It’s not easy being gay in Singapore, but there is a whole bunch of people working towards making this country a more open-minded and harmonious home for all Singaporeans. This is the first in a series of profiles of local LGBT organisations. We talk to the everyday heroes who make Singapore a better place person by person, day after day. These groups will also have a booth (or a picnic mat) at Pink Dot 2011, so come by and say hi!
Who they are: A counselling and social service group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and curious individuals.
What they do: Counselling services and support group events, which are run by a pool of volunteers and volunteer counsellors. They have 60 volunteers, 12 who are counsellors and 4 full-time staff.
When was it set up: 1999 by Jason Wee, Steve Wong and … Read More »
Pink Dot has an important message to our friends and supporters from around the world. If you’re a foreigner planning to attend Pink Dot, please note that only Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents are allowed to participate in the formation of Pink Dot.
Pink Dot stresses that this rule is mandated by the authorities governing Hong Lim Park (Speaker’s Corner), where the event will be held, and not by the organisers of Pink Dot.
Pink Dot welcomes everybody, regardless whether you are straight or gay. However, Pink Dot also recognises the importance of playing by the rules and seeks the kind cooperation of our non-Singaporean/PR friends and supporters. You are welcome to join in the festivities! During the formation of the dot, a special area will be set aside for non-Singaporeans/PRs to watch and observe.
Pink Dot appreciates all the love coming … Read More »
Q: What is Pink Dot?
A: Pink Dot is the name of the organising group. It references the term, Red Dot, which is often used to describe Singapore. Pink, instead of red, because it is the colour often associated with LGBT (think: pink dollar and pink feather boas) but more importantly, it is the colour of our national identity cards and it is what you get when you mix the colours of our national flag.
Q: Is this event legit or legal?
A: Yes, of course! We have registered for the event and we shall strive to conduct ourselves appropriately, as set out in National Parks’ terms and conditions.
Q: Are foreigners allowed to attend?
A: According to the park’s terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and … Read More »
SINGAPORE, 18 May 2011 – In exactly one month, on 18 June 2011, Singaporeans will, for the third year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pinkdot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.
Organised by a pool of Singaporean volunteers, Pink Dot campaigns for diversity, inclusiveness, and works to foster understanding for the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of oneʼs sexual orientation.
This year, Pink Dot 2011 is fronted by the DIM SUM DOLLIES (picture below), the comedy trio comprising Emma Yong, Pam Oei and Selena Tan. Festivities begin at 4.30pm with a dynamic line-up including performances by Dave Tan of local indie band Electrico, Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan and dance group Voguelicious.
A campaign video, conceptualised and directed by award-winning filmmaker Boo Junfeng (Sandcastle, Cannes 2010), can be … Read More »
COUNTDOWN TO PINK DOT 2011!
SAVE THE DATE: 18 JUNE 2011
We’ve been a busy little red dot over the last few weeks, haven’t we! Seeing Singaporeans swept up in the heat of the General Elections and having a say in the country they love – it was so nice for us to see Singapore come together as one.
Now, we hope that everyone will come together again for PINK DOT 2011 to celebrate the freedom to love.
If you believe that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people deserve to express their love just like any other Singaporean, come joins us to form a giant PINK dot on June 18, and help us make this statement!
That’s right – in exactly ONE MONTH, Hong Lim Park will play host to a wonderful array of exciting activities, including performances from our PinkDot Ambassadors, the Dim Sum … Read More »