More than 28,000 people gathered in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park to celebrate Pink Dot, an annual assembly in the city to promote inclusivity, diversity and LGBT rights. This is the biggest Pink Dot event ever since it started in 2009. Last year, Pink Dot drew a crowd of 26,000.
This year’s theme, ‘Where Love Lives,’ hopes to inspire “the community to reflect on the progress that has been made towards dispelling the discrimination and prejudice that face the LGBT people”. The video below shows the culmination of the Pink Dot celebration in the evening:
Despite the growing number of Singaporeans who are supporting the aims of Pink Dot, the LGBT community continues to confront several challenges. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes gay sex. Last month, a Taiwanese music video which celebrates the life of a lesbian couple was banned by authorities for containing ‘mature content’. And on June 12, 2015, or a day before the Pink Dot event, the government has rejected the petition of organizers to broadcast the event’s video advertisement in cinemas.
To counter Pink Dot, a Christian pastor asked his followers to support the ‘Wear White’ campaign in order “to affirm the important role that the family plays in nation building.” Alluding to the LGBT community, Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong told his followers that many problems of society today are caused by the “hurts and pains within a dysfunctional home.”
Organizers of Pink Dot hailed the success of the event while acknowledging the challenges that remain in advancing LGBT rights in Singapore:
While some congregate on the pretext of protecting the conventional family, we are here to embrace all families, and all individuals. We believe everyone deserves the Freedom to Love, and the Freedom to be themselves. We recognize that the journey towards inclusivity and diversity in Singapore is still some way off, but we are confident that we will be able to achieve this together, one day in the near future.
The Twitter hashtags #WhereLoveLivesSg, #FreedomToLove, and #PinkDotSg were used during the Pink Dot celebration. Below are some of the photos of the gathering last Saturday which saw Singaporeans from all walks of life converging at the Hong Lim Park:
#PinkDotSG 2015: They help us move mountains every year, so THANK YOU to our family of Pink Dot Volunteers! pic.twitter.com/HgNKyNZ8ZP
— PinkDotSG (@PinkDotSG) June 13, 2015
we support @PinkDotSG 💖 freedom to love 💑👪👫👭 #WhereLoveLivesSG pic.twitter.com/V3cqVd7jxS
— Jamie Lee (@jamieluvsosi) June 13, 2015
The @airbnb_sg crew in support of #PinkDotSG! #freedomtolove #BelongAnywhere pic.twitter.com/VNaefy3Je3
— JJ Chai (@JJChai) June 13, 2015
Singapore will never tolerate gays and perverted self-masturbators.
Singapore have family values.
Singapore is the greatest country in the world because it has great leaders, who understand that the rights of the majority is more important than the minority. We are a conservative society that will never accept LGBT lifestyle else they will turn all our children into LGBT and God will punish Singapore for it. The government should not interfere with the opinion of the majority, and it is our right as a conservative to discriminate and refuse to hire, or to serve LGBT people. Gay people can hide their gayness, but the chao ah guas in the “T” of LGBT is obvious, and they deserve to be kicked out of their home by their family and disowned and fired from their jobs until they repent. This is Singapore, cannot anyhow you know? Bue Sai!!! Else society will collapse.
We should also punish the seed spilling wankers who practice perverted mono-sexual behavior, and keep them away from innocent children. promiscuous HIV spreading straight and gay people who engage in sex with more than one partners, leading promiscuous lifestyle choices should also be punished by the law. And those who divorce and commit adultery by remarrying too. But monosexualism seedspilling lifestyle of wankers is a greater sin and threat to the family and children. Porn is an evil perversion. We should stop spreading such deviant lifestyle choice of wankers and their perverted lifestyle choice of watching porn and engaging in self-pleasuring. Our society have no place for these seed-spilling narccistic monosexual wankers. The bible say that monosexualism is a sin, and seed-spillers should be strike by lightning. recall the story of Onan the seedspiller?
Wanking and perverts who watch porn should be a crime for unnatural sexual act of perversion and be sent to 3 years jail minimum. God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and his own hand! If I ever find that my child engage in unnatural monosexual acts, I will immediate disown him and kick him out of my home to become homeless. Monosexual and homosexual destroy family.
Say no to LGBTM!!!! Wear white on pink dot day to symbolize clean bedsheets.
God made Adam and Eve so that they can procreate. That is what sex is meant for. God did not design Adam’s hand nor his p**** for having monosexual sexual relationship with one another. A child deserve a father and a mother, not a father and his own hand! Sex for pleasure is a deviant act of seed-spilling perversion if it isn’t done with the intent to make babies. God ordered to mankind to be fruitful, not to spill seed in condoms or on the floor to be discarded like waste. That is an abomination that our conservative society should not tolerate!
You seem unable to keep your mind off, um, wanking, as you repeatedly call it. Can’t think why. You might try taking a cold shower.
Glad I don’t live in your world. I rather enjoy my human rights, freedom of thought and not being punished for every “sin” under the sun.
Anyone with a brsin can see that Hong Lim Park can never hold 28,000 people. Such desperate lies are getting over used.
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