Google and Barclays have both announced that they will support Pink Dot on 30 June at Speaker’s Corner in Hong Lim Park, the only place in Singapore where public protest is allowed.
Google is a major employer in Singapore and its LGBT employee network (who call themselves the ‘gayglers’) contacted Pink Dot last year. The search engine then sponsored the event’s main stage.
‘We were delighted to see the success of Pink Dot in 2011 and want to contribute to its success this year again,’ said Keerthana Mohan, Google’s Asia-Pacific diversity and inclusion manager.
’Google aspires to be an organization that reflects the globally diverse audience that our search engine and tools serve. And we believe that in addition to hiring the best talent, the diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures leads to the creation of better products and services.’
Barclays are sponsoring Pink Dot for the first time this year. The international bank are actively involved in promoting LGBT rights in the region. They recently sponsored research looking at the experiences of LGBT people in the workplace in Hong Kong.
‘At Barclays, we pride ourselves on facilitating a workplace where staff are respected for their talents and contributions, in an environment that offers everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the same opportunities to be successful,’ said Richard Seeley, regional head Barclays global LGBT employee network. ‘That is why, we are proud to be a corporate contributor of this year’s Pink Dot Singapore.’
The concept of Pink Dot is that supporters gather together and show LGBT visibility by forming a large pink ‘dot’. This year the dot will be formed with pink lights after the sun sets.