queer youths for queer youths. Young Out Here aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT youths to develop a healthy identity, and to reach out to LGBT youths to engage them in healthy learning, discussions and activities.