Singapore’s LGBT community plans ‘pink dot’ event
An unusual day in the park planned for next month will show support for Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population.
LGBT people and their supporters will gather in a “smart mob” on May 16th wearing pink caps, hats, accessories or sunglasses.
The plan is that a human pink dot will be formed and a photographs will be taken from the air.
The event website states:
“Do you support the freedom of LGBT people to love? Then show your support by joining our smart mob at Hong Lim Park on 16th May!
“This is NOT a protest nor a parade, just a simple call for open-minded Singaporeans to come together to form a pink dot, of which aerial photographs will be taken.
“This pink dot is a celebration of diversity and equality, and a symbol of Singapore’s more inclusive future.
“This event is 100% legal – no registration is required.”
The pink dot event has been billed as Singapore’s first public show of support for the LGBT community.
“The topic of homosexuality was last broached openly more than a year ago, during Parliamentary debates on Section 377A – the penal code that criminalises homosexual acts,” organisers said.
“Not much has changed for LGBT Singaporeans since then, many of whom continue to live secret lives, afraid of compromising relationships with their family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
“Today, many Singaporeans harbour negative impressions about the LGBT community.
“Discordant laws and policies aside, ignorance and fear are potent catalysts for prejudice and bigotry. This goes against the grain of a diverse and inclusive Singapore.”
The authorities have not brought anyone up on charges of gross indecency for several years.
The government has declared that private, consensual, adult homosexual sex would no longer be prosecuted but it remains illegal.
Prior to 2003, homosexuals were barred from being employed in “sensitive positions” within the Singapore Civil Service.
The city state of nearly five million people is renowned for its draconian legislation.
Chewing gum is illegal and the police keep a close watch on public behaviour.
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Roy Tan, a member of the Pink Dot Sg organising committee, said:
“As Singaporeans, we have come to accept everyone’s right to love across racial, cultural and religious barriers. The only line left to cross is that of sexual orientation.
“The event is for everyone, regardless of their age, sexual orientation and political beliefs.
“It is a gathering of people who believe in the freedom to love and to lend their support towards open-mindedness and understanding.
“No prior registration is required. Just show up and if possible, come dressed in pink!”
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