~ By Cheong Yaoming ~

Over 15,000 people from all walks of life, from different backgrounds and orientations, descended upon Hong Lim Park on 30 June 2012 for the fourth year running to celebrate and support the freedom to love – Pink Dot was back, bigger than ever.

By 4.30pm, people had already arrived and picked the best picnic spots despite the main event being more than 2 hours away.

Aside from the main stage, where preparations and final sound checks were being made for the performances, a huge tent had been set up for community groups, sponsors and hospitality providers. This gave the event the additional dimension of a carnival atmosphere.

If there was one stereotype the LGBT community lived up to (and would likely be proud of), it was being flamboyant. Dozens turned up in fancy costumes and expressed their creativity with aplomb.

At 6.30pm local musical duo Jack and Rai kicked off the concert with a medley of pop song covers. Following up, the Tang Quartet wowed the audience with their contemporary take on classical music. Local rock band King Kong Jane played hits from their debut album ‘Waiting for Friday’ to the delight of the crowd.




The ever flamboyant Kumar took the stage with aplomb with a glittering pink sari and wasted no time in firing up the crowd.

“Singapore is no longer straight,” he opened with his trademark deadpan expression and tell-it-as-it-is style, “because we just had a by-election!”

Ivan Heng & La Cage aux Folles, who had earlier paraded through Orchard Road in their glamorous costumes, performed a musical number as a sneak peek into Wild Rice’s upcoming musical La Cage.




Towards the end of the evening, the Pink Dot Ambassadors – Sharon Au, Pam Oei and Lim Yu Beng led the crowd in singing the theme song for Pink Dot 2012, popularised by Cyndi Lauper and Phil Colins, ‘True Colours’.

Just before the lighting of the Pink Dot, Pam Oei made a moving tribute to Emma Yong, a fellow Dim Sum Dolly who had tragically passed away almost 2 months ago.

Lim Yu Beng then said "When we sang the National Anthem, it was amazing. It reminds me of something Zubir Said, said, when he wrote that song. He cited the Malay proverb "Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung (the place where you live is where you hold up the sky)."

This is a beautiful , glowing Pink Dot. But we need to go a step further beyond tonight. We need to hold up the sky right there in the place we live. But we also need to take this glow with us when we leave. We need to love ourselves, love each other, and love the community we are going back into.

Because as long as discrimination and prejudice are still around, as long as media censorship or 377A are around, we know that there’s still a lot to be done in this society. But we can fight fear and ignorance with love and acceptance."

Perhaps it is apt that the symbol of the LGBT community is a rainbow. Just as there are many colours in a rainbow, people in that community are varied in nature.

The message of Pink Dot was simple yet profound – we are all different, but we are all the same. 

TOC's photo album of Pink Dot 2012 can be found here.


You May Also Like

长期未进食且饱受压力 失踪爱尔兰少女证实死于饥饿

爱尔兰少女诺拉艾妮的验尸报告出炉,她证实是死于饥饿。 森美兰州总警长拿督莫哈末尤索夫指出,相信少女在被搜救人员寻获前的两三天,就已经死亡了。 他指出,验尸报告指出少女身上没有被强奸,或被绑架的迹象,仅有手上的小伤痕。 “她的死因是肠道破裂,这可能是因为她长期没有进食,且面对长期压力。” 尤索夫今天(8月15日)在森美兰周警察总部的新闻发布会上,如此指出。 验尸过程耗将近10小时 于昨日(14日)上午11时45分开始的验尸行动,由吉隆坡中央医院(HKL)法医医生邵雪峯(Siew Sheue Feng)以及芙蓉市端姑查法医院(HTJ)的哈尼夫莫哈玛博士(Hanif Mohammad)操刀,耗费约10小时,到晚上9时结束。 他们获得八打灵再也化学分部及法医部门的专家协助。 诺拉艾琳是Sebastien夫妇三个孩子中的长女。他们于8月2日抵达马来西亚,打算展开为期两周的旅游假期。他们当时入住了森美兰州芙蓉的一间豪华度假屋。岂料,艾琳则在隔日早上,被其胞妹发现失踪了。…

Legalised debt collectors in action?

A video clip which is circulating online shows what seems to be…

马内阁议决废除死刑 国际特赦组织:全球在关注

马来西亚内阁在昨日议决,将废除死刑,并在下周召开的国会下议院会议,提呈废除强制死刑法案。 马国法律事务首相署部长拿督刘伟强表示,目前政府仍在研讨一些问题,包括那些涉谋杀受害家庭、需调查和聆听各造意见。惟这段期间,所有死刑获暂缓。 刘伟强指出,内阁的看法是完全不该执行死刑。政府已告知特赦局,以研究对被判死刑案件的改判,确保违法者受到适当惩罚。 马国国会下议院将在下周(15日)召开。自今年7月,该国已宣布暂缓执行死刑。 国际特赦组织秘书长库米奈杜(Kumi Naidoo)认为,马国内阁废死的决定乃是一大进展,使之加入全球其他106个放弃死刑的国家行列,彻底放弃这种残忍、不人道和有辱人格的惩罚,全世界都在关注马来西亚。 她指出,过去因为执行死刑,使马国在人权纪录留下不可磨灭污点。对于宽容惩处的申请结果,死刑犯往往被蒙在鼓里,而他们往往在数小时前才得知自己将被处决。 10月10日也是反死刑日,国际特赦组织在文告中提及一名来自马国的死刑个案何有华。他在2005年因贩毒被捕,当时他只有20岁。 在2011年5月被判强制死刑,也曾向法院上诉被驳回。2014年,他向柔佛州苏丹申请特赦,至今仍悬而未决。 国际特赦组织欣慰马国政府实现人权承诺,惟认为该局仍需作更多努力,也希望马国国会能通过废死议案,让死刑尘封于历史中。 新加坡官方仍视死刑为遏制贩毒利器 然而,我国政府仍视死刑为打击犯罪的”工具“。我国外交部长维文曾在2016年,在联合国大会上重申新加坡保留死刑的立场,也坚称死刑在我国获得国人“很高的支持”。…

台前幕后都是慈祥爷爷 资深艺人白言逝世

本地资深艺人白言于今日(19日)凌晨3时与世长辞,享年百岁。 据了解,白言10天前因肺炎入院,不过今早凌晨安详离世,家人都在身边。 白言叔原名阎伯元,1920年出生于中国武汉,自小就热爱表演。16岁那年他念完了书就加入了上海歌舞团当杂工。之后开始了他的演艺事业 白言跟着歌舞团来新加坡,二战开始后认识了电影明星叶青。两人原本从属不同歌舞团,但后来组织了金星歌舞团。1944年,白言与叶青在槟城结婚。 五六十年代以表演魔术及杂技起家,融入歌舞,也擅于表演诙谐短剧。在团队里常身兼数职,无论编、导和表演都驾轻就熟。白言在2015年接受网络节目《阿财搅咖啡》(Ah Cai La Kopi)采访时,就坦言当时需符合观众需求,需要不断寻求突破。 1985年,虽然已年届65岁,白言受邀加入当年的新广(新传媒前身),参演第一部电视剧为《阳光蜜糖》,开启演艺生涯新舞台。 已故金牌故事人赵志坚1988年曾为白言量身定作环境剧《四代同堂》,让他当一家之主,白言后来跟《四》演员一直保持联系,像离开新加坡的女星方辉,每次回新都约见面。 1996年,白言荣获《红星大奖》终身成就奖后退休,11年间演出不少本地剧。 今年5月5日,演艺圈艺人还特别为白言办农历百岁寿宴。本地艺人大都崇敬他,指白言就像没有架子的慈祥长者。2014年赢得Torch…