If, like me, you are passionate about gay rights and live in Singapore, this weekend offers one of your very few chances to express yourself.
PinkDot SG is Saturday, June 18th from 5pm onwards (get there by 4) at Hong Lim Park by Speaker’s Corner.
Watch the video…it came very close to moving me to tears.
Ang Moh’s like us are welcome to come and show our support, but are not allowed to participate in the formation of the Pink Dot, as that can be seen as a political act, and we are prohibited from doing so. Crossing that line could cause trouble for ourselves and for the organization we’re trying to support.
Hong Lim Park is a public space, accessible by all (locals and foreigners) as are most (if not all) of our public parks in Singapore. It is not reasonable for one visitor to a public park to screen another, demanding proof of citizenship status in the process. We’ve thus asked relevant authorities to clarify what they mean by “participation”, and we’ve been told (through verbal communications) to manage portions of our event that require people to act or respond on our instructions.
We note that the only portion of our event that requires audience participation, so to speak, is where we request for people to join us in forming a large human Pink Dot. All other activities around the park do not require audiences to act on our instructions, and so, they are open to both locals and foreigners.
Therefore, long story short: Foreigners are welcome to come for a picnic, enjoy the concert and soak in the atmosphere at Pink Dot 2011.
However: During the human Pink Dot formation, we’d like to request for our foreign friends to help us honour local laws, and to watch the formation from an observation area in the park.
This is the third year that Pink Dot has happened. In 2009, it drew 2,500 people. Last year saw approximately 4,000. Let’s make it even bigger this year!
2011 also marks a turning point. For the first time ever, Pink Dot has a corporate sponsor…Google Singapore, who is sponsoring the concert that will be part of the event.
If, like us, you believe in gay rights, and want to share your support of love and acceptance for ALL, please do come. And if you have it, don’t forget to wear PINK.