Singapore nonprofit to hold transgender awareness exhibition on gender dysphoria

Photos: TransBefrienders, Marla Bendini
Photos: TransBefrienders, Marla Bendini

A Singapore nonprofit aiding the city-state’s transgender youths is striving to bring light to gender dysphoria in an exhibition happening later this week.

TransBefrienders is teaming up with LGBT platforms Rainbow Families and Heckin’ Unicorn to bring a transgender awareness campaign at Projector X: Picturehouse from Friday to Nov. 20.

Dysphoria/Euphoria, which also happens during Transgender Awareness Week (Nov. 13 to 19) and Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20), will highlight themes of gender dysphoria and artworks by eight local transgender and gender-diverse artists. They are Aki Hassan, Andy Winter, Benedict Lim, Marla Bendini, Naaliyah Noor Daneen, Sida Chu, Stephanie Dogfoot, and Worms Wav.

The space housed in The Cathay features holographic prints, video projection art, video interviews relaying peoples’ experiences with gender dysphoria including one from a Dr Jeremiah who will speak on treatments for gender dysphoria and debunk myths surrounding gender dysphoria.

The event is also raising funds by selling Wa Ko Kuehs, or steamed rice cake, in transgender colors (light blue, pink and white) and a workshop teaching guests how to make Ondeh-Ondeh, or sweet rice cake balls.  

There will also be six collectible limited-edition cards to collect from the F&B vendors like Dorothy’s Bar, GudSht, SMOL, The Fabulous Baker Boy and The Projector.

A crowdfunding campaign by the nonprofit is also ongoing for those who wish to support their work toward helping transgender youths.

TransBefrienders started in 2019 and is run by volunteers who discovered a lack of peer support for youths with gender dysphoria. 

Admission is free.

FIND IT
Dysphoria/Euphoria
Open 4pm to 8:30pm weekdays; 1pm to 8:30pm weekends
2 Handy Rd, The Cathay, #05-01, Singapore 229233

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