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gay flagFlag of SingaporePink Dot 2009

 

 

pink dotSingapore Chinatown is unique in the world of Chinatowns in its diversity. Chinese Temples are located next to Mosques and Hindu Temples reflecting the multi-religious and multi-ethnic fabric of Singapore.  

This legacy of diversity has a new achievement with the Pink Dot event held at the Hong Lim Park.

pink dotAbout 2500 participants gathered to make a statement for their support of “diversity, equality and a symbol of Singapore’s more inclusive future”.

It was a colorful, cheerful and exciting event with people of all ages and backgrounds coming forward, in all shades of pink, to show their support.

There was no lack of diversity at the event; Chinese, Indians, Malays, and Caucasians; Singaporeans and foreign talents; young and old.  They were all there to make a statement so simple that it doesn’t require much intellect to comprehend: “The Freedom to LOVE!”

 

There were performances to entertain the participants and the programs reflect the diverse cultures of Singapore; Malay Tanjak Taulan, Kohinoor Bhangra, contemporary dances and traditional lion dance.

The highlight of the event was forming of a human Pink Dot. As the Pink Dot emerged, a few short speeches were made. The speeches were short and simple but at the same time touching and even emotional. One of the speakers shared how her gay friends left Singapore because of intolerance. Another believed that “no one needs to apologize to anyone for what they are”.


Speeches at the Pink Dot 

The Pink Dot was formed and the event ended but the pink dot would have its impact beyond the moment. Let’s hope the Pink Dot becomes an agent of change for people to overcome their fears and ignorance and to create a space that celebrates and accepts diversity.

No one should suffer or be discriminated because of who they are.

Looking forward to Pink Dot 2010.

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