About Pink Dot SG
Singapore is home to many cultures. Since independence, Singaporeans have lived and worked harmoniously with people from all walks of life. We are indeed proud to be in a nation that values and celebrates diversity.
Openness, understanding and tolerance are important tenets of our society. In Singapore, however, very little is known about a segment of Singaporeans – the LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals). Out of fear and ignorance, prejudice forms.
Many negative things have said about the LGBT community; that they are abnormal, anti-family, perverse, demented, diseased… the list goes on.
Safe to say, the LGBT community in Singapore has been subject to hate speech and bigotry.
Pink Dot recognises that many Singaporeans are conservative. However, we also recognize the dangers that prejudice and bigotry can have on our social fabric. We are mindful that in some countries, hate crimes towards the sexual minorities have spurred outcries and social unrest.
Most LGBT Singaporeans are afraid to come out of the closet. This stems from a fear that the simple act of telling the truth can potentially pull them apart from the people that they love. As such, many of them live their lives dodging questions about their romantic life, hiding their true selves from concerned family members and friends.
From a young age, many LGBT Singaporeans struggle with self-acceptance. They know that they are inherently different from others, but they do not understand why. It doesn’t help that most of them have been told only one viewpoint by their parents, educators and society – that what they feel is wrong.
Over time, LGBT individuals distance themselves from the ones they love. This comes from a fear of compromising relationships – relationships that have taken a long time to build – with parents, siblings, relatives, schoolmates, friends and colleagues.
Pink Dot believes that love is best built on a foundation of trust and honesty, not fear and shame. As a group, we hope to bring LGBT individuals closer to their families and friends. Change for the better happens through conversations, not cover-ups and covert lives.
Pink Dot Sg is a non-profit movement started by a group of individuals who care deeply about the place that LGBT Singaporeans call home. It is a group for everyone, straight and gay, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love. With openness and acceptance, we hope to bring LGBT Singaporeans closer to their family and friends.
Pink is the colour of our ICs. It is also the colour when you mix red and white – the colours of our national flag. Pink Dot stands for an open, inclusive society within our Red Dot, where sexual orientation represents a feature, not a barrier.