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SINGAPORE, 08 June 2011 – Pink Dot SG today announced Google Singapore is supporting Pink Dot 2011 on 18 June 2011. On this day, Singaporeans will, for the third 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.

Pink Dot 2011 marks the first time that such an international company has publicly supported Pink Dot and its values. Google Singapore has pledged sponsorship to the event, highlights of which will include a concert with comedic trio Dim Sum Dollies, Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan, Jill Marie Thomas and dance group Voguelicious.

“We are heartened and very humbled that international players such as Google Singapore are making a clear stand on embracing diversity through their support of Pink Dot 2011. Many in Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community feel they are unable to be open about their sexuality for fear of discrimination and prejudice. Google Singapore’s support of Pink Dot 2011 and its inclusive values is an important step in promoting a non-discriminatory environment and improving the lives of the Singapore’s LGBT community”, says Pink Dot spokesperson Rebecca Ling.

Organised by a pool of Singaporean volunteers, Pink Dot campaigns for diversity, inclusiveness, and aims to foster understanding for the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation.

Google Singapore’s support of Pink Dot 2011 follows prior contributions by Asia’s largest gay and lesbian network, Fridae.com, which provided funds as well as donated manpower to support the events’ branding, website and other related components, since Pink Dot’s inception in 2009.

Supporting events like Pink Dot 2011 are reflective of the Google Singapore’s efforts to create a workplace that embraces diversity and offers equal treatment of all staff, regardless of race, religion and sexual orientation. Google’s LGBT staff, known as Gayglers, regularly organise events and talks to promote awareness and discussion of LGBT issues within the company.

“As a company, we are passionate about diversity and inclusivity at the workplace regardless of race, religion and sexual orientation. Supporting Pink Dot 2011 demonstrates our commitment to these inclusive values. We are proud to be the first international company to officially support Pink Dot 2011 and hope that more will publicly support the development of an open, diverse and inclusive work environment”, said Ann Lavin, Google Southeast Asia’s Head of Policy & Government Affairs.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Congrats! Pink Dot.

  2. so if an international company is sponsoring the event, does that mean international citizens can turn up too? i'd love to come and support my gay friends but i don't want to be arrested on the basis of the colour of my passport.

  3. It is still Google Singapore. Thomas, you can come as a visitor/tourist.

  4. yea thomas.if u enter singapore legally of cos u can come.tho is tis event is for singapore,but its open to public.

  5. I hate HAY WIRED SEXUAL ORIENTED monster..

  6. I am totally and utterly disappointed that Google decided to support and sponsor this event. It is disgusting to see same sex displaying affection in public. They have the freedom to love, yes, but please do it privately. I do not want my child growing up thinking same sex relationship is a healthy and morally correct choice, path in life.

  7. Then keep your child at home.

  8. đúng neu ko muon con ban bj nhiễm "đạo đức" ko lành manh như ban nói.hãy "jữ trẻ o nhà" plzzz

  9. Hy ..as part of my school project ,I have decided to design a homosexual (gay / lesbian) nightclub in singapore .Is it allowed in singapore as an international student i am not aware of singaporean laws .Will such a club be allowed.Your response and time will be appreciated.
    Thank you

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”