Singapore, 12 June 2021 – Pink Dot 13 kicks off Pride month with a show of hope, solidarity and love for all LGBTQ Singaporeans and their allies. Organisers have soldiered on, despite the existing challenges of a worldwide pandemic and the implementation of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures, to produce a livestream and the formation of the movement’s second digital pink dot.
Hosted by actress Pam Oei and Harris Zaidi, the livestream featured a brand new chat show segment where guests discussed issues important to the LGBTQ community.
Pageant queen and LGBTQ activist, Andrea Razali shared her journey as a transgender woman in Singapore, winning Miss International Queen Singapore, and the importance of good allyship. Lawyer Remy Choo helped audiences understand the importance of the constitutional challenges to repeal Section 377A as well as his personal reasons for taking up this mantle.
Brand new animations with a focus on LGBTQ families made their debut on the livestream, and collaborations with Rough Cuts Productions and Our Grandfather Story, showcased conversations between LGBTQ activists across different generations and a father’s acceptance and love for his daughter, respectively.
Between the different segments, audiences were treated to the musical stylings of Joshua Simon, Qyo, aeriqah & RENE, Charlie Lim, NeoKELELims, and The Apex Project. Singapore’s Top LGBTQ Ally, Preetipls, also entertained with a lighthearted take on the ABCs of activism in Singapore via a special Pink Dot episode of Nobody Asked.
A crowd favourite, the music video by Singapura Queens, returned bigger and better this year, complete with unmistakably Singaporean locales, a giant banana leaf platter and a computer-generated ‘HDB playground’ dragon.
The evening culminated with the much-awaited reveal of a digital map of Singapore, illuminated by a sea of over 15,000 pink dots, each carrying a message of support and encouragement for the LGBTQ community.
The Pink Dot organisers encourage all Singaporeans to participate in their mission to raise awareness on LGBTQ issues that persist in this country and be counted as a visible confluence of support for the LGBTQ community in Singapore.
“Discrimination is discrimination – whether it comes in the form of homophobic behaviour or outdated laws and policies,” said Pink Dot Spokesperson, Clement Tan. “Minority groups have to speak louder, fight harder, and stand firmer, just to be treated the same as everyone else. It gives me hope that our allies continue to stand with us and speak out against homophobia, racism, and other inequalities. We’ll keep leading the way towards a more progressive Singapore”
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