In a city-state where homosexuality is illegal and public protest is severely restricted, holding a gay pride parade is problematic. Since 2009 Singapore’s LGBT community have circumnavigated the law with Pink Dot.
Pink Dot is not a protest or a parade, but a gathering of people who express their sympathy for LGBT rights with the colour pink, in clothing and, for the first time this year, light.
The gathering on 30 June in Hong Lim Park where Speakers’ Corner is, the only place in Singapore where people can demonstrate without a permit, will – if all goes to plan – be lit by hundreds of pink lights after the sun goes down.
The official Pink Dot campaign video, launched this week, was directed by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Boo Junfeng.
The film Someday depicts the difficulties that LGBT people in Singapore face: a gay man closeted at work, sniggers at a transgender woman, the ashen faces of traditional Chinese parents who learn their daughter is a lesbian and the section 377A penal code, an old British colonial law which criminalises gay sex.
‘Last year’s campaign video carried broader, more universal themes that spoke to anyone in the world who supported the Freedom to Love,’ said director Boo.
‘This year, we wanted to bring it back home and depict some of the realities faced by Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It is, admittedly, less of a celebration than last year’s video, specifically because it is meant to address some important and very real issues.’
Watch the video here: