Q: Who’s behind The Purple Alliance (TPA)?
A: A team of committed, dedicated and qualified volunteers helps to run the organisation and its activities. Among them are registered nurses, lawyers, human rights scholars, students and researchers.
Q: What exactly do you do?
A: Great question! Learn about us here. We aim to provide a space for people genuinely interested in doing something positive for the LGBTQ community, and invite pitches from individuals and groups who have a good idea of the projects they’d like to do but who need help doing it. Some of our projects. e.g., (Ind)ependent were pitched by individuals who wanted to make a difference. These projects have attracted significant interest and enjoy strong support from the community.
In short, we are an “Alliance” — we work with groups and individuals from the community to execute events under one banner. Think of it as the nonprofit version of the Virgin Group, where Virgin owns either a majority or minority stake of each unit, or issues licenses for the use of its name. Like Virgin, TPA supports each of the projects under its umbrella, and provides advisory and managerial support. Over the next three years, we hope to provide limited financial support for postgraduate research projects relating to sexuality, gender, health and human rights.
Q: I’ve got a project idea. Can I share it with TPA?
A: Definitely! Contact us with your idea and we will be in contact with you within three days.
Q: I heard you’re a healthcare organization. Is that true? Can I get HIV medication directly from you?
A: TPA’s health services seek to reduce the fear and anxiety so commonly associated with getting tested or visiting a doctor/therapist for any purpose. Though all of our volunteers in the healthcare unit are trained nurses, they are not allowed to endorse any medical plan or provide medication. They can, however, answer questions that you may have, and point you to the right resources. Through our close contact with community partners, we can also suggest other ways of getting more affordable HIV/AIDS medication that would allow you to receive treatment anonymously. Our source(s) are supported by official and respected local organisations dedicated to the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS. However, the responsibility of getting the medication you need ultimately lies with you, and we will always recommend going through the local health system if you can afford it — your status will be “medical-in-confidence”, meaning that your status would only be made known to the local health system and to selected healthcare workers, and not to people who do not need to know.
Q: How are you funded?
A: We were initially funded through the money we received for winning Oogachaga’s Take Action 2 national LGBTQ grant competition. Thanks to community support for our programmes, we also received funding for winning Oogachaga’s Take Action 3. We cannot officially ask for donations from the public, and do not take commissions. We keep our overheads low by relying on a pool of qualified, passionate volunteers.
Q: I’m straight/heterosexual. Can I participate/volunteer?
A: Definitely! We warmly welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to participate in and volunteer at our events. We are planning a series of Safe Zone workshops especially for you; we’d love to see you there!
Q: I need help with my school project/thesis/dissertation. Can you help me with it?
A: Sure! Just contact Sujith, the research, opportunities and media coordinator. Obviously we would not write your paper or complete your project for you, but we would be very happy to help you with any questions you may have about LGBTQ issues and the community, and, if you’re doing a survey, publicise your study. So far, we have supported undergraduate and graduate research at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Manchester University, the Singapore Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Columbia University and Queensland University, as well as projects at junior colleges, polytechnics, and international schools (e.g., United World College).
Q: Who can volunteer, and how can I learn more and apply to volunteer?
A: Anyone can apply to be a volunteer, so long as you speak basic English. Applicants for positions in the health team should have completed a course of study at an accredited university in nursing, medicine, psychology, social work or allied disciplines. Head over to our volunteer information page and sign up today. We really look forward to hearing form you.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Hop along to our contact us page for more details!