By Boo Junfeng
Last year’s campaign video carried broader, more universal themes that spoke to anyone in the world who supported the Freedom to Love. This year, we wanted to bring it back home and depict some of the realities faced by Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
It is, admittedly, less of a celebration than last year’s video, specifically because it is meant to address some important and very real issues. As we celebrate the Freedom to Love every year at Pink Dot, it is important that we realise that many LGBT people continue to face prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis. There are elephants in the room (such as media censorship and Section 377A of the Penal Code) that we cannot ignore. We hope people will ponder these issues leading up to Pink Dot 2012.
As with … Read More »
For Immediate Release
2012 Campaign Video Envisions a Brighter ‘Someday’ for Singapore’s LGBT Community
Singapore, May 30, 2012 – Singapore will once again celebrate the Freedom to Love at the very first night Pink Dot on June 30, 2012 – and in keeping with its community engagement, Pink Dot Sg today released a landmark campaign video marking a key milestone in the lead up to the main event.
Directed by acclaimed Singaporean director Boo Junfeng, this year’s campaign video, dubbed ‘Someday’, invites Singaporeans to envision a future in which Singapore’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will be able to openly celebrate their diversity, free of discrimination and prejudice.
The campaign video’s concept marks a subtle shift from past videos – all of which were also directed by Boo – and carried universally recognised themes packaged in a highly positive, bright and cheerful setting. … Read More »
Dearest Lady Gaga,
Welcome to Singapore!
We are Pink Dot Sg, a peaceful social movement that calls upon Singaporeans to support the Freedom to Love regardless of sexual orientation. Since our inception in 2009, we have called open minded Singaporeans to come out, dressed in pink to form a human pink dot – a symbol of acceptance of the LGBT community in Singapore. The yearly Pink Dot event has grown from 2,000 participants in 2009 to 10,000 in 2011, very significant numbers in strait-laced Singapore. This year, Pink Dot will take place on June 30.
Singaporeans “born this way” are far from being fully accepted by both government and society. Gay sex is still illegal, positive portrayal of LGBT persons is consistently censored in mainstream media, HIV prevention efforts are hampered by conservative sex education policies, LGBT persons are sidelined in jobs like … Read More »
“Someday…” is a series written by contributors, who pen their thoughts and hopes for a more open-minded society.
People and their sexuality can be classified with relative ease. First they’re divided into two camps – Either you’re straight, or you’re not.
If you’re not, that’s where the acronym LGBT comes in, efficient as a sorting hat, placing people into neat sub categories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
Of these, bisexuals are the perhaps trickiest to categorise, because they are inclined to both genders. Some in the LGBT community regard them with some degree of suspicion, because they have the best of both worlds, they have all the options, and if they’re lucky, they never have to deal with the sticky process of coming out.
Throughout history, bisexual women have been ostracized by their Sapphic sisters for their romantic and physical relations with men. … Read More »