Alex Au

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Alex Au
Born 1952 (1952) (age 62)
Nationality Singaporean
Other names Yawning Bread
Alma mater Anglo-Chinese School
National University of Singapore

Alex Au Waipang, (Chinese: 区伟鹏) also known by his Internet nom de plume as Yawning Bread, is part of the Singapore gay equality movement.

He is the author of a website, where he provides analyses of Singaporean politics, culture, gay issues and miscellaneous subjects.[1] He is also the co-author of two books, People Like Us: Sexual Minorities in Singapore[2] and a French-language treatise on homophobia entitled L'Homophobie.

He was the owner of Rairua,[3] Singapore's first nude gay sauna.[4]


Au, English-educated and of Cantonese descent, was born in Singapore in 1952. He attended the Anglo-Chinese School for his primary and secondary education and obtained his tertiary degree from the National University of Singapore.[citation needed] After graduation, he worked in a managerial position at a British multinational corporation before branching out on his own as the proprietor of several business catering to the gay community, as well as freelance writing.[5]

He was one of the founding members, along with Joseph Lo and Dr. Russell Heng, of Singapore's main gay equality lobby group People Like Us,[6] and also the founder and list owner of the Singapore Gay News List (SiGNeL), the first discussion forum for Singapore's gay community.[1]

In 2002, he was presented with the Utopia award for outstanding contributions towards the advancement of gay equality in Asia.[7]

In July 2003, Au was identified by the now-defunct Channel i as a gay activist. His views were solicited in the wake of Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's recent announcement that the hiring of gays in the civil service would henceforth be liberalized.[citation needed]

In the run-up to the 2006 Singapore general election, Au provided extensive coverage[8] of the opposition parties' rallies which were attended by overwhelming crowds. Au included careful photographic documentation.[9]

Au used his connections with People Like Us and with leading practitioners in the local gay arts scene to organize IndigNation, Singapore's first gay pride month in 2005[10] and Short Circuit, Singapore's first gay film festival in 2006.[2]

In July 2012, the attorney general's chambers wrote to Alex Au, now a prominent blogger and gay rights activist, demanding that he take down and apologize for a June 2012 post in his Yawning Bread blog that criticized the judiciary for showing deference to the executive. Au promptly removed the post.


  1. ^ a b Offord, Baden (2003). Chris Berry, Fran Martin, Audrey Yue, ed. Mobile cultures: new media in queer Asia. Duke University Press. pp. 144–151. ISBN 978-0-8223-3087-5. 
  2. ^ a b Ng, Yi-Sheng (2006). SQ21: Singapore queers in the 21st century. Oogachaga Counseling & Support. ISBN 978-981-05-6205-2. 
  3. ^ "Police arrest four men in Singapore sauna". (in English). Fridae. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Peter A. (2011). Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-988-8083-04-6. 
  5. ^ Fridae bibliography
  6. ^ Peterson, William (2001). Theater and the politics of culture in contemporary Singapore. Wesleyan University Press. pp. 134–135. ISBN 978-0-8195-6472-6. 
  7. ^ "Utopia Awards 2002". Utopia Asia. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  8. ^ Alex Au (6 May 2006). "Report : On Hougang field". (in English). Yawning Bread. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Alex Au (6 March 2006). "Photo On Hougang field" (JPG). Yawning Bread. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "GLBT Guide to Gay & Lesbian Life in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia". 27 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 

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