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The opening of IndigNation 2013, Singapore's 9th LGBT pride month was held at 5pm on Saturday, 3 August 2013 at 72-13, the home of Theatreworks along Mohamad Sultan Road. This is a transcript of the opening speech by the main organiser of the event, Miak Siew: "Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the opening of the ninth season of IndigNation - Faith in the Future. I am Miak Siew. So before we start I have to first come out - I am in kind of an odd situation. I am gay, and I am Christian. And not only a Christian, but an ordained minister in the church. So to the Christians, they think I am out to convert them gay, and to the LGBT community, many think I am out to convert them to Christianity. So I'll be upfront. I am not out to convert anyone. Today, I am the chairperson of the organizing committee for indignation, which I have been involved in since 2006. Given that some people have asked me about these year's theme "Faith in the Future," I think I need to shed a little light how we got there - the theme this year emerged over very quickly during one of our meetings - someone suggested it - I think it was Weijie or Mathia or Tania - and quite unanimously we thought it was a good idea - it played on the word "faith" because our meeting was held not long after the incident when Pastor Lawrence Khong attracted a lot of attention with his statement to the ESM Goh Chok Tong. First, I have a lot of thank yous to read out. IndigNation cannot happen without a lot of people's involvement, generosity, pouring in their time, energy and resources into this. We want to thank 72-13 for the venue today, and for the closing day events Southeast Gaysia and Contradiction, Artistry Cafe for the venue for I Will Survive with Music, Select Books for hosting Gaylien Invasion, Free Community Church for hosting Transcending Gender; Fridae, IS Magazine and Beat Around the Bush for the media coverage; to CT and K Camden for the financial support; and to Gary and Kenneth of Ant Farms Design for the designing of the publicity and the candies; to Sayoni, OC Women, Purple Alliance, SgRainbow, Bear Project, YoungOutHere for their participation and involvement in the planning process; to thank you to the other Queer LGBT groups which have provided support, companionship on this process - People Like Us, Pelangi Pride Center, Pink Dot, Transgender Alliance, Bear Project, SgRainbow, SinGaypore, and my apologies to the groups which I have left out. And finally a big thank you to the volunteers who are helping out - Welton and Chase, Lip Sin, Hafiz. Thank you. I have an agenda. The spies amongst you please take note. I have an agenda, and I will be open about it. I don't believe that I need to hide this agenda - not like some groups who operate clandestinely and infiltrate organizations and mount hostile takeovers - we operate openly. We declare our intentions. We have nothing to hide. I have an agenda for a future that LGBT people will no longer live in fear. Fear of being rejected by their loved ones - kicked out of home, from the people dearest to them. Fear of being bullied and called names, and even fear of physical assault. Fear of being discriminated - at the workplace, at public places, anywhere. Fear of losing their jobs simply because of who they are. I have an agenda because without a road map of where we are heading, we will just be passively allowing things to happen to us. We would just be reacting. And up to now, most of our activism has been about reacting. I must recognize many amongst you today are doing your part - be it speaking up on behalf of the LGBT community, making your presence felt on a personal and a community level, or organizing the community in big and small ways - all of you are putting your money where your mouth is. To all of you - thank you for your work and your sacrifice. But we are often doing things in individual silos - hoping that somehow we would have a collective impact to change things. I think we can do better. While we are doing different things in different ways, sometimes disagreeing on how to do it, we need to have some sort of a master plan, some sort of big picture view instead of hoping that all the pieces will fall in the right place. We need to be coordinated. We need to all have a glimpse of the future so we know what we need to do now. We also need to recognize that we are all interconnected. Too often, we are divided amongst ourselves. I have seen LGBT movement in the US, in an effort to appear more mainstream to the straight community, left the Transgender community out of the equation. In 2007, in an effort to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed, transgender protections were removed from the legislation, claiming... See transcript of whole speech:

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