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Singapore: First LGBT Rally

From the Flickr page of macbiff

From the Flickr page of macbiff

More than 2,500 people in Singapore gathered at Hong Lim Park to form a human Pink Dot – a symbol of love and inclusiveness. It was Singapore’s first public rally in support for the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The historic event was organized by PinkDot

At PinkDot, we believe the first step to overcoming these barriers is for open-minded segments of society to come together. That's why we're providing this platform for individuals, organisations and businesses to identify themselves as advocates of a more inclusive, more loving Singapore.

Despite living in a society where conservative laws remain in effect, many Singaporeans opted to join the activity

Fabulista: Yay! Was such fun! Thanks for organising this! Am so proud to be part of this historical, meaningful and FUN event! Can't wait for the next one!

Aze Lee: my first time standing up for my rights..kudos to a beautiful event filled with love!!

fnhh: Thanks organiser for organising the event. It's well-organized and soul-touching. I'm truly truly proud to be part of this beautiful, meaningful & memorable event. Look forward to the next pinkdot!

PinkDot event in Singapore

PinkDot event in Singapore

Check out this Youtube video about the May 16 PinkDot gathering.

The event was open to all Singaporeans; gay or straight, young and old.

Riku: I am so proud of everyone who supported the event. It was indeed a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon, away from shopping centres, gym and swimming pool.

Everyone there was so ‘high'. There was no barriers at all.. I was so happy to see many ‘older folks’ there – must be grandpas and grandmas of fellow supporters.

Sojourner: It was wonderful to see so many people turn up at PinkDot to affirm a very basic human desire to have the love we have for our partners and spouses acknowledged and celebrated.

We chose our partners regardless of (and sometimes despite) race, sexuality, class because we see the whole person; a person who is simultaneously marked by those categories and yet also transcending them by virtue of being — beyond race, sexuality and class –simply human.

PinkDot: Singapore's first LGBT rally

PinkDot: Singapore's first LGBT rally

The Online Citizen has a video report about the event. Check out this another promotional and educational Youtube video about PinkDot.

DK is disappointed that some participants released balloons in the air

When will people ever learn that mass release of balloons is bad for the environment? Its considered littering. Except this kind of “litter” goes up to the air first before coming down to earth several kilometers away. If the balloon lands in the sea (which is very likely considering the fact that Singapore is surrounded by sea), it might pose a threat to marine life.

Singapore event: Freedom to love

Singapore event: Freedom to love

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