Hong Lim Park is an area that has been designated by the Singapore government to be the venue for the Speakers Corner, the only venue in Singapore where people can demonstrate, hold exhibitions and speak freely on most topics.

The Speakers Corner, however, is governed by a set of rules and regulations. As such, ONLY Singapore citizens and permanent residents are permitted to hold and raise placards during the demonstration segment of the day’s event.

Foreigners holding or raising placards during the demonstration will be breaching Rule 8(b) of the Speakers’ Corner regulations, thereby putting themselves and the organizers of the event at risk of prosecution. Placard holders are also reminded that Rules 8(c) and 8(e) also prohibit messages on the topics of race and religion; or include violent and obscene material.

Yes however we strongly encourage participants to use the Pink Dot placards.

Should you prefer to bring your own, please note that ONLY Singapore citizens and permanent residents are permitted to hold and raise placards during the demonstration segment of the day’s event, according to Rule 8(b) of the Speakers’ Corner regulations.

Placard holders are also reminded that Rules 8(c) and 8(e) also prohibit messages on the topics of race and religion; or include violent and obscene material.

As Hong Lim Park is a public space, everyone including foreigners are free to come for a picnic, check out the community tent and enjoy the concert.

Singapore citizens and permanent residents are required show their Singapore identity card (IC) for a visual check when collecting their placards at one of several collection booths located around Hong Lim Park from 3pm on event day.

Personal details will NOT be recorded by Pink Dot organisers/volunteers.

We would very much like to do that because we do think it’s a really great idea. However, there are regulations already in place, and many factors will have to be taken into account.

To give a little background to our current situation, you may wish to read these insightful pieces:

  1. A Pink Dot in a Sea of Rights Abuses
  2. Freedom of Assembly and Pink Dot

In addition, while we welcome efforts to champion the freedom of public assembly, Pink Dot sees its contribution to Singapore primarily as a movement focused on championing the cause of inclusiveness and diversity through celebrating the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation.

We hope that our foreign supporters understand our position on this, and continue to support us in other ways in order to further spread our message of equality and inclusivity to their own communities.

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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.”