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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Humanist of the Year 2012

"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." - Sir William Bragg


The Humanist Society (Singapore) presents the Humanist of the Year award for 2012 to Mr Alex Au Waipang (above). This award is given to Singapore humanists who have made an positive impact on the society at large, locally and internationally. It is established in 2011 and its first recipient is local author Catherine Lim.

This year, the event will be held at

Singapore Council of Women's Organisations,
Training Room 2 & 3
96 Waterloo St 187967
23 June, 2012
3PM to 6PM
Entry fee is $10 for members, $12 for non-members.

To register, you can
1) Email us at
2) RSVP on Facebook
3) RSVP on Meetup

At the same time, the Humanist Society is celebrating the WORLD HUMANIST DAY. This Day is celebrated annually on June 21 as a way to spread information-and combat misinformation-about the positive aspects of humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to affect change in the world. (Source:


Born in 1952, Mr Au is a prominent social commentator and gay activist in Singapore. His personal blog, Yawning Bread, is founded in 1996 and is renowned today as a treasure stove of sharp, witty analyses. To the local gay community, Mr Au is highly respected for his relentless fight against the discrimination they face in a socially conservative society. He is one of the founders of People Like Us, a local gay equality lobby group formed in 1993. In addition, Mr Au has conducted talks, appeared on television and hit the ground running as a photographer and interviewer. He is a vocal defender of Singapore's secularism and an outspoken critic of religious extremism, pseudo-scientific institutions and creationism.

In recognition of his courageous efforts to improve the human condition, the Humanist Society (Singapore) honours Mr Au with the Humanist of the Year award for 2012.

After the award, members of the Society will be heading out for drinks. You are most welcome to join us.
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