Singapore's 9th LGBT pride season, Aug 3-31

Published: July 29, 2013

The theme of the festival this year is "Faith in the Future" as the LGBT individuals are urged to "look ahead to what possibilities there are for the LGBT community – not just about LGBT rights, but how we envision our future as LGBT people in Singapore."

The kickoff event Faith in the Future on August 3 will feature a diverse panel to discuss a wide range of issues including aging, coming out, transgender members of the community and the arts. Panel members include prominent social commentator Alex Au, politician and civil activist Vincent Wijeysingha, co-founder of lesbian activist group Sayoni Jean Chong, artist and writer Tania De Rozario, and transgender rights advocates Tricia Leong and Vanessa Ho.

Festival organisers said in a blurb: "We are not just going have these speakers talk at you – but we want to engage everyone to think about and imagine what the future can be, what the challenges are, and how we can participate in making that future happen. Come and dream and hope together – because the only future we can have is the one we dare to dream of."

On August 3, Sayoni will also launch its coming out campaign which will feature LGBT individuals and their coming out stories in the lead up to International Coming Out Day on 11 October. During this period, individuals can make a pledge to come out to somebody or to themselves and share their story in the form of videos, write ups or photos.

Other highlights of the festival include a discussion on same-sex parenting on August 4; a Pink Picnic at the Botanic Gardens on August 8; and a reading of Akka, Singapore’s first queer Tamil play by playwright G. Selvanathan about the life of a transgender woman to be followed by a discussion on language, race and gender on August 23.

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