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National LGBT Census 2013
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Written by sayoni   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 21:56

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If you identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), you are invited to participate in the first ever NATIONAL LGBT CENSUS 2013 SINGAPORE, jointly supported by Sayoni, PinkDot and Oogachaga.

Your responses (all anonymous) are important in helping us understand our community’s health, housing, education, employment and family needs.

Apart from being a useful resource for local LGBT-affirmative NGOs to plan for the community, the findings will generate greater awareness to improve the day-to-day experiences of LGBT people amongst both public and private institutions in Singapore.

The census has 54 questions and should take about 30 minutes of your time.

Thank you for taking time to contribute to the understanding of our community!

 

More info

The National LGBT Census is a collaborative effort between Pink Dot Sg, Sayoni, and Oogachaga -- three lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) affirmative non-profit volunteer groups in Singapore. With a common goal to understand the everyday experiences of LGBTQ people in Singapore, this census covers a range of issues, from family-life to friendships, school and work experiences to thoughts on citizenship. Heterosexual individuals are welcome to participate in the study as well.

Pink Dot Sg is a social movement that champions the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation, through an annual gathering and campaign. Sayoni is a community of queer women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, that organises and advocates for equality in well-being and dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Oogachaga is a counselling and personal development organisation for LGBTQ individuals and groups.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:02
 
ASEAN SOGI Caucus: We are ASEAN
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Written by sayoni   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:45

We, the ASEAN SOGI Caucus[i] are deeply outraged and concerned by the decision of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of Brunei Darussalam's to restrict discussions and limit civil society spaces at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People’s Forum 2013 (ASCS/APF) for selective groups of people whose opinions and views are not aligned with the state's views, namely sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE), sex work, sexual and reproductive health rights.

 

We are disappointed that even in spaces that are meant to foster and uphold democracy and human rights principles by and for civil society organizations, specific sectors of society are being discriminated against and are restricted.

 

People of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity as well as sex workers and advocates of sexual and reproductive rights are banned and given conditions from organizing educational workshops that promote understanding and address the human rights violations that we are subjected to because of our identity and orientation.

 

We strongly believe that the invisible hand of the state in policing civil society spaces is highly unacceptable, and if such policing continues the ASCS/APF will no longer be a relevant space for civil society. We strongly urge the ACSC/APF to immediately address and correct this matter.

 

We are at the stage in our struggle for equality and respect that we will not accept discrimination, abuse and violence or state sanction as a part of our existence by the denial of our rights and our humanity.

It is in this spirit of pride and dignity that we are reclaiming our rightful space in our respective countries and in our region, and we demand our governments to:

1.Immediately repeal laws that directly and indirectly criminalize SOGI, recognizes LGBTIQ rights as human rights, and harmonizes national laws, policies and practices with the Yogyakarta Principles.

 

2.Establish national level mechanisms and review existing regional human rights instruments (e.g. AICHR, ACWC) to include the promotion and protection of the equal rights of all people regardless of SOGI with the active engagement of the LGBTIQ community.

 

3.Depathologize SOGI and promote psychological well being of people of Diverse SOGI in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, and ensure equal access to health and social services.

 

We urge the ACSC/APF 2013 to correct and apologize for the discriminatory and regressive action that grossly disrespected our basic human rights as members of the ASEAN community. We call on members of society to support our call for a TRULY INCLUSIVE and a REAL ACSC/APF that protects and promotes the human rights of ASEAN peoples regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as socio-economic background.

 

 
Participants Wanted for Focus Group
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Written by sayoni   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:44

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Sayoni is hosting a 3-hour group discussion to understand LGBT persons' recent experiences of Singaporean secondary schools. The information collected will not be identifiable. If you are aged 16 to 21, and would like to participate, please register your interest here. Your participation will contribute toward an SMU student paper and, potentially, future advocacy by Sayoni.

For enquiries or if you prefer to speak to us privately, please email Xiu Xuan at [email protected].

She is supervised by Kelly Then, who can be contacted at [email protected].

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 22:57
 
Gay Clay Workshop
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Written by sayoni   
Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:02

Gay Clay

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 03:18
 
Oogachaga's Take Action! 2
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Saturday, 15 September 2012 19:19
Oogachaga is having the second run of a great initiative that allows anyone to submit an idea to make a difference in the LGBTQ community. Their ad is below -- do join if you're interested! And for those who don't know, Oogachaga is a non-profit organisation specialising in counselling and personal development for the Singapore LGBTQ community.

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Have you always had great ideas to improve the lives of LGBTQ people in Singapore but never had a chance? Then there is no better time than now for you to take action!

Oogachaga is inviting all individuals or groups who aspire to make a positive difference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community to submit an original idea. There are no limitations to your programme as long as the resources allocated for it are reasonable and practical, so let your creative juices flow! You are encouraged to keep your idea simple to make it easy to implement, though.

Link: Take Action! 2

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2012 19:28
 
IndigNation 2012: Airing the Closet
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Written by editor   
Monday, 30 July 2012 04:02

IndigNation 2012 Event: Airing the Closet

 

What's it like to come out as a gay person in Singapore? How do the themes of our hopes, guilt and silence play out, both in and out of the closet?

Coming out can be painless for some but stressful and even traumatic for others. Through sharing from our guest speakers and the audience in a talk show format, Sayoni hopes to delve into the complexities of how every LGBTQ person reveals their sexual orientation -- for the first time, and each subsequent time -- in the coming out process.

If you're thinking of coming out or have questions or stories of your own to share, come and join us for an evening of chit-chat!

 

Airing the Closet: Our Very Own Chit-Chat

Date: 7 Aug 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 7-10pm

Location: KICKstart BREWiches (50 Armenian Street)

Who's invited: Everyone!

 

Links:

Airing the Closet on Facebook / IndigNation 2012 Facebook page / More IndigNation events

 
Celebrating 6 Years of Sayoni
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Friday, 04 May 2012 01:31

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Sayoni is throwing a birthday bash! Join us on 19 May (Sat) to celebrate 6 years of community and advocacy with a party at PLAY. The theme this year is “6 is Sexy”, so come in your sexiest outfit – whatever that is to you – and have a great time.

As usual, it’s queer women only, with male allies as guests.

 
Be a Sayoni Volunteer
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Saturday, 01 October 2011 18:08

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Do you like doing your part for a meaningful cause? Do you feel that you have something to give to the community? Would you like the chance to grow through valuable working experiences? Would you like to make a difference to someone's life — someone like you?

Sayoni is actively seeking volunteers to contribute to our growing needs. A wide range of opportunities are available, covering skills as diverse as copywriting, event organisation and academic research. You may volunteer for a one-off/short-term project or for a longer effort.

Whether you are a seasoned volunteer or completely new to volunteerism, we welcome you to apply with us and have a conversation.

 

Examples of our past and ongoing projects include:

 

To apply to become a volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application Form. We will be in touch within 14 days.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:54
 
Sayoni Sports Weekend
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From 5th to 7th August, Sayoni is hosting a Sports Weekend for all sports enthusiasts and anyone who just wants to play games! Activities range from bowling, basketball, badminton to volleyball and ultimate frisbee. Form your own teams or just sign up and get ready to engage in some healthy fun!

 

Sign up now: http://tinyurl.com/sayonisports

 

About Indignation 2011
http://indignationsg.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/7th-singapore-pride-season-2011-proud-to-be/

 


 
Join YOH5!
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Written by sayoni   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 22:51
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 16:02
 
We are recruiting volunteers!
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Written by irene   
Sunday, 07 March 2010 15:52
Have you felt that Sayoni has changed your life? Do you feel like doing something for the community? Perhaps you would like to meet more people while having fun at the same time? 

Sayoni is recruiting volunteers for our upcoming activities and events. We welcome everyone to join us in making the upcoming events possible. The first upcoming event would be Sayoni Anniversary Party, which will require many helping hands! 

Please write to irene [at] sayoni [dot] com if you would like to volunteer. We are all waiting!
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 March 2010 15:13
 
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