June is often recognised as lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) Pride month, to commemorate the Stonewall riots – regarded by many as the birth of the modern LGBT-rights movement – which occurred at the end of June 1969. It also marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, heralding warmer weather and longer days. Many cities therefore organise Pride events in June to recognize and celebrate the impact and contributions of LGBT communities. In Singapore, Pink Dot – a large-scale public event – will be held on 29 June at Hong Lim Park.
This June, I Will Survive celebrates LGBT Pride with the following activities:
I Will Survive in Family Service Centres is a month-long appeal to crowd-source funds to purchase copies of the book to be sent to Family Service Centres (FSCs), which are community-based social service centres staffed by professional social workers and counsellors. To date, funds have been raised to send books to all 42 FSCs, and additional funds pledged will go towards purchasing copies for counselling departments in universities, polytechnics and junior colleges. This professional outreach programme is carried out in collaboration with Oogachaga Counselling & Support.
I Will Survive in the Community is an intimate and interactive reading session to be held on 15 June, Saturday afternoon. There will be guests reading excerpts from the book, followed by Q & A with the editor. A small number of copies of the book will be available for sale, and some are available for loan from the library. This event is hosted by Pelangi Pride Centre, and requires prior registration. Admission is free, and places are limited, so click on the link to register now!
I Will Survive in Fridae Shop sees readers across LGBT Asia and the world being able to purchase copies of the book – in either pink or white covers – through the online portal. Look out for an online promotion in the last week of June…
I Will Survive at Pink Dot will see copies of the book being made available, free of charge, at Pink Dot in Hong Lim Park on 29 June. Details of who will be eligible for free copies will be made known soon!
Happy LGBT Pride!