Category: Pink Dot 2012
by Liew Kai Khiun
At the dawn of the millennium, Church of the Saviour in Singapore ran a banner outside their Queenstown premises that read “Homosexuals can Change”. Highly visible to the public, the statement underpinned the change from the traditionally quiet disapproval of what is construed as unnatural sexual identities and relationships towards a more active drive to “rehabilitate” those belonging to the LGBT community back to what is considered as the heterosexual mainstream.
While generally agnostic, I used to share the general prejudices against sexual minorities in Singapore, and had probably agreed with the underlying messages of the banner of Church of the Saviour on homosexuality a decade ago. Growing up in a typically heterosexual mainstream family, I was probably internalized to the aversion of any other types of alternative social relationships or ways of life.
Brought up with … Read More »
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 »
It is not “someday”, but today.
My best friend and her husband, both devout Christians, are happy now that their lesbian daughter (in her late thirties) has found a loving, supportive partner for life. Their daughter and her partner live with the partner’s family, and the couple visit and dine regularly with my friend and her husband, like any good, married daughter and her spouse.
A few months back, my former student took me out for lunch, and told me about his long-term partner, who is English. The two men, who work in the medical field, have been together for more than 12 years, and his good news is that their families have accepted their relationship. My former student’s family is Singaporean and Catholic, and his partner’s parents are English and Anglican. Since we were having a Japanese lunch, we toasted his … Read More »
Someday, the campaign video for Pink Dot 2012, draws a realistic portrait of some of the realities faced by Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. These are very real issues faced by Singaporeans in their workplaces, homes, and schools everyday.
1) At the Workplace
While no official survey has been done on the situation of LGBT people at the workplace, anecdotal accounts and documented cases indicate a wide range of attitudes – from open-minded environments in industries like entertainment and media, to growing acceptance in a few government agencies and multi-national corporations (MNCs), as well as continued discrimination in some government sectors.
In 2003, the Singapore Government announced that gay people are now allowed to work in ‘certain positions in government’. Companies are also growing in acceptance with many having global diversity policies applied to Singapore. For example, last year, Google … Read More »
By Boo Junfeng
Last year’s campaign video carried broader, more universal themes that spoke to anyone in the world who supported the Freedom to Love. This year, we wanted to bring it back home and depict some of the realities faced by Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
It is, admittedly, less of a celebration than last year’s video, specifically because it is meant to address some important and very real issues. As we celebrate the Freedom to Love every year at Pink Dot, it is important that we realise that many LGBT people continue to face prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis. There are elephants in the room (such as media censorship and Section 377A of the Penal Code) that we cannot ignore. We hope people will ponder these issues leading up to Pink Dot 2012.
As with … Read More »
For Immediate Release
2012 Campaign Video Envisions a Brighter ‘Someday’ for Singapore’s LGBT Community
Singapore, May 30, 2012 – Singapore will once again celebrate the Freedom to Love at the very first night Pink Dot on June 30, 2012 – and in keeping with its community engagement, Pink Dot Sg today released a landmark campaign video marking a key milestone in the lead up to the main event.
Directed by acclaimed Singaporean director Boo Junfeng, this year’s campaign video, dubbed ‘Someday’, invites Singaporeans to envision a future in which Singapore’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will be able to openly celebrate their diversity, free of discrimination and prejudice.
The campaign video’s concept marks a subtle shift from past videos – all of which were also directed by Boo – and carried universally recognised themes packaged in a highly positive, bright and cheerful setting. … Read More »
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 … Read More »
“Someday…” is a series written by contributors, who pen their thoughts and hopes for a more open-minded society.
People and their sexuality can be classified with relative ease. First they’re divided into two camps – Either you’re straight, or you’re not.
If you’re not, that’s where the acronym LGBT comes in, efficient as a sorting hat, placing people into neat sub categories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
Of these, bisexuals are the perhaps trickiest to categorise, because they are inclined to both genders. Some in the LGBT community regard them with some degree of suspicion, because they have the best of both worlds, they have all the options, and if they’re lucky, they never have to deal with the sticky process of coming out.
Throughout history, bisexual women have been ostracized by their Sapphic sisters for their romantic and physical relations with men. … Read More »
Pink Dot appreciates all feedback from our friends and supporters, and we are aware of the concerns
raised – especially with regards to the participation of foreigners at Pink Dot 2012. As we come closer
to our highly anticipated event (and working very hard to make it the best one yet), we thought it
would be useful to highlight some of the questions that have been raised:
Q: I have read online that only Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to participate, is that true?
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 in which people can demonstrate, hold exhibitions and speak freely on most topics. The Speakers Corner, however, is still governed by a set of rules and regulations.
Under the administrative categories listed within the terms and … Read More »
What better way to spend the long Good Friday and Easter weekend than to spread some love? This was exactly what our ambassadors Sharon Au, Lim Yu-Beng and Kumar did – touring the various clubs over the weekend to share their support for the freedom to love.
It was a rollickin’ four nights at Play, Taboo, Butter Factory and Avalon for the ambassadors as they mingled with club-goers and shared their reasons for supporting Pink Dot 2012. The clubs were packed with clubbers and supporters who welcomed the news of the new sunset event, culminating in the formation of the first-ever Night Pink Dot.
After the launch of the Pink Dot Ambassadors’ Video 2012, Sharon, Yu-Beng, and Kumar hosted quizzes to give away some cuddly Pink Dot plushies! To all those who snapped up our cute plushies – a big THANK YOU! … Read More »
Save the Date for Singapore’s first-ever NIGHT Pink Dot 2012!
Singapore, April 6, 2012 – On June 30, 2012, Singaporeans will, for the fourth year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love, regardless their sexual orientation.
This year, organisers have planned something extra special – Pink Dot 2012 will take place at sunset, for the first time in its history culminating in the formation of a pink dot of shimmering torches, light sticks and glowing mobile phones, in the first hours of darkness.
“Having a Pink Dot formed at night makes for a dramatic message of inclusivity and acceptance – a celebration of unity in diversity that emphasises our shared belief in the Freedom to Love, “ said Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa.
Pink Dot 2012 is also … Read More »
Pink Dot is back for 2012!
Last year, over 10,000 Singaporeans and PRs stood for the freedom to love, and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. This year, Pink Dot is made a little extra special – find out more this Easter weekend!
We will be premiering our Pink Dot 2012 Launch Video at the following parties, say hi!
Thursday 5 April
TwoQueens, Blushing Bunny Party @ PLAY
Friday 6 April
Saturday 7 April
MisMatch9, Spring Fling @ Butter Factory
Sunday 8 April
Can you guess which Celebrity Ambassadors are making a stand for Pink Dot this year?
PINK DOT PLUSHIES
This little plushie charmed our socks off when it appeared in the Pink Dot 2011 video. Now you can take home a little piece of Pink Dot at its cutest and cuddliest. Proceeds will go towards fundraising for Pink Dot 2012. … Read More »