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10,000 LGBTI people and allies gather to form a giant Pink Dot in Hong Kong

10,000 LGBTI people and allies gather to form a giant Pink Dot in Hong Kong

Over 10,000 people turned up in pink at Pink Dot Hong Kong, the city’s LGBTI festival and largest diversity event, to celebrate diversity and love equality on Sunday.

Co-organized by BigLove Alliance and Pink Alliance, and supported by Covenant of the Rainbow, the third edition of the annual event was held this year at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Nursery Park. Organisers chose a different venue this year, as compared to the first two years at the city’s Tamar Park, in order to ‘accommodate more activities for everyone, young and old’.

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This year’s event was also largely supported by various entertainers, celebrities, corporate sponsors and diplomats – and was officiated by the Equal Opportunities Commission, an independent statutory body which commissioned a study last year to look into the need for anti-discrimination legislation on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

Co-director of the event Abby Lee said: ‘We were glad to see that people loved it and that Pink Dot evolved from a fairly simple outdoor concert in the name of love to a true destination representing the diversity of not only the LGBTI community but of our allies – friends, family and colleagues, even our pets.’

Founder of BigLove Alliance Anthony Wong echoed Lee’s thoughts.

‘There are a lot more events for the LGBTI community in Hong Kong, such as Pink Dot.  People are not afraid to step out and show they are members of the LGBTI community,’ said Wong.

He added: ‘And the most important thing is more and more non-LGBTI people are willing to join us and show their support for equality and diversity.’

Pink Dot began in 2009 as an annual festival in Singapore. In 2014, its sister festival held its first edition in Hong Kong. Both events have consistently grown in size and help to promote LGBTI rights in their respective countries.

Check out more Pink Dot Hong Kong images below.

Hong Kong Singer Michael Lai shows his support for the event.
Hong Kong singer Michael Lai shows his support for the event.
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Hong Kong indie rock band Chochukmo.
Hong Kong socialite Gigi Chao (right).
Hong Kong socialite Gigi Chao (right).
Hong Kong female duo TakkiVee.
Hong Kong female duo TakkiVee.
Hong Kong singer Yan Ting.
Hong Kong singer Yan Ting.
Formation of the pink dot at West Kowloon Nursery Park.
Formation of the pink dot at West Kowloon Nursery Park.

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