Category: Pink Dot 2013


Ambassadors’ Speeches

Posted on July 1st, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 1 Comment

Michelle Chia’s Words

Hi everyone! First of all, I would like to say hi to all my LGBT friends here! I am so happy to be part of this event with my other straight allies who are here as well to give our full support.

真的很开心看到那么多朋友到现场支持我们秉持的信念。不止让新加坡的朋友也让全世界的朋友看到我们对彼此的接受和容纳。证明我们新加坡也可以是个先进又平等的国家。

I am very proud to be a Pink Dot ambassador. When I was approached to be the ambassador, it did not cross my mind to say no. Because I truly believe in equality, acceptance and especially, the Freedom to Love!

But to my surprise, I had some negative feedback and criticisms. They say I am a bad role model. Some people even asked if this will affect my business. Why would it? Aren’t we all the same? We have parents, siblings, friends. We study hard, work hard and meet people. And we fall in love! Which is a … Read More »


Support for the Freedom to Love Blazes Forth

Posted on June 30th, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 4 comments

A new height of 21,000 people came together to celebrate ‘Home’, carpeting Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park with iridescent pink lights.

 

Singapore, June 29, 2013 – Marking its milestone fifth edition, Pink Dot tonight saw an unprecedented 21,000 families, friends andmembers of Singapore’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, taking a stand in support of the Freedom to Love. Carpeting Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park with a profusion of pink lights from torches and mobile phones, this was the strongest-yet turnout, with 6,000 more participants compared to last year’s 15,000.

With the theme of ‘Home’, partly in tribute to the heartfelt national song composed by Dick Lee, this year’s Pink Dot – the second night event of its kind – continues efforts begun in 2009 to celebrate inclusivity and diversity among Singapore’s straight and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender … Read More »


Community Groups 2013

Posted on June 26th, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 6 comments

It’s the people that make a home.

Since 2011, Pink Dot has welcomed LGBT-friendly groups in Singapore to Hong Lim Park to make one big happy family. This Saturday, we have 21 community groups gathered under one roof. Most of these groups are run by volunteers who give their time and energy to making the world a better, warmer place. Meet them, say hello – and give them a big ol’ hug for being such wonderful people.

3rd Asia Pacific Outgames

Between May 10 to 16, 2014, the tropical city of Dariwn, Australia will play host to the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames. With seven days to celebrate sports, culture and human rights, new categories like Basketball, Dragon Boat and Roller Derby will be introduced alongside 15 other sports categories. Registrations are open already and an Early Bird registration fee (discounted rate) is available … Read More »


Making your own pink lights!

Posted on June 3rd, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 1 Comment

1. With white LED torch light
LED torchlights can be bought at places like Daiso, Army Market, Home-Fix, NTUC, 7-11, etc.

Pink cellophane paper can be bought at stationery shops like Popular ($1.80), Art Friend, Spotlight, etc. Remember to check that the light created by the cellophane paper is really pink, by testing with your phone’s LED light or by bringing your torchlight along.

Either cut a small piece of cellophane paper and wrap it around the torchlight with a rubber band.

Test the torchlight by shining it on white surface. Try not to look into it as it may hurt your eyes.

2. LED light of mobile phones
Download an app that allows the LED light to be turned on manually. For Android:https://play.google.com/store/search?q=led&c=apps For iPhone http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/led-light-for-iphone-4-free/id379753015?mt=8

Use adhesive tape to tape a small piece of pink cellophane paper in front of the LED light of the mobile phone.

Remember … Read More »


‘Home’ Director’s Note

Posted on May 23rd, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 5 comments

‘Home’
Director’s Note 

By Boo Junfeng

This year, we wanted to tell the stories that define what home is to many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in this country. Naturally, we found inspiration in “Home”, an evergreen National Day song that a lot of Singaporeans grew up with.

So we approached Dick Lee, who wrote the song in 1997. To our delight, not only did he grant us permission to use it, he offered us a special rendition he recorded in 2010.

We found new meaning in the lyrics as we listened to the familiar tune, thinking about the stories we wanted to tell. About a woman coming home to a family who is not fully accepting of her sexuality, about a couple who grew old together in a society that can be more open-minded, about a young transgender person who is finding … Read More »


Growing Support for the Freedom to Love

Posted on May 23rd, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 2 comments

Growing Support for the Freedom to Love

CooperVision, J.P. Morgan, PARKROYAL and The Gunnery join Google and Barclays to lead Pink Dot’s list of corporate and community supporters for 2013

SINGAPORE, 23 May 2013 – Global financial firm J.P. Morgan, local hotel PARKROYAL on Pickering, popular contact lens specialist CooperVision and audio branding agency The Gunnery, have come on board as Corporate Contributors of Pink Dot 2013, an annual event campaigning for diversity and inclusiveness while fostering understanding for the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. They join a growing list that includes search engine giant Google and international banking group Barclays.

For some contributors, supporting Pink Dot is part of their internal diversity programme as well as a way to reach out to the diverse communities they support.

“Diversity at the workplace is an … Read More »


Pink Dot 2013 drives the message Home, with new Campaign Video

Posted on May 23rd, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 12 comments

For Immediate Release

Pink Dot 2013 drives the message Home, with new Campaign Video

Singapore, May 23, 2013 – Marking its milestone fifth edition this year, Pink Dot 2013 aims to takes the message of inclusivity and diversity to Singaporeans far and wide – quite literally, bringing it Home – with the launch of a new campaign video.

In a shift from the short film format characteristic of the previous two iterations, this year’s campaign video examines moments poignant and painful, as seen through the eyes of three protagonists in portrayals based on true-to-life experiences. Set to the heartwarming lyrics of one of the country’s most recognisable songs, ‘Home’, written and sung by the multi-talented Dick Lee, the video – sharing the same title as the song, and directed by acclaimed homegrown filmmaker Boo Junfeng – touches on issues faced by LGBT people … Read More »


New heroes come out in support of the Freedom to Love

Posted on May 2nd, by Pink Dot Sg in Latest News, Pink Dot 2013. 2 comments

Trio of Singaporean role models across broadcast and theatre scenes announced as 2013 ambassadors

1 May (Singapore) – Michelle Chia, Ivan Heng and Mark Richmond are the 2013 ambassadors of Pink Dot, an annual rally that raises awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Featured in an “Ambassador Video” that was launched today, Michelle, Ivan and Mark highlighted the importance of inclusiveness and acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“We will like to thank Michelle, Ivan and Mark for coming onboard this year,” said Paerin Choa, Pink Dot’s spokesperson. “It is an act of courage and conviction to be willing to stand up and put themselves in the public spotlight. As allies or members of the LGBT community, they play a pivotal … Read More »