The Book


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What is it like to be gay and experience bullying in school or National Service? How do you deal with being rejected by your family and religious group because of your sexual orientation? How are women’s experiences different or similar to men’s? What does one go through in an abusive same-sex relationship, or when one loses a partner to suicide? What does a transgender man or woman go through in Singapore? When you have been diagnosed with a life-long illness, how do you continue living?

This collection brings together real-life experiences of love, grace, faith, dignity and courage from 21 ordinary gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Singapore who have survived extraordinary circumstances.

Monsoon Books first published the e-book in 2011.

Math Paper Press, an imprint of BooksActually, published the print edition of the book in April 2013.  The first edition was available in 2 different book covers. You can read a book review here by Ng Yi-Sheng on Fridae.

In 2015, after the 2,000-copy print run was sold out, a reprint was issued, with a new cover.

On 13 July 2018, a week before Pink Dot, the third edition with another new cover was launched. 

You can get a copy by:

* Visiting the BooksActually retail store at 9 Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru or checking out their online webstore

* Visiting Books Kinokuniya stores and look under “Asian Literature”. If unavailable, make enquiries at the Information Counter, quoting “I Will Survive by Leow Yangfa”.

* Borrowing a copy from the Pelangi Pride Centre, Singapore’s only LGBT resource centre & library; or at any of the National Library Board (NLB) public libraries in Singapore.

You can no longer purchase the ebook published by Monsoon Books in 2011.

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