20 December 2013

First in Singapore: Series of Videos Explaining Sexuality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Questioning Youth

In response to an identified need in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth communities, Oogachaga has developed a series of ten videos explaining human sexuality. Presented in various formats, with each lasting around 5 minutes, the videos provide answers to questions about sexual orientation, coming out and sexual health, and tackle issues like bullying and what parents can do to support their children.

In March 2012, Oogachaga conducted a survey titled 'Impact of Homophobia and Transphobia on LGBTQ individuals in Singapore'. The survey found that 60% of respondents indicated they had experiences with abuse and discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Across all gender and age groups, school-based homophobia was the most prevalent, as reported by 62% of respondents.

Through more recent focus group discussions and online surveys conducted by Oogachaga, youth respondents shared that the sexuality education they received in schools insufficiently addressed their needs during a period when they were either questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity. 
 
Bryan Choong, Executive Director of Oogachaga, said, 
“It is with great excitement that we are launching ‘Sexuality Explained’ online, through our YouTube channel and the Congregaytion.SG website. Nothing like this has been done before in Singapore. We hope that through this, young people out there – whether they identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, questioning, or straight – can have accurate and appropriate information about sexuality. Additionally, this might also serve as a useful resource for educational and social service professionals working with young people.”

About the video series:
The video content was developed by professional staff in Oogachaga, based on research and evidence, over a period of 12 months.

Watch the full list of videos below:

Episode 1 Understanding Sexuality

Episode 2 What is homosexuality?

Episode 3 Coming out

Episode 4 What is homophobic bullying?

Episode 5 How to deal with homophobic bullying

Episode 6 Am I normal?

Episode 7 How do I tell my family?

Episode 8 What can I do as a parent?

Episode 9 Understanding HIV

Episode 10 How can I be protected from HIV?

"I Know" - A video about coming out

This is a short film produced by Oogachaga. It features Daniel and his attempt to come out to his beloved mum. As part of his coming out process, he brought home his partner, Sean for an overnight stay. We hope you enjoy this!

Oogachaga has a conversation with K Shanmugam on LGBT issues in Singapore 

In June 2017, Oogachaga invited Singapore's Minister for Law and Home Affairs, Mr K. Shanmugam, to have a conversation on issues important to the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Minister visited the Oogachaga office in Chinatown, and agreed for the meeting to be filmed.