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PinkDot SG – What To Expect

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Volunteers arrive earlier and after a briefing from the organizers everyone helps the set up of things. The year I was helping we were blowing balloons, decorating the park, giving directions, handing out ground sheets and all kinds of pink things that had been contributed.

People from all walks of life arrive once things are ready. You get to see a diverse group of visitors; solo visitors who don’t know anyone, families who love their gay kids, married couples, groups with young kids, guys and girls with pets, students, army personnel, bloggers and tweeple from Singapore and Malaysia, TV personalities and theatre performers who are mostly decked out in pink. A close friend was even talking to this old lady in Chinese who asked why we were all gathered and she said “love is good …. love is good”.

Different groups take turns to perform; pink lions and dragons doing traditional Chinese ceremonial performances, Malay dikir barat groups, dance groups and singers so entertainment is aplenty. When the photographers are ready ushers come around to get people into the centre of the park where there’s more singing and moving speeches. The tribute is to love which everyone present understands and believes in.

PinkDot2009The thing that really touched me at PinkDot is how friendly and helpful everyone is. Its easy to get people to participate in activities and strangers seem quick to share conversation, food, drinks, groundsheets, fans and whatever there is. Sounds of laughter, faces smiling, singing, picture taking, goofing around, warm embraces and words of love abound. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes for this kind of openness and camaraderie to be something we see throughout the year rather than only at special occasions.

The event ends after the pictures and videos of everyone gathered making pink dot have been taken.

Everyone who came helps clear up their bit of trash and the park looks rather pristine without the organizers having to work overtime cleaning up after.

Sharing pictures and stories of the day usually gets people in Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand wishing there were there too.

If you believe in love and if you would like to witness kindness and warmth in action come make PinkDot this 18 June 2011 at Singapore’s Hong Lim Park.

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What To Wear : something light and cool …. and PINK!!
What To Bring : food and drinks … it’s a great place to have a picnic. a matt to sit on is a good idea too and don’t forget your camera. a bag to keep all your trash would really be appreciated
What To Do : get involved with the activities or just sit at the sides and enjoy the entertainment and seeing so many people with eager open hearts come together
Who To Come With : anyone and everyone is welcome! come with your neighbour, your uncle or aunties, your parents, your siblings, your camp mates, your school mates, your pets or even by yourself 🙂
tweet me @scorpiojerm if you’re coming by yourself and I’ll be happy to come and say “Hi”

Come join PinkDot 2010 on May 15 in Singapore

Pink Dot 2009

Pink Dot 2009 - that's me

Last year, the organisers counted about 2,500 people who came together to show solidarity for the right for people of any sexual orientation to love. (press only reported between 900 – 1,500 pple)

 

This year, Singapore hopes to do it again. Come make PinkDot on 15 May 2010 at Hong Lim Park.

Doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or lesbian, out or closeted. All it matters is if you support the freedom for anyone to love.

To find out more visit: http://www.pinkdotsg.blogspot.com/

Help spread the word about PinkDot and bring your friends down to Hong Lim Park on 15 May 2010, 5pm.

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War Of Words Over PinkDot

Its disheartening to see the harsh exchange of words going on between two groups of people with very differing points of views. The sad thing is this exchanges often becomes heated to the point where it becomes emotional and things are said that doesn’t do either side any good.

Harsh and vulgar words that condemn, persecute and incite extreme feelings is not the way to change anyone’s minds.

There are other non-confrontational ways to gain understanding, acceptance and respect. Actions speak louder than words.

robingoh and I had spoken about this and I agree with his thinking that right now we need to turn the other cheek, to hold ourselves to a higher standard and to behave in a way that is compassionate, charitable and respectable.

A shouting match never resolves anything. If anything, it polarises even more.

We can choose to show Singapore and the world what LGBT people can do; how much we contribute to society in every aspect, how much we help the underprivileged in the community, the change we can effect for good and what a positive force we are.

By reaching out this way, we touch people directly and I believe it is through these efforts that more people will see, understand, change their minds and possibly accept.

A strong force of poralisation is best met with sincerity of the heart and love which Pink Dot was all about. So let us follow the example Pink Dot has set and continue in that vein.

Credibility of SG Local Media?

This comes into question given the recent reporting of PinkDot.sg.

Writing this in response to Sorrie_Bluez comment below as well as numerous other people’s rants about inaccurate reporting in local media:

When the online articles first came out, ST had initially estimated 500 people and wrote about PinkDot in a negative way & called the event a protest. Then within a few minutes, netizens witness revisions to the article with the final one a more neutral tone with attendance estimated at 1,000. TodayOnline reported the event in a rather positive manner with the numbers stated at 2,500 but later revised that number down to 1,000. I guess this is so all media in Singapore would not contradict each other. This is in spite of Associated Press and other overseas media reporting the numbers at 2,500.

See the following pics for the changes in the article:

The aerial photographs of the event clearly show numbers that exceed 1,000. Also compare that to the AIDS Candlelight memorial the next day at the SMU Law & Accountancy premises stating 300 had attended which really had just one lecture hall full of people.

Logic clearly points to the numbers not making any sense.

Having been in Malaysia the past 4 years and heard how the mainstream press is slapped for carrying coverage of opposition, it seems with this that Singapore follows the same manner of having a rather strong hold on what is covered and disseminated to those living in Singapore.

As I was sharing with another friend, what results is a gradual distrust of mainstream media and with most people turning to social media for their first source of news.

Here’s a survey on attitudes post 8 March election in Malaysia conducted by a leading university.

I wonder what the results will be of a similar survey in Singapore.

Pink Dot

It was an amazing Saturday. I even got my picture in the newspaper. Look mom … that’s me!

An anonymous visitor to my blog posted “Poster Boy for Pink Dot?” to one of my entries. I’m tickled pink by that.

We’ve come a long way since the mid-90s when I set up Out Loud & Proud, a website about my coming-out. The intent was to give hope to asian people who were gay and in the closet. To let them know that it is OK to love another guy openly. To show your love for the world to see.

I would have never imagined in my 20s that I’d be participating in something so significant in 2009.

Just wanted to share these moving words:

“i just hope for greater awareness and less prejudice … and everybody getting along and letting people love whoever they want to love” Selena Tan

“i hope that we become more open as a society and respect each other’s needs to love and so we can all just live togehter in harmony” Pam Oei

“we are born alone, we go to our graves alone, but there is no reason why any of us should have to live alone in this life without love purely because of intolerance and judgement” Neo Swee Lin

And as Swee Lin quoted “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Mohandas Gandhi

See the pinkdot video taken on that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9gDazG4cC0

The video encouraging people to come make pinkdot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDdoT7opmrg