Taboo Conversations III

Create on: 23 May 2012 at 06:10 AM

Taboo Conversations offers a safe platform for gay and bisexual men to discuss about topics that are relevant to them. These topics may not feature commonly in daily conversation as some are too private to be discussed in social outings, while others set off heated debates. Whether you are interested in topics that may raise eyebrows or set people thinking, we invite you to join us at the third run of Taboo Conversations, where you can share your own experiences and learn more about these topics. 

Thank you for your interest in Taboo Conversations 3. This run has ended. If you are interested, please join us for Taboo Conversations 4 here. 

When?
First Friday of the month from June to October 2012 (See exact dates below). 

What time?
7.30 - 9.30p.m.

Where?
The Oogachaga Centre, 41A Mosque Street S(059519). See map here.

Who is it for?
Taboo Conversations is a men's programme for those aged 18 and above, due to the nature of the discussions.

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The sessions are provided for free but we appreciate it if you could make a small donation at each session to offset some operating costs.

What are the topics?
1 June 2012 - Gay and Masculinity (Registration for this session is CLOSED)

It is not uncommon to come across 'prerequisites' like "straight-acting" and "no sissy, please" on social networks for local gay and bisexual men. Some tout it as a personal preference while others challenge them as signs of internalised homophobia. How do you view gay and masculinity? How are these views shaped by the heteronormative society we live in? Why are some people uncomfortable with "non-manly" behaviours while others find "straight-acting" gay or bisexual men a turn-off? No matter which side you are on, we invite you to voice your opinions at our first Taboo Conversations III session.


6 July 2012 - Body Image and Self-Esteem (Registration for this session is CLOSED)

The gay community is well-known for being aesthetically driven and it is commonplace to see buff gay men working out at the gym and shots of fit torsos and scantily-clad nether regions as display pictures on social networking sites and forums for gay men. Why is the gay communitykso focused on physical appearance? How does one cope with social pressure on the need to look good? What is the impact of such an emphasis on body image on self-esteem? Join us for this session as we discuss about your views on body image and self-esteem in the gay community.


3 August 2012 - Gay and Virginity (Registration for this session is CLOSED)

Sexual behaviours and sexuality have been perceived as synonymous for ages, particularly in the gay and bisexual men community. There are individuals who opine that gay men who do not have sex with other men are n/t considered gay at all. Others tease those who are gay but remain virgin. At this session, we want to hear your views about whether relationships come before sex or vice versa. We are also interested to hear from those who think that being gay equals to being sexually active with other men.


7 September 2012 - Bisexuality and Pansexuality (Registration for this session is CLOSED)

Some people say that there is no true bisexual man; bisexual men are merely suppressing their homosexuality to fit into a heteronormative society. Others argue that sexuality and gender identity are fluid, and that most people are bisexual or pansexual. Yet others still are saying that pansexuality and bisexuality do not exist, that people think they are pansexual or bisexual as they are exploring their 'true' sexuality. Whichever stand you subscribe to, join us for this discussion as we share and hear the views of those who are interested to find out how bisexual and pansexual men fit into the general men-who-have-sex-with-men community and how they are perceived. We also want to hear about what sexuality means to you.


5 October 2012 - Relationship with a Difference (Registration for this session is CLOSED)

When you are looking for the 'ideal' man, what do you look for? Would a man a decade older or someone of a different race be a deal-breaker for you or do you embrace it as making the relationship more interesting? In a country that is seeing a constant influx of foreign talent, would the nationality or culture of your potential man make a difference to you? In this session, we want to invite couples in which the partners are of different races, age groups, nationalities and/or cultures to share about their experiences on how their differences affect their beliefs about sexual behaviours and sexuality. We also welcome others who wish to find out more about such relationships. 

Thank you for your interest in Taboo Conversations 3. This run has ended. If you are interested, please join us for Taboo Conversations 4 here. 

If you have any enquiries, please call 6224 9373 or email shay.goh@oogachaga.com

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