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Singapore, 27 June 2020 – In the midst of a global pandemic, Pink Dot SG organisers reimagined and put forth a fully-digital event that called on Singaporeans to Light Up, Sign Up and Show Up for Pink Dot 12. Aligned with this year’s theme, Love Lives Here, organisers invited everyone to decorate their private homes and businesses with pink lights, leave messages of love and support on loveliveshere.pinkdot.sg, and tune in to a livestream that featured performances from local artistes and creatives, as well as stories of LGBTQ Singaporeans.
LGBTQ Singaporeans and allies delivered. Many people tuned into an online show and left messages of love and support to form Pink Dot’s first digital dot. Numerous participants spoke of significant isolation and stress experienced during the circuit breaker period. At the same time, we are touched and heartened by the outpouring of support from across the island. We want to thank everyone who stepped up to be counted as beacons of light and hope for those who need it.
“This year, our aim was to reach out to the vulnerable in our community. The response to our campaign has been nothing less than overwhelming. The digital light up has been a powerful statement of love and solidarity from people across Singapore to the LGBTQ community,” said Pink Dot SG Spokesperson, Paerin Choa.
The global pandemic has revealed how important community support is to LGBTQ individuals in Singapore. The fact that LGBTQ community groups are still unable to officially register themselves,means that we are unfairly hindered from being able to care for the more vulnerable members of our community.
“Pink Dot has a large following amongst youths in Singapore, and this audience is growing year after year”, said Pink Dot SG Spokesperson, Clement Tan. “LGBTQ youths in hostile home environments have been particularly affected during this pandemic, and they need to know that there are people in Singapore who love and support them. We are grateful for all of the support shown by allies this year, who are setting a great example of how a strong community is built on compassion, love and open-mindedness; not one divided by fear or ignorance.”
As Pink Dot SG organisers, we promise to continue to work towards advocating for the changes that we wish to see; continuing to do the work necessary to build a Singapore that is inclusive and equal for all Singaporeans.
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Relive the magic of the livestream over the coming week here:
Explore our first Digital Dot here: