Pride gets political in Singapore – big crowds demand decriminalisation
Hong Lim Park was the focus for attention of Singapore’s annual LGBTQ Pride celebrations on Saturday 29 June.
Pink Dot SG is the event that brings the community together, and this year attendees were spelling out a clear message to the country’s authorities.
Although Singapore is generally seen as a fairly progressive country, homosexuality is still illegal and LGBTQ people experience discrimination on a day-to-day basis.
Thousands of members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters used the opportunity of Pink Dot to highlight these issues, with attendees sharing photos of themselves holding up pieces of paper on which were derogatory names that had been hurled at them.
The night ended with attendees holding up pink and white lights that formed into a big display calling for the repeal of Section 377A – the section of Singapore’s penal code that criminalises homosexuality.
The Straits Times reports that Pink Dot organisers said that the Section 377A display was in response to a recent comment made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that Section 377A would remain “for some time”, but that it has not prevented LGBTQ people from living here, or prevented Pink Dot from taking place.