Pink Dot SG 2012: A Report
I’m back! I had so many things going on for the past week, so I apologize for taking a long time to write my review on Pink Dot 2012.
Following the article I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Pink Dot SG once again successfully conducted the event in 2012 and managed to bring in more people to Hong Lim Park. It was recorded that around 15,000 people came in for the first ever Pink Dot SG held after the sun sets! This year, we got 3 ambassadors for Pink Dot SG. Singaporean actor Lim Yu Beng, comedian Kumar, and former TV-personality-turned-resident-faghag Sharon Au joined us for the celebration held on June 30.
Unlike the previous Pink Dot SG events, this time around we were actually allowed to use the main stage in Hong Lim Park for the performances! We even got LGBT communities setting up booths in the Community Tent! I, myself, went there as the official photographer for this website called Singaypore, helping out a couple of friends. Despite having to “work” during the event, I felt like I was being even more supportive towards the LGBT community.
I went to the venue around 3pm, since I needed to help setting up the booth and make it pinker. However, it wasn’t until about 4:30pm when the crowd of pinks started flooding in. I met people with different shapes and sizes, races, hair colors, but holding the same thought – supporting the freedom to love.
Performances after performances took the stage and entertained the crowd, but there was an unexpected moment where the Singaporean Armed Forces (SAF) helicopter passed in the sky above us, carrying the Singaporean flag. It was purely coincidental and definitely wasn’t a part of the show, but it surely stole a moment of the event and many people see it as a sign that even the SAF showed its support towards Pink Dot SG and the LGBT community in general. Although I’m not a Singaporean, I got the chill while that happened and when the national anthem of “Majulah Singapura” was sung by the crowd.
After the sun set, Hong Lim Park got even more packed. Pink lights started to color the venue and everyone was just enthusiastic waiting for the main event, which was the moment of the dot formation. The time was around 8pm when everyone started to gather in the middle of Hong Lim Park. We were told to dim our pink lights and started counting down from 10 to 1 then put the lights on once again. The ambiance was so moving, and when Pink Dot SG’s theme song “True Colors” started playing and everyone started singing, I felt very emotional and blessed to be there and be a part of the event once again.
Following the success of previous Pink Dot SG, this year’s theme was “Someday”. Check out the official video clip of this year’s Pink Dot SG and also the countdown moment that almost brought me into tears. Also check Pink Dot SG’s Facebook page for pictures taken during the event.
I’m posting some images that I took for Singaypore. Make sure you see the one with the topless boys. They were parts of the living ad of Share Tea, a Singaporean bubble tea drink that had a booth at Pink Dot SG 2012, but obviously became more like eye candies for all of us. Yum!