Available in Print

I Will Survive: Personal gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender stories in Singapore is now available as a print book, in 2 different covers, in addition to the ebook format.

You can purchase your copy through the online webstore (free delivery to addresses in Singapore) or at the BooksActually store in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.

You can also find copies at Books Kinokuniya stores in Singapore, or make enquiries at the Information Counter, quoting “I Will Survive by Leow Yangfa“.

For a full list of locations, click here.

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Let’s Get Back Together [LGBT]

LGBT posterLet’s Get Back Together is an original testimonial theatre piece by Red Pill Productions that explores what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in present-day Singapore.

Based on interviews conducted with over 50 individuals from the LGBT community in Singapore, Let’s Get Back Together explores the realities that LGBT individuals face on a daily basis. From coming out to facing discrimination from wider society to grappling with faith, the road to acceptance is a constant and very real struggle for many in the community.

Included into the narrative are excerpts from 7 protagonists in the book “I Will Survive: Personal LGBT stories in Singapore“. For the very first time, the stories of Kenny, Pat, Stefanie, Zakaria, Ashraff, Dreghren and Kris will be portrayed on stage.

Cast:
Rosemary Mcgowan
Theresa Wee-Yenko
Cassandra Spykerman
Mitchell Poon
Ahmad Ezzat Alkaff
Matthew J Fam

Directed by:
Mark Ng

Written by:
Mark Ng, Kenneth Chia & Kimberly Anne Arriola

About Red Pill Productions:
Established in 2013, by a group of young aspiring theatre makers driven to continue seeking and making new art. The company had their debut in October 2013, when they re-staged local playwright Alfian Sa’at’s work Sex. Violence. Blood. Gore. Popspoken in their review  went as far as to suggest “keeping an eye out for this theatre group because it has shown it can play with the big boys.”

 >>>Get your tickets to Let’s Get Back Together HERE!!!<<<

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Pink Dot 2014

Photo © Shawn Danker
Photo © Shawn Danker

I was deeply honoured to be invited to speak at the Community Voices segment at Pink Dot on 28 June 2014 at Hong Lim Park, & this is what I said:

My name is Yangfa & I stand before you as a proud gay man, a proud social worker & a very proud uncle of 5 wonderful nieces.

I know life can be hard if you’re different.

If you’re too tall or too fat. If you have a single parent or a disability.

If you’re left-handed or transgender or gay or bi.

And life can be even harder if you’re different & you’re still in school. And you get bullied. Because there are bullies everywhere.

They are in Russia & in Singapore.

They’re in our classrooms & in our parliament.

They can even be online & onstage performing magic tricks in Chai Chee!

But WE are also everywhere.

If you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning & getting bullied, just look around: You are not alone.

And for all of us, please speak up & stand up to bullies. Call them out for the cowards they really are.

Their homophobia & transphobia will crumble when we speak up.

As the great Harvey Milk reminded us: “Hope will never be silent.”

We will survive all this!

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I Will Survive Homophobia

I Will Survive Homophobia

To mark the first anniversary of the printed book’s launch, and the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia [IDAHO], the publisher Math Paper Press will be hosting a book reading event at the store BooksActually.

Date: 17 May 2014, Saturday

Time: 7.30pm

Address: BooksActually

9 Yong Siak Street [Tiong Bahru]

S 168645

In addition to readings from the editor, Leow Yangfa, there will also be invited guests reading from Calling It Out – Singapore, an online campaign to highlight homophobic bullying in schools.

Click here to read more about homophobia and IDAHO, and link to the Facebook event page.

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