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Taboo Conversations 2 (Starting from 16 February 2012)

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02/16/2012 - 19:30
03/23/2012 - 19:30

Taboo Conversations are about issues relevant to Singapore gay and bisexual men communities. You talk about them in online gay forums while hiding behind the avatars. You talk about them privately among friends. Or you consider some of them too taboo to discuss because they can spark off heated debates. Taboo Conversations offer you a SAFE platform to share your views and have a balanced discussion on them. 

When?
Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (See below)

Where?
The Oogachaga Centre, 41A Mosque Street Singapore 059519. See map here.

How much?
The session is free but we do appreciate if you could make a small donation at each session to help us offset some operating cost.

What are the topics? 
16 February 2012 – Gay and Virginity
Sex behaviours and sexuality have been synonymous for centuries, particularly in the gay and bisexual men communities. There are some individuals who opined that gay men who are not having sex with men are not considered gay at all. Others will tease those who are gay but remain virgin. At this session, we want to hear from those who choose relationships first then sex or those who will keep their virginity until they are ready. We also want the views from those who think that being gay equal to sexually active with men.

23 February 2012  – Sex in Transaction
Sex trade is one of the two oldest occupations in mankind and we have always maintained a love hate relationship with it. In recent years, the local gay community have also witnessed an increase of sex trade activities, on the streets, online and reported blatantly in local media. Who are buyers and sellers? Is there a stereotype? How does one maintain a safe distance when being involved a sex transaction? What should one be concerned about?

1 March 2012 – Compulsivity in Love and Sex (Invited speaker from WECARE)
Our past two talks on addictions saw overwhelming responses from the community and helped to increase the awareness about sex and love addictions. Over the past years, we have received requests for help from individuals regarding these addictions. How does one know if he is maintaining a healthy sexual or love life? When should one be concerned about his or his loved ones’ behaviours? How does one decide that the issue is real and not because he is struggling with his own guilt about his sexuality? In this session, we invite a gay friendly addiction counsellor who will share on love and sex compulsivity and what are its impact on one’s well-being.

15 March 2012 – Same sex dating safety (Invited Speaker from CARE Corner Project StART)
The use of the online portals and mobile applications have changed the way people communicate, socialise and date. Gay and bisexual men are probably the most active users as these platforms provide a safer and hassle free option for seeking out romantic relationships or dating. How has “knowing the person online” changed our concept of dating safety in the community? What are some things to look out for and not allowing them to spoil the fun in dating? Join us to share on your personal experiences or hear our gay friendly speaker’s presentation on her recent research work on dating safety.

23 March 2012 – Gay and Masculinity
It is not uncommon to hear or read phrases like “straight acting”or “no sissy please” in local gay and bisexual men communities. Some explained it as personal preference and others challenged them as signs of internalised homophobic. How do you view gay and masculinity? How are these views shaped by the hetero-normative environment we lived in? Why are some people uncomfortable with “non manly” behaviours? Why others find the “straight acting” a turn off? No matter which side you are on, we invite you to voice your opinions at our concluding session.