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.
No. Under changes to the Public Order Act (in November 2016), ONLY Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are permitted to assemble at the Speakers’ Corner. In previous Pink Dot events before the amendments to the law, foreigners were allowed to observe but not participate.
As organisers, we were reminded by the Singapore Police Force that with these changes, the law no longer distinguishes between participants and observers, and regards anyone who turns up to the Speakers’ Corner in support of an event to be part of an assembly. In order to continue using Speakers’ Corner, Pink Dot 2017 organisers have no choice but to adhere to this regulation, as organisers and foreigners caught flouting this rule are liable to be prosecuted.
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Regrettably, not our rules. Amidst a year full of challenges, we have to make Pink Dot shine even brighter this year and we seek your understanding and continued support. Here’s our earlier announcement to give you more details.
This event is open to all ages. Children understand love, don’t they?
If you haven’t heard about the format changes to Pink Dot 2017, here’s an easy read to bring you up to speed.
Please refer to the following for details.
As the event will be barricaded for security reasons, there will be safety limit to the number of people inside. Do come early (doors open from 3pm) to avoid disappointment!
If you are transgender, gender non-conforming, coming in drag or are concerned that your appearance does not match your photo ID, our security officers have been briefed to handle this sensitively and appropriately. Otherwise, please approach one of our friendly volunteers for assistance.
First launched in March 2017, Red Dot for Pink Dot is a campaign to gather local companies to show their support for Pink Dot. Led by Darius Cheung, CEO of 99.co, the initiative was 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. In 2017, 120 local companies stepped forward to support Pink Dot, exceeding the initial goal to have 100 Singaporean-owned companies come onboard as sponsors.
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.
It is NOT a protest. It is a congregation of people who believe that everyone deserves a right to love, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Fear and bigotry can get in the way of love—between friends, family and other loved ones—so this is an event for everyone who believes that LGBT individuals are equally deserving of strong relationships with our family and friends.
As gay as any event can get at Hong Lim Park. The gathering is a show of support for those who believe in openness and love between people, regardless of their sexual orientation. Anyone can attend—straight and gay.
You don’t have to, but if you’re going to come down to show your support, you might as well go all the way!
Many LGBT Singaporeans around you are not easy to identify. They may be amongst your sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, colleagues and bosses, teachers and schoolmates.
Though more LGBT individuals are slowly emerging into the mainstream, prejudice and bigotry in present societal attitudes keep many LGBT individuals from coming out of the closet. Many of them fear that in coming out, they might lose their family, friends and even their jobs. Yet, by not coming out, their lives are shrouded in secrecy.
We believe that relationships should be built on love, not fear and secrecy. Unfortunately, most LGBT individuals in Singapore are denied this basic freedom to be who they are in front of their loved ones.
Your presence at the PinkDot event can change that. The gathering at Hong Lim Park may be a small gesture, but it goes a long way.
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.
This is a pro-family event. LGBT individuals have got families too! However, familial relationships often get compromised due to a lack of understanding.
Through this event, we hope to get people thinking about the issues commonly faced by the LGBT community, both inside and outside of their families—issues that many Singaporeans take for granted.
We believe that an event like this can play an important part in promoting understanding and unity amongst family and friends.
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.
Join our Facebook group to get the latest updates about the event as well as volunteering.