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Singapore, 18 June 2022 – Thousands showed up at Hong Lim Park, as Pink Dot returned after two years of online editions. The rally culminated in the formation of a pink dot spelling the word “Majulah”, inspired by Singapore’s national anthem.
“Majulah is a call for all of us to make haste and take material steps towards a more inclusive Singapore. From the messages written today to the recent Ipsos survey signalling growing support for LGBTQ+ equality, it is clear that Singaporeans are no longer content with the status quo.” said Pink Dot SG spokesperson Clement Tan. “This is especially so for our youth, who have come in droves to not only stand with us, but to also speak out about the kind of future they want.”
Four community speakers took to the soapbox to call for change: Kokila Annamalai, community organiser and co-founder of the Transformative Justice Collective; Remy Choo, Ready4Repeal committee member and one of the lawyers from the 377A constitutional challenge; Shan Menon, Lead Volunteer at The T Project; and Zuby Eusofe, Founder of the Healing Circle SG, a safe space founded for queer Muslims.
“This is the change I want to see: a society that values the lives of minorities like us, that supports us and helps us thrive, not one that fails us by shunning us,” said Shan Menon. “This isn’t a problem that is going away without change from all of us.”
On Section 377A, Remy Choo said: “Discrimination did not begin with this one law, and it will not end with repeal. Unless we continue to fight it, discrimination against queer people will continue in the media, in our schools, in housing policy, in our own communities against racial minorities, and against those amongst us living with the stigma of HIV. If S377A is repealed, it’s the beginning of a long road to equality, not the end.”
Participants were prompted to write down changes they want to see on placards. For the first time, they were then invited to pose with the placards, and to write heartfelt words about the change they want in Singapore on the back of the physical photographs. These pictures were then posted into makeshift mailboxes categorised by GRCs or SMCs. Organisers will deliver these pictures to the respective constituencies in the coming days.
To extend the conversation about LGBTQ+ issues beyond the month of June, placards from Pink Dot 14 will be repurposed through Words of Change, an artistic collaboration project with creative agency Virtue Worldwide.
The project invites artists to transform the placards into individual works of art that extend the conversation about LGBTQ+ issues beyond the month of June. These works will be displayed at local businesses across the island.
Pink Dot 14 thanks all partners and sponsors for their support. The Community Tent, an annual Pink Dot fixture, hosted 24 organisations who have been critical pillars of support for the community over the pandemic. The Red Dot For Pink Dot initiative also saw strong support from local businesses, with 78 corporate sponsors and 55 individual sponsors.