Esquire Shophouse 2018

LGBTQ+SG: Does Red, White and Pink Make Grey?

Sunday, 5 August
5pm to 6pm
Top of Duxton Hill (next to 13 Duxton Hill), Level 2, Room 2

What are the myths and untruths told about the LGBTQ community? Should we recognise LGBTQ rights in Singapore? Moderator Neil Humphreys attempt to set the record straight with a panel that features Cally Cheung, COO and co-founder of LGBTQ support platform Prout; Hirzi Zulkiflie, a YouTube personality; June Chua, founder of The T Project-a shelter for the homeless transgender community; Reverend Miak Siew from the Free Community Church; and Sean Foo, founder of Dear Straight People.

Cally Cheung


Cally Cheung is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Prout, a LGBTQ+ support platform. She also writes as the culture editor of Popspoken, a lifestyle portal targeting aspirational millennials by dissecting cultural content and experiences in a bid to create a more thoughtful modern generation.

Hirzi Zulkiflie


Hirzi Zulkiflie’s career started out as an online content creator and advocate artist. Formerly one-half of YouTube comedic duo Munah & Hirzi, the performer was included as one Pink Dot’s roster of ambassadors in 2015. Today, Hirzi continues his signature brand of provocative comedy as one of his more popular alter egos, Syasa Woke (@badgalsyasya). Hirzi was named as one of the “50 Men That Will Lead Singapore Into The Next 50 Years” by Esquire Singapore.

June Chua


June Chua, a transgender activist, is the founder of a shelter for the homeless transgender community living in Singapore. She is active in promoting the visibility of the transgender community including the sex worker population and has advocated for more social service support. June Chua was awarded the Promising Advocate of the Year in 2016. In the same year, her work at The T Project was awarded the Champion for Gender Equality and Justice by AWARE.

Miak Siew


Rev Miak Siew is the executive pastor of Free Community Church in Singapore. He serves the church since his ordination in 2011 after completing his Master in Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He has been involved with LGBT Christian movements in Asia and has participated in the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia organised by Jakarta Theological Seminary in 2015 and the Consultation of South and Southeast Asian Churches responses to the Issues of Human Sexuality and Gender Minorities organised by the National Council of Churches in India in 2017. He has also been involved in the LGBT movement in Singapore, and has been a member of People Like Us and had organised several seasons of IndigNation and Singapore's Pride Season in the past.

Sean Foo


Sean Foo is the founder of Dear Straight People, Singapore's leading LGBTQ platform that boasts over 13,000 highly engaged Facebook followers. Known for his ability in crafting socially conscious viral content, Sean is best known for his "Out Of The Closet" series; a series of feature stories that aims to tell the stories of openly queer Asians in all of their complexity. To date, his work has been featured on other media platforms ranging from mainstream publications such as Mothership and The Asian Parent to international publications such as Gay Star News and The Huffington Post.

Neil Humphreys


Neil Humphreys is Singapore's best-selling author with 17 titles to his name. His works on Singapore -- from Notes from an Even Smaller Island (2001) to Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from an Old Singapore (2015) -- are among the most popular titles in the past decade. His book Be My Baby (2008) chronicled his journey to parenthood and was his first international best-seller. Humphreys has penned two football novels -- Match Fixer (2010) and Premier Leech (2011) -- to critical acclaim. He also writes extensively for newspapers, magazines and websites in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, and the UK.