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Be inspired by the coming out stories of LGBTQs from different walks of life. Find out how to become comfortable with one’s sexuality at the workplace. What is a company’s diversity policy and what it means for you. Share and engage in active discussions in a small group setting.

Date:               Sunday, 12 September 2010
Time:               2 – 5 pm
Venue:             Free Community Church, 56, Lorong 23 Geylang Level 3, Century Technology Building Singapore 388381 (see map below)

Programme

  • Hear from a panel of speakers on being out at work. Panel speakers are George Hwang, Leow Yangfa, Tan Hui Yee, Joshua Yim and Otto Fong.

  • Individual Reflections – Negotiating my sexuality at the workplace

  • Small Group Industry Discussions

  • Presentation on what is a Diversity Policy, and how can it help us?

  • Question & Answer Session

This is a secular event for both women and men Admission is FREE + Complimentary Light Refreshments. Please REGISTER by 8 SEPTEMBER using the form below. For queries, please e-mail: sulin.ngiam@freecomchurch.org

About the speakers 

Otto Fong came out publicly via a blog when he was a teacher in Raffles Institution. After intense public scrutiny subsided, he was allowed to remain in his job. Otto is now a fulltime comic artist. His Science comics "Sir Fong's Adventures In Science" has just been mentioned by Straits Times as a Children's Bestseller.

George Hwang is an Intellectual Property and Media Law specialist, in private practice. George's interest in Constitutional rights stems from his practice in Media Law and innate sense of justice. He believes that you cannot be a good Media Lawyer without knowing Freedom of Expression. Similarly, you cannot talk about equal opportunities in employment without knowing what non-discrimination means, constitutionally. Given his corporate background, which includes being the general manager of one of the big 5 international music publishing companies in Hong Kong, George is naturally interested in Corporate Social Responsibility. His human rights record includes advising the advocates of the Repeal377A campaign, and representing the International Bar Association as trial observer in Malaysia and Vietnam in Freedom of Expression related prosecutions. Currently, he has a regular column on www.fridae.com.

Leow Yangfa has spent most of his adult life volunteering or working in the social services sector. After graduating with a degree in social policy in 1999, his first full-time job was in a statutory organisation, co-ordinating & developing social services run by voluntary welfare organisations in Singapore. He's since acquired qualfications in social work, and is now working in a local non-profit charity where he functions as a social worker and trainer. His coming out story was featured in "SQ21", and is out to his family, friends, colleagues & anyone else who cares to know.

Tan Hui Yee has spent the past 6 years running Women's Nite, a monthly discussion gathering for lesbians and bisexual women in Singapore. Over the past decade, she has also volunteered with other groups that promoted civil society activism and the rights of migrant workers, among other things. 

Joshua Yim is the founder and CEO of the ACHIEVE Group of companies, which provides human capital solutions for local conglomerates and MNCs in the Asia Pacific region. In 2009, Joshua’s achievements culminated in him being honoured as one of the top entrepreneurs in the prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year Award 2009. A prominent figure in Singapore’s HR community, Joshua is often invited as a speaker for a variety of HR and business events. He appears regularly in interviews on TV, radio, magazines and newspapers, and also contributes opinion articles to the various media.

About Free Community Church
The Free Community Church (FCC) is a congregation of diverse individuals and families gathering to worship and grow as a Christian community. Our vision is to be an inclusive community that celebrates diversity in living out God’s love and promise of abundant life for all. We affirm that all individuals, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, are individuals of sacred worth created in God’s image. We welcome all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or economic status to our worship services and activities.

About Oogachaga Counselling and Support
Oogachaga is a counselling and personal development non-profit organization founded in 1999, with a vision to develop fulfilling life experiences between individuals and communities of all sexual orientations and genders.

About Blackilocks Events
Blackilocks Events is a by LGBTQ, for LGBTQ events company aiming to promote cohesiveness by bringing alternative events to the community. 

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