Events

PINK DOT/SOCIALS IN JULY – No Book Club


Book Club (Queer Theme): Queer Singapore edited by Audrey Yue and Jun Pow

queer-singaporeDate: Aug 2018.

Book: As a patriotic group, we decided to read Queer Singapore in the month of National Day.

Singapore remains one of the few countries in Asia that has yet to decriminalise homosexuality. Yet it has also been hailed by many as one of the emerging gay capitals of Asia. This collection analyses how contemporary queer Singapore has emerged against a contradictory backdrop of sexual repression and cultural liberalisation.

Please read:

-Introduction (1-28),

Chapter 5 (“Transnational Lesbian Identities,” 83-96),

Chapter 7 (“Photo Essay: A Brief History of Early Gay Venues in Singapore,” 117-148),

-Chapter 8 (“The Negative Dialectics of Homonationalism,” 149-160),

Chapter 9 (“Impossible Presence,” 161-174),

– Chapter 10 (“The Kids Are Not All Right,” 175-187), and

Chapter 11 (“Singaporean by Birth, Singaporean by Faith,” 187-96).

If you’re interested in other chapters, please go ahead and read it.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
Please wait outside Tom N Tom cafe and we’ll proceed somewhere private. Please be on time.

RSVP: TBA.


Book or Movie (Gay theme) – Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

9161zsTJi3LDate: Sept 2018

Book: In his haunting and fearless debut, queer Vietnamese refugee Ocean Vuong walks a tightrope of historic and personal violences, creating an interrogation of the American body as a borderless space of both failure and triumph. At once vulnerable and redemptive, dreamlike and visceral, compassionate and unforgiving, these poems seek a myriad existence without forgetting the prerequisite of self-preservation in a world bent on extinguishing its othered voices. Vuong’s poems show, through breath, cadence, and unrepentant enthrallment, that a gentle palm on a chest can calm the most necessary of hungers.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
Please wait outside Tom N Tom cafe and we’ll proceed somewhere private. Please be on time.

RSVP: TBA.


Book or Movie (Lesbian theme) – Oct


Book Club (Queer Theme): Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking by Tim Dean

9780226139395Date: Nov 2018

Book: Barebacking—when gay men deliberately abandon condoms and embrace unprotected sex—has incited a great deal of shock, outrage, anger, and even disgust, but very little contemplation. Purposely flying in the face of decades of safe-sex campaigning and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, barebacking is unquestionably radical behavior, behavior that most people would rather condemn than understand. Thus the time is ripe for Unlimited Intimacy, Tim Dean’s riveting investigation into barebacking and the distinctive subculture that has grown around it.

Audacious and undeniably provocative, Dean’s profoundly reflective account is neither a manifesto nor an apology; instead, it is a searching analysis that tests the very limits of the study of sex in the twenty-first century. Dean’s extensive research into the subculture provides a tour of the scene’s bars, sex clubs, and Web sites; offers an explicit but sophisticated analysis of its pornography; and documents his own personal experiences in the culture. But ultimately, it is HIV that animates the controversy around barebacking, and Unlimited Intimacy explores how barebackers think about transmitting the virus—especially the idea that deliberately sharing it establishes a new network of kinship among the infected. According to Dean, intimacy makes us vulnerable, exposes us to emotional risk, and forces us to drop our psychological barriers. As a committed experiment in intimacy without limits—one that makes those metaphors of intimacy quite literal—barebacking thus says a great deal about how intimacy works.

Please read “Introduction” (pp. 1-47) and Chapter 1 (pp. 48-96). If you’re interested in other chapters, please go ahead and read it.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
Please wait outside Tom N Tom cafe and we’ll proceed somewhere private.

RSVP: TBA


CHRISTMASSOCIALS 2018


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4 responses to “Events

  1. joyce

    How do I join or find our more information if I do not have facebook? Is there an email contact?

  2. Hi! We are at Tom N Tom but cannot find you! Where are you guys? xx

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