More than 15,000 people, dressed in their best pink outfit, gathered with their families, friends, partner and pets to celebrate the freedom to love at Hong Lim Park on 30 June 2012.
Pink Dot supports the freedom to love regardless of your race, language, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation. This is one of the most organized and well-supported mass gathering of people in Singapore. There is a community tent this year where interest groups and not-for-profits organizations such as 5Degrees, The Bear Project, Sayoni, IndigNation, Oogachaga, SAFE, etc come together to support this cause.
This year, Google and Barclays came in as the two main sponsors. There were also a few LGBT-friendly businesses that came to provide sponsorship in kind. Free ice-cream, bubble tea, mineral water were given out.
I spotted several local celebrities and prominent figures at Pink Dot such as Irene Ang, Chen Hanwei, Stuart Koe. I saw from my friend’s photos and tweets that Nat Ho was there to support too.
The host for the evening were Pink Dot ambassadors Lim Yu-Beng and Sharon Au. Participants were treated to a Pink Dot Concert with performances from Kumar, Jack & Rai, Ivan Heng & the cast from La Cage and more others.
My favorite moment was when the C130 helicopter flew past Hong Lim Park as they were on the way to the National Day Parade Rehearsal, and Jack & Rai did an impromptu acapella version of Majulah Singapura. The crowd stood at attention to give our respect to the national anthem. It was a very touching moment for me personally as Pink Dot was really about Singaporeans coming together to support and love each other.
Of cos, the highlight of the event was the pink light up after sunset and the crowd joined Lim Yu-beng to sing True Colours.
I always make it a point to attend Pink Dot to show my solidarity. I am very glad that my sister is able to join me this year.
And for bonus, there were topless hunk promoting Share Tea, cute guy carrying giant rainbow bear and pink angel giving massage.