Embracing diversity in our lives

 

Oogachaga is a community-based, non-profit, professional organisation working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals, couples and families in Singapore since 1999.

We are registered as a non-profit business (registration number: 53035413J), under our parent company SPACES Counseling and Community Limited (registration number: 200402955N) with charity status (charity number: 1812).

Oogachaga is a member organisation of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA),   The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) and JOY 94.9.

 

With all the ongoing debates, media coverage and online chatter around repealing or retaining section 377A of the Penal Code, some of us may be feeling overwhelmed. Here are some tips we have come up with that may help.

Oogachaga proudly and fully supports the petition regarding the 2018 review of the Singapore Penal Code, which will be presented to the Ministry of Home Affairs by 28 September 2018.

Section 377A is a colonial law that criminalises consensual sex between men. In the past, Singaporeans have been charged, convicted, and punished under this law. Even if it is not actively enforced, the law still punishes our gay friends and relatives by signalling that what they do, and who they are, is condemnable and wrong.

We strongly urge you to sign this petition if you are a Singapore citizen or permanent resident. If you are not, please help to share this with others who are.

If you're looking for local resources, check out Congregaytion: Singapore's LGBTQ community resource portal

Oogachaga, in collaboration with SG Narratives, warmly invite you to be part of our campaign for the local LGBTQ+ community, called “Our Story Is Drug Free".

We have become aware of the role played by recreational and addictive drugs in our community, and we are deeply concerned. We feel it is time for us to rewrite the queer narrative.

Your voice is important, and we hope you will join us and be heard. As leaders and members of the local LGBTQ+ community, you too can inspire others to create their own life stories that are drug-free and life-affirming. 

I’m here before you today because of the people around me - my friends, my family, my parents. Thank you for making me brave. Let us be that source of courage for someone else who needs it.
— Theresa Goh, Singapore Paralympic medallist
 

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