Pink Dot is the name of the organising group. It references the term, Red Dot, which is often used to describe Singapore.
Pink, instead of red, because it is the colour often associated with LGBT (think: pink dollar and pink feather boas) but more importantly, it is the colour of our national identity cards and it is what you get when you mix the colours of our national flag.
Yes, of course! We have registered for the event and we shall strive to conduct ourselves appropriately, as set out in National Parks’ terms and conditions.
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.
However, ONLY Singapore citizens and permanent residents are permitted to hold and raise placards during the demonstration segment of the day’s event.
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In 2016, the government announced that regulations governing Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park – the only space in Singapore where Pink Dot can be held – have been changed.
Foreign-owned companies including Singapore-incorporated subsidiaries of multinationals are now not allowed to sponsor events held at the Speakers’ Corner without a permit. The government reiterated that the rules are in line with existing regulations that foreign individuals are not allowed to organise or participate in demonstrations at Speakers' Corner.
At the same time, it was announced that Singapore entities, such as local companies and non-governmental organisations, can support and sponsor events at Speakers' Corner, without the need for a permit.
Launched in March 2017, Red Dot for Pink Dot is a campaign to gather local companies to show their support for Pink Dot. It is spearheaded by Darius Cheung, CEO of 99.co, who believes that diversity and inclusiveness are values that Singapore companies would support.
The goal of the campaign is to have 100 Singaporean-owned companies come onboard as sponsors. The initiative is in response to the government announcing in 2016 that following an amendment of rules pertaining to Speakers' Corner foreign-owned companies will not be allowed to sponsor events held at Speakers’ Corner without a permit.
The government also clarified that Singapore-owned entities can sponsor and/or promote events held at Speakers' Corner. This is to “reinforce the key principle” that the Speakers’ Corner was set up primarily for Singaporeans, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs
We love Singapore. This is our home and we believe that diversity is a cornerstone to our civil society.
Like it or not, LGBT individuals exist. We are aware that many people harbour much hatred towards the LGBT community. That is why such events are important. It serves to foster understanding, and through that, there is hope for trust and social cohesion.
Bring your family and friends to the event and show your support! You can also volunteer on the day to help set up for the event, assist with crowd control, among many other roles.
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