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.”




25 comments:

  1. It. Was. AWESOME! Ridiculously hot and I wanted to pass out half the time but AWESOME! Kudos to those who organized this. Hopefully, one day, we'll be able to rival Pride parades around the world.

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  2. I had a lot of fun!!! Just a bit sad there were no plushies but thanks for the fans!

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  3. There are so many people, the dot is out of shape! Pinkdot needs a new venue for 2012

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  4. Way to go. Singapore, we should be proud!

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  5. Pink dot? More like Army. yay

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  6. Maybe next year Pink Dot video should feature more gay, lesbian & transgender couples to show the celebration of love and same sex relationship too... I miss it this year but will be back next year with my partner.. PINK DOT ROX!!

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  7. It was a success! I hope Singapore could eventually have a PRIDE parade! Good Job!

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  8. Fantastic! I wish I could have been there.

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  9. Imagine this: Pink Dot evolves into an all out Pride fest, taking up the ENTIRE length of Orchard Road. It would be EPIC.

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  10. Congratulations and kudos to Pink Dot committee for another year of great success!

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  11. we're so beautiful there!!! @*_*@

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  12. IT WAS AMAZING. I LOVED IT. It was like a family of complete strangers and yet love could be felt between everyone. Such a beautiful event with beautiful people. Thank you!

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  13. THIS IS AWESOME <3

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  14. http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_681339.html#

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  15. yes, it really was great, but it ended with an announcement about a guy in a kilt
    "anyway, he's ang-moh, he aint from Singapore"
    kinda ruined it for me...

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  16. my first-time & i had great fun. :)

    http://teafurnee.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-dot-sg-2011.html some pictures to share.

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  17. The event was awesome, thank you so much for organizing it! The crew was awesome and I can't believe how many people turned up for the event, we're definitely going to be a part of it again next year.

    We made a post on our blog here if anyone's interested in seeing extra coverage and pics:
    http://splackk.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-dot-2011-coverage.html

    Long live Pink Dot!

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  18. How can we thank Google Singapore for having the balls to stand up and support the event?

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  19. CONGRATZ! I remember former Christopher Street Days in Cologne/Germany with a smaller crowd. Now it's large. And pinkdot.sg is on it's way. Go on, fellows. Let's celebrate diversity 365 days a year. Let's show OUR power of love! Dietmar Fuchs from Germany (Köln)
    +49 1522 8771640

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  20. Freedom to Love... it can't get more simple or important than that. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to to making it happen. The great diversity and love of those who turned up was amazing!

    Contrary to some of the postings, I don't think PinkDot should be turned into a LGBT pride / mardi gras event. Fun as that would be, that can be a separate thing for Singapore LGBT to aim for!

    What makes PinkDot so special - in Singapore and globally - is that it is 100% 'family friendly. Straight mums & dads, aunties & kids come along to show their support for the ultimate freedom - the freedom to love and be loved.

    It's a community event (obviously with a LGBT celebratory flavour!) that's for everyone of any sexual orientation, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs (or not), gender etc etc that sends the message that YOU are worthy of respect, love and being valued in Singapore - for everything that makes you similar and different to others.

    Can't wait for Pink Dot 2012. Yes, we need a bigger venue!

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  21. Kudos to those Singaporeans!

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  22. hope can join at 2012,,

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