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Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 1:51 am

PINK DOT - SUPPORTING THE FREEDOM TO LOVE

http://pinkdot.sg/
http://pinkdotsg.blogspot.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMEqLbeqkfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9gDazG4cC0

Singapore – what do we know of it? It is a small little island state known for its awesome financial hub status with an economy gigantically enormous, a cause of much envy for its immediate neighbours. A country which achieved 3rd world to 1st world status in a short time, modern skyscrapers jostle with each other for space and recognition.

For 4.6 million people like me, this little island is home. For others, we are just nothing but a red dot on the map rarely seen geographically on a world map.

On the flip side, the ban on homosexual lifestyle has been very well documented with international news channels like CNN and BBC covering the situation. Interviews about the issue have been done with people like our ex-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to actor Ian McKellen. Over the years, from frequent raids on bar masquerading as a “gay venue” there has been a gradual relaxation of laws till today where my home can boast an actual “gay scene” worthy of mention.

However, on 16 May 2009 – history was made. On this day, it marked Singapore’s very first legal mass public gathering of people in support for the causes of LGBT. Why pink dot? PINK is the colour of our identity cards. PINK is the colour of our national flag (red and white) combined. We are always referred to as a RED DOT, so why not make it PINK?

A little more than a few years ago, an event like this would be unimaginable. But a call was made to all who felt the need to make our voices heard. It didn’t matter if you weren’t gay; in fact none of the ambassadors for this project was gay. Gay people, straight people, “undecided” people, parents, children, families – all were told to turn up in pink.

The carnival atmosphere was nothing short of ELECTRIFYING. The sense of activism, the voice in unison supporting the freedom to love without discrimination and the unanimous purposeful aura we all felt. It all seemed a little strange but at the same time, none of us cared because we were part of history.

Finally at 5pm, the call came for all present to gather in the middle of the field to form a PINK DOT.

Share with me the joy I felt for this is the first ever Singapore’s “gay pride parade”. Most of the photos can be found at http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v1...0DOT%2016%20May%202009/?start=all.












You must be wondering where the hell am I in all this? Well here you go, I am on the left…



At 5pm, this is the aerial view of what was going on down there…


Photo courtesy of http://pinkdotsg.blogspot.com/.
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 1:58 am

Very cool. Nice photos too. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 3:58 am

Well done guys & gals lets hope it is the first of many , maybe I will try and attend one if they are to be sa regular thing

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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 9:50 am

Wow! Some good taste there! Singapore always does thngs very nicely.

More like a happy non-discriminatory festival. I hope you all had a good time!
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 11:05 am

I predict that in less than five years there will be a similar gathering in Shanghai
 
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 3:35 pm

Good for Singapore!!!!!
Hopefully more countries around the world will allow this type of event to take place.


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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 4:05 pm

Great photos, looks like people are having good time!

I have visited Singapore twice and enjoyed my staying a lot. Have to say though that I haven't felt completely relaxed as a gay guy there but it seems things are changing, great!

I hope the beer prices change next, was surprised finding gay bars in Chinatown more expensive than in Finland, doesn't happen often to me...  Wink
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 5:23 pm

Wow!

What a great achievement for Singapore! May it be the first of many there, and them be a leader for other countries that still have bans on Homosexuality and the Homosexual lifestyle.

Great photos, I love the guy with the Pink Tiara  Silly

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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Mon May 18, 2009 5:34 pm

Fantastic news to hear, especially in light of other terrible discrimination we're hearing about, that Singapore has taken a step to reinforce equality in all areas.

It looks like a great event and it's nice to see so many turned up, regardless of their own preferences.

Good stuff!  Smile
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Tue May 19, 2009 5:28 am

Now THAT is progress. Thank you for sharing this really wonderful moment with us all. That was a gay-pride celebration that anybody would be happy to participate in. It looked like it reflected what we really want and need for our LGBT community. Normalcy and acceptance.

Congratulations on decades of subtle activism. Persistence pays dividends in Singapore.

Future generations thank you already.
 
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Tue May 19, 2009 6:19 am

Great pictures and heartening to see that things ARE progressing in a lot of places around the world.

Keep up the fight!
 
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Tue May 19, 2009 8:27 am

Majulah Singapore...  Wink

My partner is from Singapore as well, and he was thrilled to see this event being organised. I think more and more Singaporeans don't care too much about what your sexual orientation is, it's just the government now that needs to follow the people and start abolishing its archaic laws. The statement of "senior minister" (or should we say "founding father") Lee Kuan Yew on homosexuality 2 years ago was already a clear, yet cautious, sign of the changing times.

It's good to see that progress being made and that people are being allowed to express themselves and be who they are with the person they love. I love going to Singapore, and events like these will only make me want to go even more.
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Tue May 19, 2009 10:27 am

Well done !

nice to see Singapore finally starting to show some concern for human rights , it has always struck me as a slightly strange place with it's combination of democracy and authoritarianism , looks like maybe the intolerance that has traditionally been one of the less pleasant aspects of the PAP may be fading with a new generation of leaders .
 
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Tue May 19, 2009 11:33 am

Hi all,

Thank you for all your kind words. The emotions felt by all and the outpouring of support during this event is simply indescribeable in words. For all those involved in this historical moment, for those who were there to soak in this milestone, the immense feeling of achievement can only be summed up by viewing this video .

Once again, I thank you all for your support.

Cheers
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Tue May 19, 2009 11:55 am

Why PINK DOT?

Because red+white = PINK!
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RE: Singapore's First Gay Parade

Tue May 19, 2009 2:53 pm

Congratulations! May your event grow and prosper and really start to effect change in your country.

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