Despite challenges ranging from physical barriers to entry to protests from religious groups over the past many years, Pink Dot has kept on going strong. But in the end, it seems that it’s the unrelenting Covid-19 pandemic that is the event’s undoing.
For the first time in 12 years, the annual picnic rally in support of the freedom to love will not be taking place physically at Hong Lim Park. The physical event, originally slated for Jun 27, has been called off because of the ongoing virus situation.
“The health and safety of our community and all Singaporeans are our foremost priority. As such, for the first time in our 12-year history, Pink Dot will not take place physically at Hong Lim Park,” reads a Facebook post by the organisers of the event.
Instead, they are calling for supporters of the cause to continue doing so from the safety of their homes and private workplaces. You can do so by still continueing with the tradition of lighting up pink, wherever you are.
“Your pink lights will be a powerful display of love and solidarity for LGBTQ people in Singapore. They will also serve as a reminder that support for LGBTQ rights and the Freedom to Love must persevere even as we are unable to gather at Hong Lim Park,” the message continues.
There will also be a livestream of a special programme on Jun 27 at 8pm. Expect meaningful performances and discussions to be aired, with the deets set to be released at a later date.
So be sure to still mark your calendars for the annual show of solidarity, and be encouraged that Pink Dot 12 isn’t cancelled, but happening online, at our homes and workspaces, and in our hearts.