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18 May 2011

Watch: Pink Dot Singapore's new campaign video

Directed by acclaimed Singapore director Boo Junfeng, the campaign video has garnered more than 34,000 views within 36 hours of its May 17 launch.

In exactly one month, on 18 June 2011, Singaporeans will, for

the third year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the
belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.
Organised by a pool of Singaporean volunteers, Pink Dot campaigns for diversity,
inclusiveness, and works to foster understanding for the basic human need to love and be
loved, regardless of oneʼs sexual orientation.
This year, Pink Dot 2011 is fronted by the DIM SUM DOLLIES (picture below, left), the
comedy trio comprising Emma Yong, Pam Oei and Selena Tan. Festivities begin at 4.30pm
with a dynamic line-up including performances by Dave Tan of local indie band Electrico,
Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan and dance group Voguelicious.Mee

Message from the organisers of Pink Dot:

In exactly one month, on 18 June 2011, Singaporeans will, for the third year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of thebelief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.

Organised by a pool of Singaporean volunteers, Pink Dot campaigns for diversity, inclusiveness, and works to foster understanding for the basic human need to love and beloved, regardless of oneʼs sexual orientation.

This year, Pink Dot 2011 is fronted by the DIM SUM DOLLIES (picture, right, top), the comedy trio comprising Emma Yong, Pam Oei and Selena Tan. Festivities begin at 4.30pm with a dynamic line-up including performances by Dave Tan of local indie band Electrico, Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan and dance group Voguelicious.

A campaign video (picture, right, centre), conceptualised and directed by award-winning filmmaker Boo Junfeng (Sandcastle, Cannes 2010), can be seen here: youtu.be/FrIB5Ojbqns. Already, the video has garnered more than 34,000 views within 36 hours of its May 17 launch.

Boo, 28, said: “The social stigma that LGBT people carry is often overlooked when we talk about homosexuality. The freedom to love and the comfort of being yourself, things many LGBT people hope to have, are often taken for granted by straight people. Beyond the event on June 18, I hope the video will continue to empower and inspire empathy for LGBT people”.

Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa said: “We believe that Pink Dot 2011 will take another step towards a more inclusive and cohesive Singapore. Past events have seen people from different walks of life come together for this event – young, old, straight, gay, families and friends. It is extremely heartwarming to know that Singaporeans believe in building a more tolerant and harmonious society.”

Please SAVE THE DATE:

WHAT: PINK DOT 2011
WHERE: Hong Lim Park
WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2011
WHAT TO WEAR: Of course, PINK!
TIMINGS: Activities commence 4.30pm, Concert begins at 5pm, Dot is formed at 6pm

*Please note: According to the park's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and observe. 

Singapore

Reader's Comments

1. 2011-05-18 17:09  
Now, that's an interesting state of affairs, if anyone would care to 'enlighten ' me .

*Please note: According to the park's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at the events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and observe.

Say I'm coming in from Hong Kong to be in this event; what are the parameters of ' not being able ' to participate? ' most welcome to watch and observe; can I say anything ?





2. 2011-05-18 18:08  
The exact wording is of the terms of usage of the park is :

"only citizens and permanent residents of Singapore take part in the demonstration and the organiser must not allow any person who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of Singapore to take part in the demonstration;"

From http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/speakers_terms_n_conditions.pdf

It means foreigners can't form the "dot".
3. 2011-05-18 18:41  
2:12 , Pink color shirt guy = OMG, fucking nice looking. Are you herE?!
4. 2011-05-18 19:03  
This video is simply beautiful.
5. 2011-05-18 19:13  
This brought a tear to my eye - ahhhh
6. 2011-05-18 19:22  
I loved it, really moving and straight to the point.
7. 2011-05-18 19:29  
Very heart warming.. Wouldn't it be even better if this were to appear as a PSA on TV?
8. 2011-05-18 19:40  
If only.. we can stop living in fear n pain ...
Comment #9 was deleted by its author on 2011-08-13 17:35
10. 2011-05-18 20:13  
What a beautiful video
11. 2011-05-18 20:56  
This 2 minute clip is so beautiful done, touched upon us some homosexuals unpleasant silent experiences from the past. I am openly gay and being positive myself over 20 years and great to see such great quality work. Seeing is believing. I agree with divine inspire: it is would be nice to broadcast on public TV, maybe hard to broadcast on prime time tv but certainly could possibly allocate a time after 10 pm. Better the video broadcast on MTV channels, music does not discriminate.
Even better, the video hopefully reach across the 29 neighboring Asian cities on stigma and discrimination. The video has set another higher level of quality message on stigma and discrimination. The video possibly could be shared and viewed at the AIDS Conference in Busan, Korea in August to help de stigma and hope for us living with HIV with hope and rights.
12. 2011-05-18 20:58  
Was it Jay Chou in a hot pink shirt?
13. 2011-05-18 21:03  
VERY nice. A good sign for a better future for GayLesbianBiTransgender in S'pore. Part II should be a spot of older GayLesbianBiTransgender.
But the beginning with the young people is very well and important. Congratulations!
14. 2011-05-18 21:38  
wow ,good for pink what a lovely show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
15. 2011-05-18 21:41  
Encompassing. Beautiful. Poignant.

But, "If only gay people could stop feeling guilty about being different" statement in the video? Seriously?

Nonetheless, well done!
16. 2011-05-18 21:49  
the problem is, its not that simple to be gay.
17. 2011-05-18 22:20  
Good video no doubt. I had been there for its very first launch. I truly support its intentions but i think its more than just being there to form the dot. To me, whether I can find acceptance or love, it does not matter. More importantly, its to live well and I believe it will go well with us in this society.
18. 2011-05-18 22:28  
wondering if it happens in indonesia too...... :p
19. 2011-05-18 22:35  
gogogo....!!! GO PINK DOT!!!!
20. 2011-05-18 22:56  
Could Pink Dot invite Vincent Wijeysinghe to be the speaker at this year's event?
21. 2011-05-18 23:03  
simple stunt my heart
22. 2011-05-18 23:35  
lovely. it's campaigns like this that remind me to smile big, cry softly and remember how fortunate I am that I can and do take a stand for myself. i'll have pink dots in my meditation wishes while I'm doing my 3 month retreat :-)
23. 2011-05-18 23:50  
my understanding is that anyone can attend the event but only singapore citizens and prs can be active in the dot forming and /or any official capacity.

very hard to police but for the organisers welfare if ur not a citizen or pr, just observe the dot forming without being involved and all should be well.

24. 2011-05-19 00:14  
that is so nice....watching it makes me feel so accepted :)
25. 2011-05-19 00:27  
Why have it at a park where the restrictions leave out a lot of people?
26. 2011-05-19 00:38  
be apart of it,,,,,wish i can feel like them (video)
27. 2011-05-19 00:43  
i was touched as well by this video and am amazed about singapore! I only wish this was played in the USA too.. .they should televise it on ALL stations as a PSA. The time has come for gays to be accepted just like other minorities.
28. 2011-05-19 01:02  
While the idea of barring foreigners from participating in the event may seem rather silly, I think it's a good idea that only Singaporeans wear pink, which would show the strength of their numbers. Visitors could wear white (for example) as a show of support.

The video is wonderful! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to view it.
29. 2011-05-19 01:24  
It captures the simplicity and the accepting nature of the people of Singapore in a very beautiful way - my heart goes out to the LGBT Community of Singapore and more so to those who welcome them with open arms. Love Transcends All ...

With All The Love 4m India :-)
30. 2011-05-19 01:58  
The film is wonderful.
The exclusion of "foreigners" is............so silly.

I have lived/worked in "communist countries" in Asia for the past 20 years, three countries, and I can not imagine any of those three countries in all their political craziness, devising such a silly rule that would exclude "foreigners" as SG has done here for this event.
31. 2011-05-19 02:41  
touching!
32. 2011-05-19 03:34  
:'))
33. 2011-05-19 03:58  
I love this video. It's simply beautiful. And I hope this event turns out to be something that will move people and show them how we're just like them. It made my day better :)~
34. 2011-05-19 04:01  
It's is a nice video to watch and watch it again
35. 2011-05-19 04:28  
... if onlly....
36. 2011-05-19 06:26  
This is Beautiful. Only if this was a worldwide event. Same day, same time, every country. Singapore needs to change. All the countries in this world needs to change. The right to love is for everyone.
37. 2011-05-19 07:42  
I'm sure that this event will be successful. I wish that the committee can review it's policies for foreigners attending the said event. Hope this brings change not only to Singapore but to every country.
38. 2011-05-19 09:07  
So nice to have this gay theme movie.
39. 2011-05-19 09:21  
The no foreigners rule is mandated by the government, not the organizers. The park is the only place in Singapore where such an event can be held.
40. 2011-05-19 09:29  
@kellen and others:

"The park is the only place in Singapore where such an event can be held."

And that was only made possible because of the SDP's civil disobedience campaign, which ironically, many Singaporeans including LGBT ones think that they should be punished for.

It's why I am asking if it is not appropriate to have Vincent Wijeysinghe as the key speaker this year.

He's also our first openly gay politician.

41. 2011-05-19 09:43  
I love it! I I love Singapore people to! So beautiful!!
42. 2011-05-19 09:45  
Really touching to watch. What a great initiative. Well done Pink Dot and to all those supporting it.
43. 2011-05-19 10:04  
Go singapore
44. 2011-05-19 10:58  
i hope this group will have here in taiwan who are genuinely care about gay community and not about to meet and have sex.
Comment #45 was deleted by its author on 2011-05-19 10:58
46. 2011-05-19 12:33  
hope one day it will happen in Indonesia...GO SIngapore...and I hope can join it... :)
47. 2011-05-19 13:20  
That's a very nice and encouraging video! I wish there were more of these in Asia! Living in Europe is just so much easier and we take for granted this "privilege" of being who we are (at least here in Switzerland).

Too bad I'll only be moving to Singapore in July....

"only citizens and permanent residents of Singapore take part in the demonstration and the organiser must not allow any person who is neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of Singapore to take part in the demonstration;"

What kind of a crappy "rule" is that???? Singapore and its sill laws....
48. 2011-05-19 14:17  
so beautiful, so moving and here's to our Singapore brothers and sisters, with love.
49. 2011-05-19 14:18  
Its not a secret anymore that Singapore Government is the most "GAY & LESBIAN UNFRIENdLY" country in asia.
I doubt the government understand the meaning of equal human right there.
50. 2011-05-19 14:30  
beautiful video.watch and think...lets try to make positive difference...we've been experiencing the same thing in daily life...hesitant to express ourselves...yes,just bcoz of the feeling of being guilty as a gay.quite confused...
51. 2011-05-19 14:36  
"*Please note: According to the park's terms and conditions, only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may participate at events held at Hong Lim Park. However, foreigners are most welcome to watch and observe."

Yup... I don't want to detract from the Pink Dot activity, but it's very hard to overlook such words, which underline Singapore's unequal and unwelcoming policies. Once a police state, always a police state, eh?

Well, good luck, Pink Dot people. I do So hope that not a single foreigner or non-resident becomes involved in the Pink Dot, because of course that would be Dreadfully Illegal and terrible and awful and could lead to the collapse of Singaporean society, the ushering in of true democracy and civil rights, the collapse of traditional family values, the sky falling in, the end of life as we know it, and... errr... actually, I'm not entirely sure of What Singapore's government is afraid of, but hope nothing so terrible and dreadful as a foreigner or a non-permanent resident getting involved happens. Because that would be awful, obviously...
52. 2011-05-19 16:07  
wow.... got a goosebumps while my tears fell down across my check!!!
good luck pink dot people more power.

my father's friends says that my father was homophobic until i came into this world!!!!
53. 2011-05-19 16:51  
Excellent, touching, and beautifully filmed video.
What a pity it cant be shown on local public television also.

Some day such a video will be shown publicly on TV, and someday there will be no need to. I have absolute confidence in that. Keep at it!

Best wishes Singapore.
54. 2011-05-19 16:51  
here lets make a different across the world by wearing pink on the day of http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131164736957736
Comment #55 was deleted by its author on 2011-08-13 17:35
56. 2011-05-19 21:59  
@Enelym:

"What kind of a crappy "rule" is that???? Singapore and its sill laws...."

It's rooted in the xenophobia, usually opportunistic, that is a mainstay of Singapore's political culture.
57. 2011-05-20 00:44  
ANDDDD~~~ I'll be there!! =D
58. 2011-05-20 23:40  
Simply Gorgeous!
59. 2011-05-21 08:21  
Love the video. Gives us hope doesn't it?
60. 2011-05-21 11:04  
hope it will continue to be a yearly affair :)
61. 2011-05-21 16:09  
why my tears drop when i watch this video...
62. 2011-05-22 01:09  
Very touching, the scenes are very Singaporean...

Good job guys!
63. 2011-05-26 11:10  
Well Done PinkDot!!!

You guys are paving paths for the future LGBT generation in the country, to be able to be proud of who they are and not worry about how others see them. Keep doing what you guys are doing and I am sure that in the years to come, hundreds or even thousands will come thanking you guys for doing what you are doing.
64. 2011-05-27 01:00  
Dammit! that link is blocked in China!! Argh!! Where to find it??
65. 2011-05-27 01:00  
Dammit! that link is blocked in China!! Argh!! Where to find it??
66. 2011-05-27 02:10  
If you're in China, go to this link:
http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/52576689-1956630570.html

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