Category: Pink Dot 2012
Thank you for making Pink Dot 2012 happen. Thank you for supporting the freedom to love.
For those who have been here more than once, thank you for constantly supporting us and believing in what we believe as well. As for those who were here for the first time yesterday, we were glad to see you and hope to see you at next year’s Pink Dot!
Pink Dot would like to thank all our corporate and individual contributors, ambassadors, performers, community groups, volunteers, food & beverage contributors and all others who have helped us in one way or another – without whom this night would never be possible.
Now that we’ve (sort of) recovered from the madness of this year’s awesome first Night Pink Dot – we’d like to share some beautiful behind-the-scenes photos taken by our wonderful photographers! /bring tears to my eyes
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We’d like to give a shout out to the special people who have supported Pink Dot with their heartfelt generosity! Thank you for making Pink Dot a heartwarming, happy-bellied party for all 15,000 people. Thank you for supporting the freedom to love.
Special thanks to Google and Barclays.
Many thanks to :
Positive Events, Fridae, The Gunnery, Share Tea, The Factory, Moojigay, Trevvy, Nando’s, Wok&Barrel, MARUAH, ZROOTE, Azmi Jaffar, Dave Kong, Gerald Tan, Richard K F Ho, contributors who wish to remain anonymous, and a special contribution In remembrance of Emma Yong.
Last, but not least, we’d like to thank all our volunteers for dedicating their time and energy to setting up Pink Dot and making sure the event runs smoothly. Many hands make light work, and it’s such team work that makes Pink Dot a joy to create every year.
Thank you all 15,000 of you for turning Hong Lim Park into a glittering sea of PINK!
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First Night Pink Dot lights up Hong Lim Park
Fourth Pink Dot outshines previous records, with over 15,000 Singaporeans coming together in a dramatic spectacle of glowing torches, light sticks and mobile phones to celebrate the freedom to love
Singapore, June 30, 2012 – Tonight, over 15,000 Singaporeans turned Hong Lim Park into a sea of shimmering pink lights, for the first-ever night Pink Dot. For the fourth time since 2009, thousands of straight and LGBT Singaporeans came together to celebrate inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love, with the formation of a giant Pink Dot in Speakers’ Corner. This was a 50% increase over last year’s number, continuing a four year trend of growth.
An annual event that aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and … Read More »
One more day to Pink Dot 2012!
Got your PINK outfit ready? Don’t forget to bring your Pink Torch and pack your picnic baskets! This is the fourth year that Singaporeans and PRs are coming to form the Pink Dot in support of the freedom to love – and we are all so excited about tomorrow!
The Pink Dot Concert kicks off at 630pm with performances from T’ang Quartet, Jack & Rai, Pink Dot Ambassadors Kumar, Sharon Au and Lim Yu-Beng, King Kong Jane, Pam Oei, and the cast of La Cage Aux Folles! Then, as day turns to dusk, the crowd will gather to form the pink dot. (To our foreign friends, we are sorry, but according to the park’s rules and regulations we have to invite you to the observation deck at this point.)
This is the first time Pink Dot is … Read More »
It’s the people that make a home. Since last year, Pink Dot has welcomed LGBT-friendly groups in Singapore to Hong Lim Park to make one big happy family. This Saturday, we have 19 societies 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.
Founded in 2008, 5Degrees is a not-for-profit networking group for LGBTQ professionals to network, exchange ideas and tap into potential career and business opportunities. Through regular workshops, networking sessions and discussion groups, 5Degrees seeks to nurture a conducive business environment for LGBTQ-friendly individuals, organisations and enterprises. 5Degrees also organizes special projects and charity initiatives in aid of the LGBTQ community.
Action for AIDS
Action for AIDS aims … Read More »
by Ho Kwon Ping
The words “some day” resonate with many people of my generation. They were the final words of the refrain from the song “We Shall Overcome” which marked the civil rights movement of America in the 1960’s and ‘70s. As a wide-eyed freshman in the US I attended student rallies and demonstrations, and I still recall the poignant, hopeful idealism of many young people, black and white, as they sang, arms linked and waiting for that “some day”.
For my parents’ generation, “some day” was a longing for a future when they would control their own destinies free from colonial masters; for freedom from poverty, hunger, illiteracy. The PAP when it came to power delivered on all its promises – and more – and “some day” became today. Basic civil rights – equality of gender, race, and religion … Read More »
All set for Pink Dot next Saturday? The team has drawn up a nifty guide to making your very own pink torch!
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 … Read More »
by Alan Tan
Truth be told, I used to join in the safety of the crowd and scoff at the gay community in high school. Indeed, I was homophobic.
Looking back, it is not difficult to explain my fears. My phobia probably came from the worry of being ostracised by others. I did not want to be associated with gay people as they are constantly insulted, bullied, and are segregated in literally any society. As I was approaching senior year in high school, I was balloted to work with a gay man for a project. I was furious, dismayed, and felt like the most unfortunate heterosexual human being in the world who had just lost his honour and pride. My body language mirrored my feelings, and he got the message clearly. I hated him and his way of life.
Yet, as … Read More »
We whooped for joy when we found out earlier this year that corporate giants like Barclays were going to stand up for and stand behind Pink Dot, which campaigns for the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation. Perhaps, just perhaps, we are striding towards a more inclusive, open, and loving society someday soon.
Barclays is proud to be a Corporate Contributor of this year’s Pink Dot Singapore. Recognizing the importance of addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and challenges in the city, Pink Dot’s campaign to raise awareness for diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance is a mission that resonates with the values and culture within our organisation.
At Barclays, we are committed to being a leading champion of LGBT inclusion. We recognise the value of diversity and inclusion to our business and our employees. Diverse teams make better decisions … Read More »
Expect an exciting line-up of some of Singapore’s favourite celebrities at this year’s Pink Dot Concert! Held at Hong Lim Park on 30th June (mark your calendars!), join Singapore’s favourite bands, comedians, and singers at the first Pink Dot held at NIGHT!
Catch Kumar, Sharon Au, and Lim Yu-Beng, our lovely Pink Dot 2012 ambassadors, acoustic duo Jack & Rai, funnygirl Pam Oei, Ivan Heng & the va-va-voom La Cage aux Folles, King Kong Jane, Tang Quartet and Starlight Alchemy. Woohoo! Sounds like it’s going to be a power-packed evening.
The show will begin from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (come early, chope seat) and later, witness the formation of Pink Dot 2012, which will take place at sunset for the very first time. Shimmering torches, light sticks, and glowing mobile phones aglow!
See you there!
WHAT: PINK DOT CONCERT 2012
WHERE: Hong Lim Park
WHEN: Saturday, … Read More »