If you’re in Singapore on Saturday, 16 May 09, head over to Hong Lim Park
in the afternoon. Bring a picnic. Bring your friends and family. Wear something pink. And join a bunch of Singaporeans who’re staging an all-inclusive event to mark a change that’s slowly but surely happening in society today. The freedom to love regardless of race, language, religion, social standing or sexuality.
Pink Dot was started in support of LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals). Very little is known about LGBTs by the general population of our little nation. And as a whole they have been maligned, excluded from many circles, even judged and hated.
I have many friends, loved ones, neighbours, even family who fall into this “category” and some of these are people whom I’d call when I’m in a fix. Over the course of time, they’ve helped me in my career, put me up in their homes, said hi to me when we passed on the street, shared a meal with me, listened to me, opened their hearts to me, helped me out when one of my cats went missing, prayed with me when I was going through tough times, and simply blessed me with their love and friendship in very real and tangible ways.
These people are individually, as real as any one of my other friends who are not LGBT. And there’s no reason why they, or anyone else for that matter, should have to apologise to anyone for what they are.
We all deserve to be able to stand in front of our family and have them accept us for what we are. That’s what home is about. Instead because of a lack of information and worse, prejudiced information, many of my friends who are LGBT and choose to stay on in Singapore have to hide an important part of themselves from their loved ones, colleagues or even friends.
Pink Dot aims to change that, albeit not in a confrontational way. Instead, Pink Dot as an organisation seeks to provide a platform, to stand up for what we believe in, in an open, inclusive manner.
What’s going to happen on the day?
On Saturday, May 16, 2009 a very large group of people, regardless of race, language, religion, sexual orientation or social standing will gather at Hong Lim Park dressed in pink (think T-shirts, dresses, caps, sunglasses, hats, anything goes). At 4.30pm we will group together to form a huge “Pink Dot” and the words “Love 4 All“. An aerial photograph of the entire affair will then be taken to mark this coming together of Singaporeans to show solidarity in the name of love.
Is this the 70s hippie movement all over again?
Nope. We’re not promoting ultra-free lifestyles. Pink Dot is about families and restoring relationships, not judging lifestyle choices.
Why are we bothering to do this?
I guess the LGBT people would like to say, we’re here, this is my country too, I’m not going anywhere and I’d like to feel at home here. And the rest of us want to stand in support of that.
So if you’d like to be part of an inclusive change in our society, join us this Saturday.