Come 15 May 2010, Singaporeans are invited to celebrate the Freedom to Love with Pink Dot once again.
This year, Pink Dot honours kinship and family – in support and in recognition of our parents, siblings, relatives and friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Singaporeans.
Growing up gay is never easy. But it is through the unconditional love, support and understanding of family members and friends that they are able to pull through; with the care, kindness and concern that sustains over periods of anxiety and hardship.
We believe that everyone inherently wants to feel accepted – like they belong.
This is why family values matter greatly to Pink Dot.
Beyond the emotional and psychological well-being that strong familial ties can provide, family values also go towards affirming who we are as a community and as a nation: cohesive and compassionate.
Yet, every family is different. No two grandparents, parents, children, siblings, uncles, aunties, etc, can be exactly the same.
We relate to everyone differently precisely because we recognise and appreciate, quite naturally, that every person is unique.
So what happens when “sexual orientation” is a trait that makes a loved one unique? Will you continue to love your gay parent, child, grandchild, sibling, cousin, nephew or niece unconditionally?
The Pink Dot Organising Committee