About foreign participation

 Q: Can non-Singapore Citizens and non-Singapore Permanent Residents participate in the raising of placards at Pink Dot 2016?

A: Hong Lim Park is an area that has been designated by the Singapore government to be the venue for the Speakers Corner, the only venue in Singapore where people can demonstrate, hold exhibitions and speak freely on most topics. The Speakers Corner, however, is governed by a set of rules and regulations. As such, ONLY Singapore citizens and permanent residents are permitted to hold and raise placards during the demonstration segment of the day’s event.

Foreigners holding or raising placards during the demonstration will be breaching Rule 8(b) of the Speakers’ Corner regulations, thereby putting themselves and the organizers of the event at risk of prosecution. Placard holders are also reminded that Rules 8(c) and 8(e) also prohibit messages on the topics of race and religion; or include violent and obscene material.

Q: Can participants bring their own placards and/or banners?

A: Yes however we strongly encourage participants to use the Pink Dot placards. Should you prefer to bring your own, please note that ONLY Singapore citizens and permanent residents are permitted to hold and raise placards during the demonstration segment of the day’s event, according to Rule 8(b) of the Speakers’ Corner regulations. Placard holders are also reminded that Rules 8(c) and 8(e) also prohibit messages on the topics of race and religion; or include violent and obscene material.

Q: What can non-Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents do at the event?

A: As Hong Lim Park is a public space, everyone including foreigners are free to come for a picnic, check out the community tent and enjoy the concert.

Q: How and where can participants collect an official Pink Dot placard?

A: Singapore citizens and permanent residents are required show their Singapore identity card (IC) for a visual check when collecting their placards at one of several collection booths located around Hong Lim Park from 3pm on event day. Personal details will NOT be recorded by Pink Dot organisers/volunteers.

Q: Can the organisers try to ask for allowance from the park so that foreigners are able to participate just for a few minutes? The freedom to love should be extended to foreigners living in Singapore too!

A: We would very much like to do that because we do think it’s a really great idea. However, there are regulations already in place, and many factors will have to be taken into account.

To give a little background to our current situation, you may wish to read these insightful pieces:

1. A Pink Dot in a Sea of Rights Abuses

2. Freedom of Assembly and Pink Dot

In addition, while we welcome efforts to champion the freedom of public assembly, Pink Dot sees its contribution to Singapore primarily as a movement focused on championing the cause of inclusiveness and diversity through celebrating the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation.

We hope that our foreign supporters understand our position on this, and continue to support us in other ways in order to further spread our message of equality and inclusivity to their own communities.