Pink Dot 2014 Ambassador Speech – Brendon Fernandez
Hello Pink Dot! I’ve got a speech to make, and only a few minutes. But first, and you’re gonna laugh, but this is important! First, let me take a selfie!
Ok everybody get in!
Let me tell you why! It’s for my cousin Su May, in London. Su May is lesbian. And she’s thrilled that we’re here today, supporting her freedom to love!
Back in 2009, I sent her pictures of the first Pink Dot.
I believed then, as I believe now, that LGBT people deserve the same love and respect as everyone else.
But, before Pink Dot, I did not believe that Singapore was ready to discuss LGBT rights. I did not believe it, because that is the message I had heard from our politicians, from our legal system, from our media. I was told that Singapore was a conservative, Asian society. And conservative Asian societies are not supposed to be able to deal with LGBT.
But then, in 2009, Pink Dot was started, right here! And it was started by people from Singapore! Thousands of people from this supposedly conservative, Asian, kiasu, kiasee society stood up to be counted! And to affirm our LGBT members. Because we shared a belief: That love is a universal human right. You know, I don’t think I have ever been so proud of my country! Pink Dot, you make me proud to be Singaporean!
My cousin Su May told me she was proud of us, her LGBT-friendly cousins and allies, for making Singapore a more diverse, inclusive place.
So that’s why I’m here today. I’m here for my family. I want to make sure that when my cousin Su May, and her partner, and their baby daughter, my niece, next come to visit, Singapore will be ready to welcome them as the beautiful young family they are!
We’ve heard a lot about families recently. In the press. Some of it from people who say that families need defending from people like us. You know, as I look around at all our families gathered here today, in support of each other, and in love, I have to say that I don’t think our families need defending. I think they need celebrating! What do you say Pink Dot?