The Anti-Manel: Real talk on the LGBTQ experience in Singapore [Coconuts Colloquium]

Pride Month may be over, but we want to keep the discussion going…

The public discourse on LGBT rights and culture is often framed by people who aren’t from the community. Let’s talk about the issues that don’t get covered (or get covered incorrectly) by mainstream media and voices.

This special Coconuts Colloquium will be moderated by our Managing Editor for Food, Lifestyle and Travel, Cindy Kuan.



Xing Jian, Pink Dot SG Public Relations Representative/Professional Life Coach

Xing Jian is a communication professional with a background in publishing and public relations. He has volunteered with Pink Dot SG for the past 6 years and supports the movement with his public relations experience. He is also an internationally certified life coach who focuses on self-confidence, expression and interpersonal/team dynamics.


June Chua, Founder, The T Project

June founded The T Project together with her late sister Alicia in 2014, to meet the needs of the transgender community in Singapore. The T Project supports the Singapore’s transgender community by providing a holistic social service, including a temporary shelter for the homeless.

In 2018, June founded the Alicia Community Centre, Singapore’s first drop-in centre for transgender people. The Alicia Community Centre complements The T Project’s work, focusing on providing transgender youth access to social support, trans-focused information and resources.

June’s work has garnered the attention of many. She was named the AWARE Champion for Gender Equality & Justice Award and the Promising Advocate of the Year by The Working Community 3, to name a few of her awards. She was invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in their International Visitor Leadership Program in 2018.


Carissa Cheow, student

Against the well-meaning advice from her friends, Carissa Cheow frequently survives on four to seven cups of coffee every morning. In those moments of caffeine-induced clarity, she aspires to do research in unexplored areas of political science so as to put these findings into practice rather than having to pull all-nighters to meet assignment deadlines. A member of the Inter-University LGBT Network and a co-founder of an NUS-based trans group, Carissa is active in various other advocacy circles and is currently working on her first collection of poems. As of 2020, she will be starting grad school at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.


Pat Law

Pat Law is the founder of GOODSTUPH, a 7-time Social Media Agency of the Year. Pat is also gay. Very gay.


Becca D’Bus, Drag queen/producer/host

Becca D’Bus is a drag queen. She is the producer and host of RIOT! Hosted by Becca D’Bus, Singapore’s only regular drag revue, and The Glory Hoes Present, a cult queer film series at The Projector. She is also resident at Cafe Bizarre at LuLu’s Lounge. She takes selfies for fun and group photos for a living. Out of drag, Becca is a middle-class, university-educated Chinese gay man, who since 2013 has been one of the organizers of IndigNation, Singapore’s Pride season, which was founded in 2005.

Like other Coconuts Colloquiums, there will be free-flowing drinks (while stocks last) and food during the event. After the panel discussion, attendees will also get the chance to mingle and hang out at the venue.

COCO+ Members are welcome to join the event free of charge.

Not yet a member? You can join COCO+ for the price of one coffee per month to get unlimited access to fresh, original and award-winning content plus the chance to join more regular events like this one.

WHAT: The Anti-Manel: Real talk on the LGBTQ experience in Singapore
WHEN: July 18, Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30pm
WHERE: Intermission Bar at The Projector
FOOD & DRINKS: Beer, wine, and finger food will be provided.
LANGUAGE: Discussion will be in English

*Manel = the traditional “man panel,” AKA the most conventional, vanilla panel discussion format there is

This event is free for COCO+ Members. If you’re a member, RSVP to by Wednesday, July 17.
Admission for non-members is SGD 20 via Eventbrite until July 17 — or SGD 30 at the door.