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24 Jun 2014

Pink Dot Singapore to celebrate 'Freedom to Love' this Saturday despite rival protests from religious groups

Amidst reports of rival protests from religious groups in the city, Singapore will hold its sixth consecutive Pink Dot event on Saturday 28th June at Hong Lim Park from 5pm.

Pink Dot Singapore boasts the slogan of 'Freedom to Love' and stands for an open, inclusive society in Singapore. the family friendly event is for everyone, straight and gay, who support the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.

It is an annual, non-profit movement, free-for-all event which started in 2009, in support of the LGBT community in Singapore where same-sex relations are illegal. Last year an estimated 21,000 people attended.

This year's event has attracted a lot of attention from conservative religious groups. Muslim groups have launched a counter campaign called wear white as the event falls on the first day of Ramadan. 

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the Wear White movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

That movement has been joined by Lawrence Khong, head of the Faith Community Baptist Church, and the LoveSingapore network of churches. He encouraged members of his church to wear white at this weekend's services.

"We cannot and will not endorse homosexuality. We will continue to resist any public promotion of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle," Khong said in a Facebook posting.

The Pink Dot website says that it understands that the LGBT community faces prejudice and has been subject to hate speech and bigotry and recognizes that many Singaporeans are conservative. “Pink Dot stands for an open, inclusive society within our Red Dot, where sexual orientation represents a feature, not a barrier,” it said.

Reader's Comments

1. 2014-06-25 20:38  
1. people do not want to go to beautiful Heaven quickly, what they must do?
Answer : competition

2. Blaming gay is the way of Heterosexual to compete, but this is negative or black or sinful competition.

In history, Religion made competition by libel, war, Lie, etc
Of course, this is sinful competition.
But whatever, everything Sinful can be regarded as " God Command"

3. Religion Leaders are afraid of going to beautiful Heaven quickly
by keep fighting for anything that made them lost of opportunity to live on earth longer. Regardless law or hiding behind law
This is what terrorism did as well.

4. endorsing Homosexually is the same as changing their Hollybook.
5. Christian/ moslem also do not want other Religion to live in or exist
but their actions are depend on situation.
They can fight hard or soft or quite
It depend on how strong their capability to fight at that moment
That is the basic character of few religion.

6. It is about Competition. How LGBT able to build strength?
for example, at first , no christian and no moslem in our countries
what they should do? should they fight ?
No. They must smile first waiting for time.

7. If you see snake around garden , will snake bite you immediately?
Not always ! snakes will see situation

8. But not everybody is snake. gay is not snake
9. Be calm gay, it is about competition
10. some Heterosexual are predator for gays
11. How The law will judge? do gay need international court help?
12. yes, some people can be immun from Law if the Law having darkness to solve.
13. those who have hate will have another derivatives hate. not only to gay but also to other straight. but the game played by time situation.
14. Hate addressed to gay just beginning. others will get turn by time
2. 2014-06-25 21:34  
> Singapore will hold its sixth consecutive Pink Dot event on Sunday 28th June at Hong Lim Park from 5pm.

A mistake--28th June is Saturday.
3. 2014-06-25 21:34  
> Singapore will hold its sixth consecutive Pink Dot event on Sunday 28th June at Hong Lim Park from 5pm.

A mistake--28th June is Saturday.
4. 2014-06-27 18:23  
Good for Singapore a bright light in a dark world that clearly needs it.
5. 2014-06-27 18:23  
Good for Singapore a bright light in a dark world that clearly needs it.
6. 2014-06-27 19:54  
6.gay should know that there is hundreds trillions money behind anti-gay / anti-equal marriage . that is why not easy to solve this.

7. anti-gay, anti-equal marriage , war, riots, hate, libels, teror ( that called "peace") at everywhere in the world have relationship with that trillions money.

8. some people have enjoys that business for hundreds years.
9. to solve this, gay should not be weak and should wake up and know on how to be strong. gay should not always to smile because they are anti-smile.
9. some people have enjoy living by lie for years
10. so, you will know or identify people who enjoy this. they may be look like not involve .
11. concept of God is fear , because some people just able to obey by fear. that why they reveal term " almighty", "The greatest", etc. the kindness just cosmetic to attract followers.
12. so, if Gay can not make fear, than there will be no solution

13. you can see that moslem and christian in unity whereas they could fight each other. there also possible to make unity with gay. but all of this just provisional because their basic life just greedy.
and because they must change hollybook for unity.
Comment edited on 2014-06-27 20:06:19
7. 2014-06-28 01:44  
Most countries that have equality of gay rights had to struggle with many years of prejudice and religious and political resistance but eventually equality in law happens. When I was born n the UK homosexuality was illegal but today I am married to a man, who could have guessed things could move so fast. Keep going SG you will get there :-)

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