Sunday, May 27, 2012

We have moved on to a brighter, better home!



We have moved on to a brighter, better home, at pinkdot.sg. Come on over for the latest news, updates, and all things Pink Dot!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PinkDot FAQ for Our Foreign Friends!


PinkDot appreciates all feedback from our friends and supporters, and we are aware of the concerns
raised – especially with regards to the participation of foreigners at PinkDot 2012. As we come closer
to our highly anticipated event (and working very hard to make it the best one yet), we thought it
would be useful to highlight some of the questions that have been raised:

Q: I have read online that only Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to participate, is that true?

A: Hong Lim Park is an area that has been designated by the Singapore government to be the venue
for the Speakers Corner, the only venue in Singapore in which people can demonstrate, hold exhibitions and speak freely on most topics. The Speakers Corner, however, is still governed by a set of rules and regulations.

Under the administrative categories listed within the terms and conditions of usage for the Speakers
Corner, the formation of the human pink dot is classified as a ‘demonstration’. As such, venue rules
stipulate:

“Only citizens and permanent residents of Singapore take part in the demonstration and the
organiser must not allow any person who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of
Singapore to take part in the demonstration”.

As such, organisers of PinkDot are unable to allow non-Singaporeans and non-Permanent Residents to
be within the dot formation when time comes for it. They are, however, invited to watch the formation
from a designated observation area. Nonetheless, as Hong Lim Park is a public space, everyone including foreigners is free to come for a picnic and enjoy the concert.



Q: But it doesn’t seem like foreigners were just “watching and observing” based on what I have seen
from the YouTube videos and pictures last year. Why is that so?

A: Citizenship and permanent residency can transcend race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We would like to think that Singapore is truly a multi-racial and multi-cultural society – including its own fair share of other racial groups. Let us not try to make local-versus-foreigner assumptions simply based on appearances.



Q: Can the organisers try to ask for allowance from the park so that foreigners are able to participate
just for a few minutes? The freedom to love should be extended to foreigners living in Singapore too!

A: We would very much like to do that because we do think it’s a really great idea. However, we also
appreciate that a situation like this is very complex, and many factors will have to be taken into account.
That said, we are continuing to work with relevant authorities to work out a viable solution – however,
as with many social movements past and present, it may take a while for our efforts to bear fruit.
Nonetheless, we take this very seriously and value all your support. To give a little background to our
current situation, you may wish to read these insightful pieces:

1. A Pink Dot in a Sea of Rights Abuses

2. Chee Soon Juan, Freedom of Assembly and Pink Dot

In addition, while we welcome efforts to champion the freedom of public assembly, PinkDot sees its
contribution to Singapore primarily as a movement focused on championing the cause of inclusiveness
and diversity through celebrating the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation.



We hope that our foreign supporters understand our position on this, and continue to support us in other
ways in order to further spread our message of equality and inclusivity to their own communities.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We had a blast at PinkDot Launch Weekend!


What better way to spend the long Good Friday and Easter weekend than to spread some love? This was exactly what our ambassadors Sharon Au, Lim Yu-Beng and Kumar did - touring the various clubs over the weekend to share their support for the freedom to love.

It was a rollickin' four nights at Play, Taboo, Butter Factory and Avalon for the ambassadors as they mingled with club-goers and shared their reasons for supporting PinkDot 2012. The clubs were packed with clubbers and supporters who welcomed the news of the new sunset event, culminating in the formation of the first-ever Night Pink Dot.

After the launch of the PinkDot Ambassadors' Video 2012, Sharon, Yu-Beng, and Kumar hosted quizzes to give away some cuddly PinkDot plushies! To all those who snapped up our cute plushies - a big THANK YOU! All proceeds will go towards funding PinkDot.

The PinkDot team would like to thank all those who have made this launch weekend a blast and a success. We had fun, and we certainly hope you did too!

Don’t forget to save the date – 30 June 2012, 6pm at Hong Lim Park. See you there with your pink lights!








Thursday, April 5, 2012

Save the Date!


Save the Date for Singapore’s first-ever
NIGHT Pink Dot 2012!




Singapore, April 6, 2012 – On June 30, 2012, Singaporeans will, for the fourth year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love, regardless their sexual orientation.
This year, organisers have planned something extra special – Pink Dot 2012 will take place at sunset, for the first time in its history culminating in the formation of a pink dot of shimmering torches, light sticks and glowing mobile phones, in the first hours of darkness.
“Having a Pink Dot formed at night makes for a dramatic message of inclusivity and acceptance – a celebration of unity in diversity that emphasises our shared belief in the Freedom to Love, “ said Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa.

Pink Dot 2012 is also proud to announce its Ambassadors, personalities who need no further introduction – actor-comedian-diva extraordinaire Kumar, former actress and City Beat host Sharon Au, and multi-talented actor Lim Yu-Beng, in a special announcement video that will be unveiled tonight.

The inaugural Pink Dot event in 2009, saw 2,500 people in attendance. In 2010, this figure nearly doubled to 4,000, while Pink Dot 2011 saw its largest turnout yet – more than 10,000 people thronged Hong Lim Park in a strong show of support.

So please, SAVE THE DATE: 

WHAT: PINK DOT 2012 
WHERE: Hong Lim Park
 
WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2012
 
WHAT TO BRING: Pink lights!
WHAT TO WEAR: Of course, PINK!
 
TIMINGS: Activities commence 5.30pm, Concert begins at 6.30pm, Dot is formed at 7.30pm, or when it is sufficiently dark

*Please note: According to the park's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at the events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and observe.


Monday, April 2, 2012

PinkDot Launch Weekend


PinkDot is back for 2012!

Last year, over 10,000 Singaporeans and PRs stood for the freedom to love, and be loved, regardless of one's sexual orientation. This year, Pink Dot is made a little extra special - find out more this Easter weekend!

We will be premiering our PinkDot 2012 Launch Video at the following parties, say hi!

Thursday 5 April
TwoQueens, Blushing Bunny Party @ PLAY

Friday 6 April
Play
Taboo

Saturday 7 April
MisMatch9, Spring Fling @ Butter Factory

Sunday 8 April
Avalon

Can you guess which Celebrity Ambassadors are making a stand for Pink Dot this year? :)


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PINKDOT PLUSHIES



This little plushie charmed our socks off when it appeared in the Pink Dot 2011 video. Now you can take home a little piece of Pink Dot at its cutest and cuddliest. Proceeds will go towards fundraising for Pink Dot 2012. Help us make Singapore a more open and inclusive society one Pink Dot at a time. Give it to a friend, a colleague, a family member, or heck, even a stranger. Spread the love. Pass on the message that everyone should have the right to love, and be loved.




Big Pinkie (60cm) - $68;
Medium Pinkie (30cm) - $38;
Baby Pinkie (5cm keychain) - $8.



Pinkie Plushies will be at the following shops from 5 April:

Hide and Seek
71 Bussorah St
Tel: 6296 2036

ActuallyActually
16 Purvis Street, #02-01
Tel: 6336 7002


ActuallyShop.com (online; international orders welcome)
http://www.actuallyshop.com/pinkdot



VERY Wooonderland
B3-12 ION Orchard
Tel: 6738 0002



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pink Dot is in Today!

Read it here. Happy National Day, Singapore! We love you!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

We're in Life!, The Straits Times today!



Life! Straits Times

A different breed of sponsors

Clarissa Oon, 23 June 2011

(c) 2011 Singapore Press Holdings Limited

Controversial groups here get funding support from companies Google and Man Investments


The Singapore branch of global Internet giant Google has lent its name to the annual Pink Dot gathering at Speaker's Corner.


Citing its commitment to diversity as an employer, Google Singapore approached the event, organised by the three-year-old pro-gay movement, and sponsored its concert at Hong Lim Park last Saturday.


Pink Dot organises a registered gathering at the park once a year and invites all Singaporeans who support the freedom to love regardless of sexual orientation.


The Google-Pink Dot tie-up comes after international fund manager Man Investments said it would underwrite an outspoken theatre festival produced by Wild Rice, which had its funding cut by the National Arts Council for disparaging the Government and doing counter- cultural plays.


Man is a high-profile arts sponsor which lends its name to the Man Booker Prize, a prestigious international literary award. Wild Rice's festival, which runs from Aug 3 to 21, will now be known as the Man Singapore Theatre Festival.


While both Google and Man say they are not out to make a political statement, arts and civil society insiders Life! spoke to see them as a new type of unconventional corporate sponsor which takes its cue from cosmopolitan young consumers and their 'causes' rather than an official government line.

Both companies decline to reveal the value of their sponsorship.


Google's head of policy for South-east Asia Ann Lavin says it supports Pink Dot's message as 'an equal opportunity employer' which 'does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, colour, religion, gender (or) sexual orientation'.


Mr Tim Peach, Man's executive director and head of sales for South-east Asia, says that when it signed on as sponsor for Wild Rice, it was not aware of the cut to its government funding. 'But from our point of view, it was immaterial,' he adds.


The theatre company has a history of producing irreverent political satire and gay-themed plays.

The deal with Man has saved its Singapore Theatre Festival, which was in danger of being canned after the previous title sponsor, OCBC Bank, pulled out and National Arts Council cut its annual grant for the second year in a row. OCBC continues to sponsor the rest of Wild Rice's season.


The theatre company got $110,000 this year from the council, down from $170,000 last year. The council said two years ago it would not fund projects 'which are incompatible with the core values promoted by the Government and society or disparage the Government'.


Mr Peach says Man was drawn to Wild Rice's popular festival, now in its third instalment, because it was 'sustainable' and 'not a flash in the pan'.


'We're not trying to make a political statement. We're an investment organisation which likes to sponsor the arts, and the arts can sometimes be controversial.'


He adds that Man 'doesn't mind being controversial' as it has built its business on 'challenging conventional wisdom of investment management'. He thinks the role of the arts is to 'illuminate', which can mean 'challenging conventional wisdom, and those watching can draw their own conclusions'.


Nominated Member of Parliament for the arts Audrey Wong says such unconventional tie-ups are the exception rather than the rule, as big-time sponsors still fight shy of controversy. But partnerships such as the one between Google and Pink Dot are 'inevitable because we're so open to the world now, particularly with the influx of foreign talent in our midst'.


Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts academic Venka Purushothaman thinks that for some global companies, corporate sponsorship is giving way to 'cause marketing umbrella-ed by corporate social responsibility'.


This is to reach a huge and borderless youth market, which is 'confident, connected, articulate and often clad with a newfound idealism about how they want to shape their environment'. Corporates take their cue from these consumers 'rather than the state today', he adds.


This is good news for independent- minded local arts groups who feel that they are 'held ransom by state funds', says sociologist Terence Chong of the Institute of South-east Asian Studies.

If such alternative sponsorship becomes a trend, the Singapore Government may have to rethink its current strategy of regulating the arts through funding.


'Because the state continues to be the biggest and most important arts funder, it still wields great influence over arts content. If arts groups can tap into global capital, then such a strategy may lose its relevance,' says Dr Chong.


clare@sph.com.sg

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'We're not trying to make a political statement. We're an investment organisation which likes to sponsor the arts, and the arts can sometimes be controversial'

Mr Tim Peach, Man's executive director and head of sales for South-east Asia


Sunday, June 19, 2011

THANK YOU !

We love Singapore!

Glad so many of you had a wonderful time yesterday. Here's our video highlighting some of the best moments from Pink Dot 2011. Thank you for making this happen. Thank you for standing up for a more open and loving Singapore. Till a bigger and better Pink Dot next year!



* We've gotten some feedback about the balloon-releasing that happened this year - thank you. We'll take extra care to remind everyone that balloons are not to be released during future Pink Dots.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Over 10,000 supporters of the Freedom to Love turn Hong Lim Park Pink, for Pink Dot 2011




Singapore, June 18, 2011 – Over 10,000 pink-attired Singaporeans turned Hong Lim Park into a sea of pink, where they gathered – for the third year running - to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. This breaks Pink Dot 2010’s previous record for the largest public gathering ever seen at the Speakers’ Corner since its opening in 2000, and is more than twice the number of people who turned up last year.

This milestone event is organised by a group of local volunteers and aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. Pink Dot 2011 aims to re-affirm the movement’s credo, Supporting the Freedom to Love, by encouraging Singaporeans to speak up for their LGBT friends and relatives. This peaceful event was attended by both straight and gay Singaporeans and permanent residents, many who came with their family members.

Pink Dot co-spokesperson Paerin Choa said: “There are few words that can fully describe what we are feeling right now. To have this many people celebrating this event with us is a truly humbling experience, and we are greatly touched by this show of solidarity and support from Singaporeans.

“One of Pink Dot’s primary aims is to engender an appreciation of Singapore’s diversity – regardless of race, language, religion, and sexual orientation, we are all Singaporeans. We have come some ways in encouraging inclusivity and acceptance of all segments of society, and we hope that more continue to join us in helping to fulfil this aim.”

In 2009, the inaugural Pink Dot, held at the same venue, saw 2,500 people in attendance. In 2010, this figure nearly doubled, to 4,000.

This event was the culmination of an intensive month-long outreach – a key highlight of which was Pink Dot’s official Campaign Video, directed by acclaimed local director Boo Junfeng. Tugging the heartstrings of viewers, it generated an astounding 200,000 hits in the four short weeks since it was first uploaded to YouTube.

Pink Dot Sg has also motivated similar movements overseas, with cities such as New York, London, Montreal, even as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, organising their own local editions of Pink Dot.

And finally, international giant Google Singapore has also thrown its considerable weight behind the Freedom to Love as a supporter, reflecting its own policies of equality and inclusivity.

The event began with a picnic with representatives from over a dozen community groups, including Pelangi Pride Centre, OogaChaga, Young Out Here and SinQSA, turning out in large numbers to mingle with the crowd. Subsequently, audiences were treated to the inaugural Pink Dot Concert, hosted by Pink Dot 2011 Ambassadors, the Dim Sum Dollies, comprising Selena Tan, Emma Yong and Pamela Oei. Performers included Sebastian Tan as Broadway Beng, Dave Tan from Electrico, Michaela Therese, Jill Marie Thomas, dance group Voguelicious and performer Rima S. The forming of Pink Dot took place at 6pm.

Pink Dot co-spokesperson, Rebecca Ling, said: “We are greatly heartened by this year’s turn-out, and it reaffirms our belief that we can make Singapore into a more loving home for all of us. Such immense support from over 10,000 people today is a clear and strong testament to the growing acceptance and awareness among Singaporeans of the LGBT community. Pink Dot 2011 was a milestone in many ways, and we look forward to setting even more milestones in years to come.”




Friday, June 17, 2011