Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pink Dot FAQ

Pink Dot hears thee. She responds to questions and comments!


Q: What is this Pink Dot?!
A: Pink Dot is the name of the organizing 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, we are a patriotic bunch!


Q: Is this event legit or legal?
A: 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. Who says we can’t behave and have fun at the same time!


Q: Is this a gay event?
A: 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.


Q: What are the admissions charges like?
A: Like love - the event is absolutely free-of-charge!


Q: Can I bring my parents, siblings, children and friends to the event?
A: Yes! Like you had to ask…


Q: Is this event suitable for children?
A: This event is open to all ages. Children understand love, don’t they?


Q: Are foreigners allowed to attend?
A: Foreigners are welcome to watch. However, for legal reasons, we are told that only Singaporeans and PRs can participate at events held at Hong Lim Park.


Q: I want to attend the event, but I can’t!
A: That’s a bummer. Encourage your family and friends to come though. By helping to make this event a success, you can be sure there will be more to come!


Q: Do I have to RSVP?
A: That’s not necessary, but if you sign up for the event on Facebook, we will be able to keep you updated with the latest.


Q: Are you affiliated with other LGBT groups?
A: We are a neutral group with no affiliations, supported by both LGBT and non-LGBT groups alike.


Q: What is expected of me at the event?
A: Just show up, mingle, have fun and smile for our cameras - an aerial photograph has been planned to commemorate this symbolic event. Bring water, food, family and friends. No littering, please.


Q: Do I really have to come dressed in pink?
A: 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!


Q: Is this event a protest?
A: It is NOT a protest – absolutely not. 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.


Q: But I am straight. Why should I go?
A: 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.


Q: Is this event aimed at stoking the flames of the recent debates, stemming from the AWARE issue?
A: It is not. This event was conceptualized back in October 2008, way before AWARE’s AGM.


Q: How do you think Singaporeans will take to such an event?
A: We honestly don’t know, but we are confident that most Singaporeans will agree that without love and understanding, we wouldn’t be the harmonious multicultural society that we are today.


Q: Who are the people behind this event?
A: Volunteers who believe that Singapore can be a better place if we all just exercise a bit more love and understanding.


Q: Singapore is a largely conservative country. How can you organize such an event?
A: 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.


Q: Does this event go against my pro-family beliefs?
A: 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.


Q: What can I do to help?
A: You can start by joining our Facebook group. Drop any of the admin users (including me) a message and we promise we will be in touch!

If you would like to volunteer at the event, drop us a note with your name and contact number!


Q: I want to be among the first to receive pictures and videos of the event!
A: Sure! Simply sign up for the event on Facebook and join the Facebook group. We will send updates to everyone on the list.

15 comments:

  1. so what if the singapore IC is pink? Can you guys not exploit it to further your own agenda?

    I have nothing against homosexuals, but please, there is always a limit to what can be done. Who are you guys to go against the nature of human creation.

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  2. So what if the Singapore I/C is pink? Does it give you guys/girls the right to exploit it to further your agenda of homosexuality loving?

    If you guys are lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgender and are continuing in your path, please just do it at your own time own target. Please do not even encourage others or worse, the next generation to even follow after your footsteps.

    Time for some re-consideration of your motives. Thanks.

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  3. I have a suggestion to extend this online. For people who wants to support the movement, and can't make it or are overseas.

    Snap a pix of themselves in pink, upload it to Flickr and tag it pinkdotsg. So at the end of the event, other than photos, the committee can also make a collage made up of pixels of all the photos.

    It think it'll look AWESOME!

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  4. If all is done in love and understanding, then there should be room for views differing from what you think, and I think very differently. I think Singaporeans have generally been tolerant, but to push the boundaries now is an overstep and sending a message of intolerance, ironically.

    Nothing against the person, just my personal view regarding the lifestyle.

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  5. Brian say...
    I feel using Pink for this campaign to relate to Singapore is undesirable. I don't like the way it is marketed.

    Having said that, I am not against LGBT individuals. But I feel that this has been overdone. I had stay in San Francisco for a year and Atlanta for another, and I had lots of LGBT friends, and I enjoy their accompany, views and ideas. Many of them are well-educated, intelligent and they are happy for who they are. They lead a low profile life which they enjoyed, and use the rainbow flag to identify among themselves and their community. I can't understand why Pink must be used here to relate strongly to Singapore? Why can't the international rainbow flag be used as a symbol for your campaign? I feel the used of Pink and the way the campaign is marketed is very misleading!

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  6. I applaud the organisers for putting together this event, and I don't think they are exploiting the 'pink' factor or that they have a private agenda.

    I mean, just flip through the papers of the past few days and you will realise that there have been much animosity, or even hatred between Singaporeans.

    I think pink dot is a great event for one and all to come together and celebrate our differences, inregardless of sexual orientation, religion or race.

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  7. Kudos for the organisers for putting this together!

    I believe that being a heterosexual is not a lifestyle choice. Neither do I believe that being a homosexual is a lifestyle choice.

    It is time to move away from discriminating, judging,fearing and hating other people just because they are different from you.

    I hope that young people who are in the closet, who feel powerless, shunned, laughed at and bullied for WHATEVER reason will have a glimmer of hope for OUR future - that we dare to believe that the people of Singapore can truly be one of justice and equality for all.

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  8. I think whoever how has thought of this pink dot concept is a genius! Will definitely be down this saturday to support!

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  9. kudos to Roy and the gang on one of the smartest civil society movements i've ever seen in singapore! so many things done well, from the web presence to the videos to the cute pink dot cartoons to the suggestions on what to wear, how to make our own pink dots, etc etc etc.

    this campaign is infused with smiles, fun and love - very uncontroversial, non-threatening and counter to the demonisation of freedom and equality for gay folks. I'm gonna be there on Saturday with my peeps and I'm sure it will be a blast!

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  10. I think it's great for any lobby group in the civil society to be able to stand up and raise awareness of their cause. LGBT people deserve a voice just like the impoverished and the religious groups and the families etc. What I have trouble understanding is: what specific discriminatory policies are you guys seeking to overturn? What is a tangible outcome you guys hope to achieve from this event?

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  11. I don't think it is about policies or laws here. It is about presenting a side of being gay that many Singaporeans don't see. Gay people and their families, their friends, their loved ones. I'm bringing my mum, brother and nieces tomorrow - people who love me for who I am. I don't see how this 'gay lifestyle' of mine is different from the family life the govt is trying to promote. If this is what they mean by a 'gay lifestyle', then i'm proud to be promoting it.

    Thank you Pink Dot!

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  12. Well done to the organisers. I extend my heartfelt thanks to you
    ...for opening the eyes of fellow Singaporeans that there are lots of LGBT members amongst the nation, just like everyone else
    ...for reassuring all the struggling LGBT people in Singapore that they're not the only ones around
    ...for reaching out to those in the closet and have yet to come to terms with their own sexual orientation

    There is already so much harted in the world, and we do not need anymore hatred towards love.

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  13. Before this event i thought i was the only one. Thank you pink dot.

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  14. The relationship of Pink to the LGBT community goes quite far back. For example, during the time of Hitler, homosexual men were forced to wear pink triangle badges at Nazi concentration camps. These days, the Pink Dollar another term for the purchasing power of the gay community (see wikipedia).
    Particular shades of pink has also been scientifically proven to soothe the beast within (people).

    The Singapore NRIC might be Pink, but I never thought that was the reason for using Pink for this Pink Dot event, as suggested by Angeline. I always thought it was coincidence that Singapore chose an accepted gay colour for its NRIC. In any case, the Singapore Flag is White and Red, which blends to Pink. Hence some slogans around the event which said Red + White = PINK. Right?

    Anyway, it would have been logistically tricky to get a RAINBOW dot together at Hong Lim Park. Pink Dot sounds so much more impactful. Next year, we need more umbrellas. They were all gone way early.

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  15. i am going to do a photo journalism project on gay youths i would really hope that i can get all the help from everyone. being a gay youth myself i find that through this assignment(photo journalism), i can get a chance to give the gay youth community a chance to voice out and show that we arent any more different from other youths. we love, we study, we stress over exams, we hang out. Being gay just means that we have a different preference and why should we be treated differently. i hope all gay youths out there will help me make this assignment a success. lol. email me if you are interested to help me. thank you all. walter_chn@hotmail.com

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