Pink Dot 2013
In country that criminalizes consensual sex between two adult men, Singapore is amazing to have seen not one, not two, but five Pink Dot events in Singapore Chinatown.
Organised as an event to support the freedom to love, Pink Dot help raise among other issues the strange situation that consensual sex between two adult men can result in up to two years jail if the authorities choose to enforce the law.
After the Penal Code review in 2007, heterosexual and lesbian couples were finally able to indulge in oral and anal sex but not for gay men.
With so many problems facing Singapore, the government would have more important things to do than worry about who is having sex with whom. Although the government has mentioned it will not enforce the law, it does not mean it never will. And if they do not wish to enforce it, then why have the law to begin with?
The discrimination against gays seems to be a pet subject of fundamentalist Christians who had taken over organisation they felt was too gay friendly, spread claims of a gay agenda and attempts to “cure” gay men.
The fundamentalist Christians seem to see sexual orientation as similar to religion; just convert from a whatever to a Christian, and from gay to striaght.
This is on top of their busy agenda performing death bed conversion against the will of the dying, harassing patients in hospitals, old folk’s home and hospices, telling cancer patients they will not recover unless they accept Christ, and insulting other religions in order to convert them to Christianity.
The rise of Pink Dot
Against this backdrop of organised hate and discrimination, Pink Dot began life in 2009 as a 2500 pax size dot and grew from year to year. This year, 21, 000 participants came together to form the largest Pink Dot in its history and one that surpasses its record every year.
People are coming together to support the right to love. More importantly, it reaches out to those who are coming to terms with themselves. As one of the VIP said, suicide among gay teens is particularly high so the event offers teens in danger a message of unconditional social love and acceptance.
As the fifth Pink Dot appears and shines bright, discrimination against the gays continue to be a reality. Meanwhile, events such as the closure and apology from Exodus International as well as the DOMA can only give hope that things will change and hopefully soon because we only have one life to live.
Social evolution in action
Maybe this is a form of social evolution. The intellectually endowed and socially enlightened few will free the ignorant mass from prisons of hatred and ignorance.
For those who prefer self-help, if your god hates you for being gay, sack your god. There are many other gods who will love you unconditionally and even help you find love. Try the Gay Rabbit God for a start.
Looking forward to Pink Dot 2014.