Category: Pink Dot 2010
After much discussion and debate, we’ve decided that the Pink Dot song for 2012 is.. *drumroll* True Colours. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, True Colours was released in 1986 by American starlet Cyndi Lauper. Because of its poignant lyrics, it became a landmark song for the LGBT community. We at Pink Dot Sg say aye - Your true colours are beautiful, like a rainbow.
See you on 30 June 2012 at 6pm, and sing-along to this song about courage, beauty, and most of all, about love.
Have a look at some of the versions we’ve found on YouTube below, and scroll down for the lyrics. Enjoy!
You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
Its hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
But … Read More »
Pink Dot started out as a grassroots initiative at a town hall meeting. In November 2008, some 20 people responded to an open call for ideas. Over drinks at a bar, they shared their ideas and views on putting together a Speakers Corner event in support of LGBT Singaporeans.
What transpired were two consecutive years of social campaigns that have reached thousands of Singaporeans, straight and gay.
In 2009, the inaugural Pink Dot event drew a 2,500-strong crowd to Speakers Corner. It was, then, the largest … Read More »
We had our cameras (with super duper lenses) all set at the vantage point for the aerial photo of Pink Dot 2010. But then a day before the event, we wondered what sorts of images we could capture if we simply attached a camera to one of our mega (36-inch) balloons?
It was no easy feat. The engineer among our midst did some calculations – it would take 3-4 big balloons to lift that 200g Canon compact camera high enough to capture Pink Dot in its entirety (around 20-storeys high).
We weren’t ready to go all the way with this experiment (should our army black tape fail us, the camera will seriously injure someone; not to mention, we’d be out of a perfectly good camera) and so, we went with just two balloons – enough to lift BalloonCamTM to a 5-storey height.
The … Read More »
Press Release: Hong Lim Park becomes a sea of Pink, with over 4,000 turning up for Pink Dot 2010
Singapore, May 15, 2010 – Over 4,000 pink-attired people gathered at Hong Lim Park today at 6pm to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. This makes Pink Dot 2010 the largest public gathering ever seen at the Speakers’ Corner since its opening in 2000, and is nearly twice the number of people who turned up at last year’s event.
The milestone event, held for the second time here, is organised by a group of local volunteers and aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. This year’s theme is family, and the peaceful event was attended … Read More »
Get your tops, umbrellas, hats, socks and wigs out! We’re a matter of just hours away from Pink Dot 2010!
Last year, 2500 Singaporeans turned up for Pink Dot, making it the largest gathering ever recorded at Hong Lim Park in Singapore’s history. Come join us this year to break that record, and to show your support for the Freedom to Love.
But before we gather to celebrate our year of the Family at Hong Lim Park this Saturday, here’s a look back at the 2010 campaign so far.
In February, we announced the date and the theme of the year – Family; and then in March, we introduced our ambassadors for Pink Dot 2010:
“I think Pink Dot helps to cast aside prejudices, and I think if we can get people to open up their hearts to their loved ones, it would be … Read More »
We’re just days away from the event!!! There are lots in store this year and we are hopeful that our friends, straight and gay, will join us in our celebration of the Family. Meanwhile, here are some responses to the questions we’ve been getting:
Q: How is Pink Dot 2010 different from Pink Dot 2009?
A: Pink Dot 2009 was the first platform where citizens could show, publicly, their support for LGBT family members and friends. Pink Dot 2010 takes our core message – to celebrate the Freedom to Love – a step further with a special focus on love within families.
Q: Will the event be exactly like last year?
A: Not exactly. Thanks to the love and generosity of our supporters, we are aiming to take the Freedom to … Read More »
Pink Dot is happening this Saturday! Join our ambassadors and the families featured in our videos to support every Singaporean’s freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation. Please note that our programme will start on time, i.e. 5pm, so it may be a good idea to come a little earlier.
5 to 6.30pm, 15 May 2010 (Sat)
Hong Lim Park
What to wear:
What to bring:
Family, friends, pets, picnic mats, your own food and refreshment, a fan to cool yourself if it’s a hot day, an umbrella (pink please!) if it rains
Who will be there:
Adrian Pang, Tan Kheng Hua, DJ Big Kid, and more
What to expect:
Performances, fun and freebies (first-come-first-served), the mass formation of a heart and dot, of which aerial photos will be taken
Let’s make #PinkDot a Twitter trending topic on May 15th as well! Spread the word to your followers, and … Read More »
Two brothers; two years apart. One is a man of the arts; one is studying political science. One is an introvert; the other is an extrovert. One is straight; one is gay. Meet Joel and Joey Kang, 22 and 24, both undergraduates at a local university.
However, the one thing these two brothers have in common is their love and appreciation for family. Despite their different interests, they both love each other fiercely for whom they are. Joey, the elder of the two, describes how he first realised his younger brother is gay: “I wouldn’t say that there were instances when I expected anything. Growing up, I didn’t have any suspicion or inkling he is gay.
“He had this friend who started staying over for extended periods of time. After a while, I started to suspect that there was … Read More »
“When you walk out on the street you have to face the cold hard facts, the world, and the way people look at you…it’s hard. Home is supposed to be the safe place where you can go to for warmth and love, and at the end of the day it’s good to know that there’s somebody you can go home to, who doesn’t judge you, who loves you for who you are.”
- Jamie Yee
Jamie Yee, 36, is a post-op transgender person. With the love and support of her family, Jamie, at the age of 24, underwent an operation to become what she had always felt she was: a girl.
From the age of five, Jamie knew she wasn’t quite like the other boys. Rather than sharing in the rough-and-tumble activities with them, she found herself gravitating towards girls’ toys, like cooking … Read More »
When one door closes, a closet door opens: A Singaporean mother’s appeal to parents of LGBT sons and daughters
The feeling of falling into a deep pit is how Yiap Geok Khuan, 67, would describe her state-of-mind when she first received word that her daughter, Eileena Lee, 38, is gay.
Tears filled her eyes before she even heard the words. She had been in denial for years and her greatest fear was about to be confirmed – that the daughter she once dressed up in her own image – would turn out to be lesbian.
The bearer of the news was not Eileena though. It was her younger brother, who decided to call his mother at her office one afternoon, all the way from Australia, where he was studying.
Eileena had confided in her brother, and he chose to speak with their mother about it. His intention was not to tell on his sister, but rather, to ask Mdm Yiap to … Read More »
It sometimes takes a life-changing experience for someone to gain a fresh perspective on life. For Adrian Pang, one of the most prominent faces in the Singapore film, television and theatre scenes, it took a few personal crises.
Having just turned 44, Adrian has been through several personal crises over the last few years. Each time, existential questions about life and life’s purpose would enter his mind and bother him for days on end. But through overcoming them, Adrian felt a renewed sense of purpose in life: “It’s so easy to be caught up in the daily rush of life and forget what’s important,” he noted. “I want to make this second half of my life count.”
To kick things in motion, the veteran actor left MediaCorp TV in March, after a three-year stint. He has since started ‘Pangdemonium! Productions’, a theatre … Read More »