SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st century (Math Paper Press, 2018)
First published in 2006, the groundbreaking collection of coming out stories was the first affirming non-fiction volume accompanied by real names and faces. Written in light, clear prose, SQ21 shows an unabashed straightforward honesty and finds inspiration in the lives of these ordinary Singaporean. After almost 12 years since it was first published, the reprint is now available from BooksActually and through its online store.
SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st century (Oogachaga, 2006)
What is it like for men and women to grow up here, to come out their families, to find love and work and meaning? What are their stories? For the first time in Singapore, a book answers these questions, showing our true faces and celebrating our lives as individuals.
Oogachaga’s first venture into publishing in 2006, the collection of 15 deeply personal stories were told in a light, readable style. The first of its kind in Asia, the booked has touched the hearts of young and old, single or in love, Singaporean and otherwise.
This project would not have been possible without the contributions of the author Ng Yi-Sheng, editor Jason Wee, photographer Alphonsus Lee, book designers Cyrus Ho and Kelvin Ng and interviewees, who all volunteered their services free of charge. We thank Mox Bar & Cafe and Borders for providing the venues for the launch of this historic book.
It was reviewed by The Sunday Times, and won acclaim when The Straits Times named it the best non-fiction book of 2006. All copies were sold out soon after.
"The book, which features the interviewees' full names and photographs, is the first project of its kind in the city-state where gay sex acts are still criminalised under Section 377 of the Singapore Penal Code inherited from British colonial rule. ..." Fridae, 20 August 2006
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