Pink Dot Events (2009, 2010, 2011): Yes, it's more than an excuse to dress in pink!

Photo Source: Yahoo! News, "Record 10,000 turnout at Pink Dot".


Impressive. Pink Dot event this year (it's the 3rd carried out here) had attracted over 10,000 people. Last year, it's said (according to Jakarta Globe) that there were 4,000 people attending the event. And in 2009 (the first time Pink Dot was held), there were about 2,500 people. Truly impressive!

This event had successfully gained international coverage (from CNNGo, "Pink Dot 2011: Is Singapore's 'freedom to love' event a barometer of social acceptance?" published on 17/06/11 and "Singapore's Pink Dot reforms for another gay day out" on 14/05/10), regionally (for example Jakarta Globe, "Activists Struggle For Gay Rights in Singapore" on 15/06/11) and of course nationally (by Straits Times, "Pink Dot event draws 10,000 this year")

Let's relook at reported nos of attendance for the Pink Dot event held in 2009, 2010, and 2011. (I assure you it won't be a boring statistic!)

18 June 2011 - 10,000 people
15 May 2010 - 4,000 people
16 May 2009 - 2,500 people

What's the significance of the above data? Well, firstly the Pink Dot event was held annually on Saturdays. Heh. True, what! Secondly--and more importantly, there are more and MORE supports have been evident for this noble event. And that's encouraging!

See, the event is aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the need to love and be loved, regardless of one's sexual orientation.

The need for understanding is real. And to do that, the first step is about awareness. So promote the word, and get ready for next year event of Pink Dot 2012!

Stay tune to this blog, "pinkdot.sg" (pinkdotsg.blogspot.com).

Meanwhile here are some excerpts from the various articles published so far for this year Pink Dot 2011:
MORE than 10,000 people dressed in pink gathered at Hong Lim Park on Saturday at about 6.15pm to form a giant pink dot.

This was more than twice the number who turned up last year.

Pink Dot 2011, the third so far, was organised by a group of local volunteers to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one's sexual orientation.

Participants were treated to an hour-long concert featuring performances by the Dim Sum Dollies, Sebastian Tan and dance group Voguelicious.

From Straits Times, "Pink Dot event draws 10,000 this year".

While Singapore has been praised as a shining example of modernity and progress in Southeast Asia, it remains, in many ways, a very conservative state. Homosexuals and other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Singapore face oppression, both societal and institutionalized.

There are also many groups in Singapore working to raise awareness about LGBT rights, though. One of the most prominent of those groups is Pink Dot Singapore, which was formed in 2008.

On Saturday, the group will hold its third mass public gathering at Hong Lim Park, which was designated the Singapore’s Speaker’s Corner in 2000, making it a safe zone for free speech and demonstrations.

From Jakarta Globe, "Activists Struggle For Gay Rights in Singapore".

Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual public gathering that celebrates freedom of sexuality, is set to take place on June 18.

Ahead of the day, the event has already garnered attention, largely due to the online release of its video trailer.

Directed by Boo Junfeng (who made the critically acclaimed "Sandcastle"), the video depicts various same-sex couples and a transgender individual in real-life situations: a gay national service man getting teased mercilessly by his army mates, two girls holding hands walking down the street and then letting go, a beautiful man applying make-up in his bedroom.

In every scene, an onlooker -- a father, a mother, a priest -- longs to affirm what they see, but can’t voice the words.

"I want to tell them their love is OK;" "I want to tell them not to feel guilty;" are some of the thoughts than run through the onlookers’ minds.

Since its release, the video trailer has gone viral, attracting more than 190,000 views on YouTube alone. A wide audience by any standard, the numbers indicate that perhaps the video, and Pink Dot’s message, is filtering into Singapore’s mainstream society.

From CNNGo, "Pink Dot 2011: Is Singapore's 'freedom to love' event a barometer of social acceptance?".

[Note to self: check out YouTube, "Sandcastle" tonight!]

A record crowd of over 10,000 turned out for Pink Dot at Hong Lim Park on Saturday evening --more than twice last year's size.

This year's Pink Dot attendance set a new record for the largest public gathering ever seen at the Speakers' Corner since it opened 11 years ago.

The event, whose aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the need to love and be loved, regardless of one's sexual orientation, was being held for the third consecutive year.

Participants were asked to come dressed in pink, to form a large circular 'dot' to show support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love, in line with its theme for this year.

Organisers had demarcated an observation area at the front of the stage for non-Singaporean or PR attendees, but the size of the dot -- the highlight of the event -- eventually filled the entire area of the park.

Event organisers were stunned, overwhelmed and humbled by the record crowd.

From Yahoo! News, "Record 10,000 turnout at Pink Dot".

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