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Thu Nov 20 2014, 7:00pm–10:00pm

Where: ERC Holdings Pte Ltd, 30 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188647, Orchard Road

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $120.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: alexlinh

Every group has its own consensus reality that it identifies itself with, this includes the group culture, name, values, what is agreed upon as acceptable and what is not acceptable. Subsequently, whatever that is not recognized by the group as 'us' becomes marginalized, and falls into the group's unawareness. Socially, this can be seen as the majority, or those with power, or rank, determining what is 'normal'. Anyone that doesn't fit into the normal range of what is accepted becomes marginalized or oppressed. Overtime, this marginalization and oppression build up tension and erupt into many social issues and challenges that we see and might even experience personally, for example sexism, sexual orientation, racism; just some of the many different iterations of minority versus majority, those in power and rank versus those with less power and rank. These describe many of the social issues that have plague humankind up till now.

What About LGBT Community?

A legit relationship is a relationship that involves a male and a female. For the many centuries have passed, this has always been the norm, hence, the majority. Whereas, a same sex relationship has been viewed as out of the norm, hence, the minority.

We, as a society, have a tendency to majority and sometimes forget about the minority. Unknowingly, we marginalized the minority and cause unnecessary misunderstanding and unhappiness among human beings. Perhaps we should consider that might be unsaid perspective, unveiled wisdom among the minority that we are dismissing. Hence, we are taking this opportunity to hear and collect the wisdom of the unheard.

Why LGBT Open Forum?

Being in a typical Asian country like Singapore, the topic of LGBT has been a hush hush for many decades until the recent years when "Pink Dot" made its debut and created more awareness about the topic. LGBT Open Forum is an empowering space especially for the topic of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT) to be discussed with the guidance of world-renowned conflict resolution facilitator, Dr. Gary Reiss. However, burden of history cannot be unloaded overnight. In this Open Forum, we would like to achieve more understanding and appreciation of the viewpoints from the participants as a start to move this boulder that has kept our society stuck for the decades before.

How Does LGBT Open Forum Work?

One principle of this forum is Deep Democracy (based on Worldwork) – Arny website. An Open Forum creates a safe space that enables dialogue and exchanges between the parts in conflicts, that supports the multitude of voices be heard. This allows the deeply oppressed and marginalized, thoughts attitudes and feelings to emerge, we can finally process and burn the grits that kept the conflict stuck, and move towards a more forwarding relationship dynamics.