“I grew up in a really hostile environment towards LGBTQ people, we were seen like perverts and paedophiles”
In this episode, we speak to Jean (She/Her) from Singapore. Jean has been an activist for 35 years and has her own organisation to help LGBTQ women. Jean also tells her about her life growing up in Singapore and how it has changed over the years for LGBTQ people.
Read below to hear more about her story:
“I am from Singapore, I started doing activist work when I was in school. When I started there were no LGBTQ groups in Singapore although there were some underground bars, but generally it is quite hostile. Over the years we were able to use different platforms like the internet to meet each other. Since then, I have set up an organization called Sayoni, which is an organization that works to uphold human rights protections for queer women, including lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women. They organize and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and sex characteristics.”