We talk to the everyday heroes who make Singapore a better place person by person, day after day. These LGBT support groups will also have a booth (or a picnic mat) at Pink Dot 2011, so come by and say hi!



Who They Are: A monthly gathering of lesbian and bisexual women every month. It was founded in 2003 by Charmaine Tan and Eileena Lee.

What They Do: Discussions and talks about anything related to the lives of gay women.

How To Get In Touch:
http://women-snite.livejournal.com/;

Email: [email protected]

[Snapshot]
Women’s Nite is a monthly gathering of lesbian and bisexual women in Singapore. Their events offer a safe space to talk about relationships, love, sexuality in a safe, neutral and alcohol-free environment. Previous topics included: “Rent, buy or with the folks?”, “Out Or Not” and “Reaching Out”.


[Q&A]

We catch up with some of the volunteers behind Women’s Nite Gea Swee Jean, Sylvia Tan, Tan Hui Yee, Joey Kang.

Why do you think Women’s Nite is important?

SJ: I really believe in Women’s Nite because of all the lesbian-related communities in Singapore, we happen face-to-face. We don’t have a strong online component, but we believe that we’re getting people to take the next step to be more open.

HY: The whole idea behind Women’s Nite is to break away from the kind of interactions you have in clubs. For people just coming out, it can be very intimidating walking into a pub to make friends. At Women’s Nite we focus a lot on networking and making platonic friendships.

Baring your soul to a bunch of strangers sounds scary. Are people game for it?

SJ: it’s a safe space and we have a disclaimer that whatever we talk about is confidential. It’s casual, we usually do it potluck-style in someone’s living room. We are a very beginner-friendly environment.

HY: We take efforts to make you feel comfortable and ensure that information is kept confidential. We try to make sure (well, as much as we can) that the people who come are not weirdos. We also keep an eye out for people who are a bit unsure or who are here for the first time.

Any plans to grow Women’s Nite?

HY: Personally, I think it would be good for people to feel empowered enough to form their own support groups. Every woman who leaves Women’s Nite, after they have found their own support groups, I hope they will offer the kind of help that others gave to them before.

What are you wearing to Pink Dot?

PINK!

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”