I still recall the first time I attended Pink Dot, not really knowing what it was about. Was it an LGBT rights protest? Was there going to be police swooping in to round up dissenting voices? Was it something only for gay people? It turns out Pink Dot was something else altogether. It was festive, it was inclusive and it brought an important message. That message was and still is that we need to weed out discrimination from our society, restoring the right to love to the power minority that is the LGBT community.
I really felt something for it, with Singapore being the conservative society that it is, allowing such a fine festival celebrating the right to love. It is truly humbling to realize that what Singapore has started, other countries are following suit. Of all origins, good old conservative Singapore. Wow.
The crowd broke the turnout record this year, with over 28000 participants. Quite a feat considering the squeeze of humanity trying to fit itself into Hong Lim Park. As with previous offerings, this particular Pink Dot brought with it performances, some carnival stalls set up by the sponsors and supporters.
This year’s event ambassadors included Patricia Mok, Daren Tan and Hirzi, who had a ball keeping the sweating crowd entertained. It drizzled as Pat Mok delivered her heartfelt speech just before the big light up, helping everyone stay cool with that much welcome shower of blessing.
And with that the moment everyone was waiting for arrived: The countdown to the light up for Pink Dot 2015. I think it was a great innovation by the organizers, moving the event into the evening and using lights to project the message of hope: It looks that much prettier and is certainly much more comfortable.
As the revels went on after the light up, I decided to make my move. It had been a tiring but worthwhile day. I did my part to support human rights, meet up with some old friends and relive the memories of 2009. If someone asks whether I would pour my sweat into the next Pink Dot, my answer would be heck yes! For those who can make it, see you there next year!