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).

We are affiliated as a member organisation of the International LGBTI Association (ILGA), The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) and JOY 94.9.

 

To mark Oogachaga’s 20th anniversary in 2019, we will be running a series of professional training workshops for social service, healthcare and education professionals, so as to better equip them with the awareness, knowledge and skills in working with their LGBTQ+ service-users.

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 that may help:

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

Oogachaga proudly and fully supports the petition regarding the 2018 review of the Singapore Penal Code, which was presented to the Ministry of Home Affairs on 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.

Oogachaga, in collaboration with SG Narratives, launched a campaign in May 2018 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.

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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