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The Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance

Hi friends,

Thanks for being part of Pink Dot 2013. A little goes a long way and Pink Dot is one of the many platforms for a Singaporean to stand up for equality regardless of orientation and persuasion.

Please find some time to visit our Facebook page and be part of the community.

I apologise if this page isn’t as frequently updated, and for the archiving of the previous SinQSA Facebook group.

For those interested in the SinQSA button badges and decals, please stay tuned to updates on the Facebook page.

Yours,
Sam Ho
SinQSA Co-founder

SinQSA badges and decals

Pink Dot this Saturday

Dear Friends of the Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance,

This Saturday is Pink Dot, and all are welcome to participate. Feel free to learn more about the event and FAQ at http://pinkdotsg.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213227668705748

I hope everyone will have good fun this Saturday (and also keep the park clean). Come in pink to show your support for the freedom to love.

SinQSA will have a mat and you are most welcomed to approach us to get a small token representative of the support of queer-straight friendship and harmony. These are badges and car window/windscreen decals (picture available on the SinQSA group wall).

I also take this opportunity to make an appeal for donations to help us recover some of the costs of producing these badges and decals. We will not be soliciting donations or monetary contributions on Saturday, but will have a box ready to receive any kind voluntary bits of generosity.

If you’re keen to donate to SinQSA before/after Pink Dot, feel free to drop us an email. You may also email us if you are keen to volunteer for a couple of hours at the SinQSA mat – any help will be greatly appreciated.

See you on Saturday.
Sam

SinQSA Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=19433577883

SinQSA snippets

Hi members and friends of SinQSA,

We now embark on a small project where we welcome and repost short biographical snippets of people who either:

1) Identify as queer
2) Have LGBTQ friends and relatives

With these snippets (about 200-300 words), we want to show the daily routines, as well as achievements and contributions of people who identify as queer or those who support their queer friends and relatives.

Here are some guiding questions for your snippet:
1) What do you (your friend) do for a living?
2) What are your (your friend’s) hobbies?
3) What are your (your friend’s) gripes?
4) What are your (your friend’s) contributions to society/Singapore?
5) What are your (your friend’s) personal achievements?
6) What was the last thing you (your friend) felt very proud of?
7) What was the last hurdle you (your friend) overcame?
Remember, your snippet may be about yourself or a friend/relative.

In Singapore, there are too many stereotypes and stigma that cast our LGBTQ friends, and straight people who associate with them, in the bad light.

Our little project aims to show that we are mature enough to move beyond the damaging stereotypes and stigma, and show that queer folks and straight friends lead ordinary lives, with ups and downs, and with achievements and contributions like any other Singaporean.

All too often, our problems, contributions and achievements are overshadowed by our identity, as people seem more preoccupied with gender and sexual identity. For once, we should help ourselves by putting the things we face as human beings, ahead of sexual orientation and gender identity, which are one part of who we are.

It is not as if we would like to prove to everyone that we are normal like them, but it is always nice to give gentle reminders to others if we want to make Singapore a better place for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Until the day comes when our differences can be a reason for us coming together, we should start looking at similarities and the things we share in common.

You may write about yourself, or of a friend.
You may choose to remain anonymous.
You may wish to write about the mundane and daily routines, or particular achievements, contributions or struggles, anything to show that we are human and have a lot more in common than we think.
You may write in any language.
If you are writing from outside Singapore, please indicate so.
We trust you to be honest n your accounts/snippets.

We aim to collect these stories for the indefinite future, and post them on our website and to our Facebook group subscribers on a regular basis, sharing these stories with the rest of the community.

Please send your snippets to admin [at] sinqsa [dot] org.

With the snippets coming in from people from all walks of life, we also seek volunteers who are able to help out with the editing. We will definitely welcome your help! Do step forward and send us an email too, to admin [at] sinqsa [dot] org.

Well, SinQSA is about celebrating difference and being together to celebrate it. Let us make change.

The SinQSA Game Show

Hello and apologies for the month-long delay.

On August 16, the Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance (SinQSA) organised the SinQSA Game Show, which featured 5 teams each comprising one straight and one queer-identified friends, all competing game-show style.

Teams Nevereverfull, Pussy Riders, Pinky and the Brain, Sepet Ninjas, and Last Minute (in descending order) had a good time competing and entertaining the audience.

The winners were not only the mentioned teams, who walked away with prizes, but the many queer-straight alliances themselves.

Even in the context of a game show, they have shown that queer and straight people can work together, overcome challenges and also have a good laugh.

This event would not have been possible without the sponsors New Urban Male, Rusty’s Favourites, The Garden Slug, Food #03 and People Like Us Cafe.

A big thanks to the game programmer Min, who has provided us with wonder visuals.

SinQSA extends its gratitude to venue sponsors 72-13, who have been a friend of Pride Month Indignation. We also would like to thank People Like Us and Fridae and all other volunteers who have made this event and all other events at Indignation’09 possible.

See you at the next meet-up!

The SinQSA Game Show

The SinQSA Game Show: Putting the Queer-Straight Alliance to the Game Show test!

Form a team of 2 (one queer, one straight) and battle through 3 rounds of games (formats include Pyramid Game, charades and Taboo). Registration fee at $10 (which will support the All You Need Is Love exhibition organised by the Post-Museum).

To register, include your team name, individual profiles (nationality, hobbies and interests) and contact information and send an email to admin[at]sinqsa.org.

Prizes will be awarded courtesy of New Urban Male, The Garden Slug, People Like Us Cafe, Rusty’s Favourite and Food #03.

The first 50 attendees will receive vouchers courtesy of New Urban Male, and there will also be a lucky draw.

The Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance will also take the opportunity to make a short presentation on its ‘Straight Privileges’ project.

Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
Date: August 16, 3pm

See you there!

The SinQSA Game Show

Come be a part of The SinQSA Game Show!

Organised by the Singapore Queer-Straight Alliance (SinQSA), and as part of Singapore’s Pride season Indignation’09, The SinQSA Game Show promises to bring fun and test the ‘alliance’ between straight and queer friends. In other words, we are putting the queer-straight alliance to the game show test!

Form a team of 2, 1 being straight, 1 being queer-identified (LGBT), and sign up for the contest. Your team will battle other teams through three rounds of games, their formats include the Pyramid game, the charades, and Taboo. The top 3 teams from a maximum of 12 stand to win prizes.

Registration is simple and electronic. Registration fee is at $10 (may be paid at Food#03 or at the event venue upon confirmation of your participation). Just send an email to admin (at) sinqsa.org containing the following information:

a) Team name (think of something creative!)
b) Contestant names, contact numbers, emails (so that we can keep in touch and provide the necessary information and updates)
c) Other interesting contestant biodata, such as occupation, nationality, hobbies, etc.

In the event there are fewer than 6 teams (2-5), the top 3 will still stand to win prizes, but will go through more rounds of each 3 challenges.

Latest July 9 update: If you have trouble finding a partner, just email-sign up as an individual, with your name, contact number, email and interesting biodata, and we can find a teammate for you to compete. You may split the registration fee at $5 each (go dutch on the “first date”).

Registration will close when 12 teams have registered, or by August 5, 2009, so what are you waiting for?

We also welcome donations and interested sponsors who want to be part of this event. Proceeds will go to funding the event, as well as photo exhibition All You Need Is Love, which will feature photographs containing at least one straight and one queer persons, capturing happy moments of friendship.

See you soon!

Event details
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road
Date and time: August 16, 2009. 3pm
Website: www.sinqsa.org
Facebook event group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=122505997743&ref=nf