An open letter to Lady Gaga
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 education and the military, and most importantly, conservative families are far from being supportive.
But Pink Dot Sg and our 10,000 gay and straight supporters are not angry. Our response to fear, ignorance and homophobia is to share stories of love and acceptance. We know we’ve made an impact, and there’s more work to be done.
We hope you could lend your supporting voice, with a shout-out like “Singapore, support the freedom to love! Support Pink Dot 2012!” Tweet it, mention it in an interview, shout out to your monsters at your concert – ANYTHING! We love your outspokenness in addressing LGBT issues, and what you say can and will be of great encouragement and support to LGBT Singaporeans everywhere!
Hugs and kisses,
Pink Dot Sg