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It can be quite moving for those who can relate to these struggles, and is especially helpful for those who are still facing these issues Given that there are little, if any at all, resources that collect voices from the community, I highly recommend it to any LGBTQ Singaporean who are still coming to terms with their identities.That said, this is not a read I will recommend to anyone unfamiliar with the wide range of the LGBTQ experience, and or with queer politics I m disappointed with the e It can be quite moving for those who can relate to these struggles, and is especially helpful for those who are still facing these issues Given that there are little, if any at all, resources that collect voices from the community, I highly recommend it to any LGBTQ Singaporean who are still coming to terms with their identities.That said, this is not a read I will recommend to anyone unfamiliar with the wide range of the LGBTQ experience, and or with queer politics I m disappointed with the editorial portrayal of women s experience , suggesting that women have an easier time than men Really Yes, men have the added pressures of hyper masculinity in male dominant environments NS and boys schools , but notice that the women are primarily represented as the voices of grace to contrast the men s heartbreaking stories The experiences with suicide, depression, conflicts of honour with self actualisation, duty against happiness women share them too And that s not to mention the implication, of that specific women s voices section, that transwomen don t count as women Or that trans and women have stories to share only within their own special sections, and not in the others This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Picked up this book because it was the recommended book of the week, and it has proven a very interesting read I was expecting just stories about the LGBT community and their struggles, and there was plenty of that, but there were also stories that focussed on other topics, and other minority groups, like those who have been sexually assaulted, those who have sex addictions, and those who are HIV positive The stories about transgenderism intrigued me the most because it is a topic that I have Picked up this book because it was the recommended book of the week, and it has proven a very interesting read I was expecting just stories about the LGBT community and their struggles, and there was plenty of that, but there were also stories that focussed on other topics, and other minority groups, like those who have been sexually assaulted, those who have sex addictions, and those who are HIV positive The stories about transgenderism intrigued me the most because it is a topic that I have always been curious about but never really understood fully, and now I feel like I know muchabout the pains that one has to go through to just become who you are naturally supposed to feel like It s crazy how anyone could think that it is really a choice on these people s part, or a call out for attention who would want to waste so much money and time, and go through so much suffering just to get attention You could get that in so many other easier ways Ugh Anyway, I do really like the book, and I wishpeople would read it @Read Ä I Will Survive Í I Will Survive Personal gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories in Singapore brings together real life experiences of love, grace, faith, dignity and courage fromordinary people who have survived extraordinary circumstances Prefacing these stories are contributions fromlocal commentators who share their personal reflections on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in Singapore They are Mrs Juliana Toh, Executive Director of Counselling and Care Centre Reverend Yap Kim Hao, former Methodist Bishop of Singapore transgender activist Ms Leona Lo and former Nominated Members of Parliament Ms Braema Mathi and Mr Siew Kum Hong The book also contains a glossary of the common terms used to describe the diversity within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, and a listing of relevant community and professional resources in Singapore The editor s proceeds from sales of the ebook will be donated to Oogachaga, a counselling and support service Some initial thoughts after reading this collection of stories most, if not all anonymous The writers contribute anonymously not just because they are wary of being judged, but because they do not want to out their parents as having LGBT children.Siblings are waychill about one coming out of the closet Most of the reactions amount to Oh, that s cool Perhaps cuz they don t have the added baggage of realising that their genes won t be continuing to another generation through one of the Some initial thoughts after reading this collection of stories most, if not all anonymous The writers contribute anonymously not just because they are wary of being judged, but because they do not want to out their parents as having LGBT children.Siblings are waychill about one coming out of the closet Most of the reactions amount to Oh, that s cool Perhaps cuz they don t have the added baggage of realising that their genes won t be continuing to another generation through one of their own progeny It is quite disheartening to see the sheer amount of rejection the writers have experienced from all the people one would expect to love unconditionally Their parents, their best friends, their teachers, the counselors supposed to maintain confidentiality but end up spreading their orientation throughout the school, the church It is cruelty, plain and simple, to reject those expecting love and understanding from you.Some quotes Such is the strength of relationships, it can both give life and take life The most humane gift we can give to another the space to be oneself.As students we spendtime in school than at home If we don t wish to come out to our parents, the next group of adults we are in constant contact with are our teachers.Be compassionate to yourself, even as you re being patient with others.Connecting religion with sexuality is really about being comfortable with who you are, rather than living with those painful feelings of guilt, and then trying to embrace religion into your life.These unpleasant things that happen to you may stay with you for life, but they can only make you stronger than others, giving you wisdom that they lack.When it comes to ending transgender discrimination, I believe in education instead of depending on legislation alone The first thing I want people to know is that we do not choose to become transgender We don t wake up one day and decide that it s cool to be a trans man We all know we don t have a choice Sometimes we are just made that way That s the thing I hope people will understand, because with understanding comes acceptance.Friendship is an important thing I can t end our friendship, as I can t see you suffer alone We may be different in the way we think, but as fellow human beings, we re just like each other I still see you as the same person, and you re still my friend.The reason that kept me from telling them about the author s bipolar disorder was simple They never really asked This is a collection of 20 short stories At some point things got repetitive because many themes kept reoccurring bullying, suicidal thoughts, the struggle with religion, the difficulty in coming out etc but I m not complaining These are lived experiences and the fact that these themes reoccur speaks volumes The story that struck me most was a detailed recount of transitioning.Regardless, since this was published nearly 10 years ago, I hope believe many things have improved since then. With the rise of the far right, openly rejecting the existence of the LGBTQ, I think this is a kind of book that many people should read Right from the heart of the persons, they told us their stories, struggle, and the darkest side dwelling with their fear of people rejecting their true selves Put aside the LGBTQ, they are just human, just like any of us They eat, drink, breathe, just like every day people It s not like they hit on everybody they met on the street Or 24 hours thinking abou With the rise of the far right, openly rejecting the existence of the LGBTQ, I think this is a kind of book that many people should read Right from the heart of the persons, they told us their stories, struggle, and the darkest side dwelling with their fear of people rejecting their true selves Put aside the LGBTQ, they are just human, just like any of us They eat, drink, breathe, just like every day people It s not like they hit on everybody they met on the street Or 24 hours thinking about having sexual activity They still pray They have families They exist, and they are all around us Regardless what every religion says about them, everybody deserves to live and coexist Some very moving and inspirational stories Opens your eyes to the difficulties and struggles faced by members of the LGBT community and how their bravery, resilience and being true to themselves helped to overcome them. Not what I was expecting, but I think I am not the intended audience I realise the writers are not professional writers but their work could have done with a bitdirection from editors. I love reading lived experience of queer people Especially Singaporean people Not only because the tapestry of their stories is so intimate, so cozy, so recognizable to me, which makes me feelat home in this country, but also because of how their stories remind me to lead with kindness, to understand the paths people have walked to meet me where I meet them, and to always keep an open mind to other people and their different experiences of the world Particularly the stories of trans peo I love reading lived experience of queer people Especially Singaporean people Not only because the tapestry of their stories is so intimate, so cozy, so recognizable to me, which makes me feelat home in this country, but also because of how their stories remind me to lead with kindness, to understand the paths people have walked to meet me where I meet them, and to always keep an open mind to other people and their different experiences of the world Particularly the stories of trans people in the book solidified my belief in trans rights and my distaste for the othering of trans people so prevalent in the discourse I m glad that this collection of stories exist Given how a queer young Singaporean would grow up with little to no literature, media representation, community, or really any other way to explore their gender and sexual identity, this book is necessary It feels like a warm hug It sits now proudly on my shelf.In a country so hostile towards people who are LGBTQIA, I appreciate the work that Leow and many other activists do to bring together the community, provide services, lobby for change, and I m glad that this collection of stories exist Given how a queer young Singaporean would grow up with little to no literature, media representation, community, or really any other way to explore their gender and sexual identity, this book is necessary It feels like a warm hug It sits now proudly on my shelf.In a country so hostile towards people who are LGBTQIA, I appreciate the work that Leow and many other activists do to bring together the community, provide services, lobby for change, and fight for rights Leow is a very active member of civil society and the ED of Oogachaga, a NGO that provides counselling and other services for queer folk However, I find that this book could have so muchpotential if there was a heavier hand in editing and curating the stories I m currently reading the The Naysayer s Book Club and I am completely blown away by the first chapter I ll leave the details for another review but I Will Survive could have taken a leaf out of, well, the book