Indignation, Singapore's GLBT pride season, will take place from 1 to 15 August 2007. The opening reception is on 1 August 2007 and all are welcome. Details can be found at the link above. (Alex Au very kindly sent an invitation to me for the reception -- I do want to go and initially accepted, but then realised that I was already going for The Cure that night.)
Meanwhile, I'm currently in California for work. I recently changed jobs, and my new company sent me here for training this week. It's my first time on the West Coast and it's been great -- even based on the past few days, I can sort of understand why so many people like to live in California. I met a Singaporean who recently moved here with her ABC husband, and she was talking about some other Singaporeans who've moved here and won't go back.
I can kind of understand why. SF is lovely, very liveable -- it's like Melbourne to New York's Sydney. There is also a strong sense of tolerance permeating this very diverse city -- a lot of minorities (particularly Asians), and it's normal to see gay men around, behaving just like the normal folks they really are. And as I drove down the freeways from San Francisco to my company's campus every day, the sense of space and freedom is just so enthralling and liberating.
This is the kind of place that Singapore has to compete with. And it's going to be a pretty tough fight.