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December 7, 2012

Gay Star News talks to one of the organizers of Singapore's Pink Dot, an annual LGBT awareness-raising festival

'The first Pride in X country' makes headlines around the world, but what if country creates their own LGBT pride event from scratch? That's what activists in Singapore have done with Pink Dot.

Instead of a rainbow striped Pride parade demanding rights, Pink Dot uses the one place in Singapore where protest is allowed - Speaker's Corner in Hong Lim Park - to spread awareness and acceptance of LGBT Singaporeans' 'Freedom to Love'.

June 27, 2012

This Saturday is Singapore’s Pink Dot, the only openly LGBT outdoor event all year in the city-state

‘Singapore remains one of the few - if not only - developed country in the world where homosexuality (specifically consensual sex between two men) remains illegal, and there remains tight control in local media over positive representation of homosexuality,’ says Paerin Choa, spokesperson for Singapore’s Pink Dot.

It is that unique position, and the fact that public protest is illegal in Singapore apart from at Speaker’s Corner in Hong Lim Park, that makes Pink Dot an unusual LGBT pride event.