Freedom to Love – made in Singapore!

A week ago, on June 18th, Singaporeans stood united for the ‘Freedom to Love’ for the fourth year running. Ten thousand of them – all dressed in pink – and all celebrating diversity in the Lion City!

Having lived in Singapore several years ago, I was so thrilled to see the support shown by the families & friends of the Singaporean LGBT community. It wasn’t just an LGBT movement: it was much more than that – and I think that’s just amazing to see things are changing for the better.

Of course the situation isn’t perfect: consensual sex between men is still illegal under Singapore law, although it’s been years the government hasn’t enforced it. The official stance is just to keep the status quo; but many are hoping for this to change.

Kudos to the PinkDot.sg organizers, participants, supporters… It’s so inspiring to see such great demonstrations in Asia.

EQUAL! doesn’t have members (yet) in Singapore, but we have been steadily growing our membership in other Asian countries (in China and Thailand) – and we’re all for supporting other LGBT organizations, so get in touch with us to see how we can try and get involved!

(and if you haven’t checked it out yet, watch the great video the PinkDot organizers shared to raise awareness on this event!)

Jerome – for the EQUAL! team

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks Jérôme for the article and the video.

    It is a trully fantastic initiative in a place where freedom to demonstrate is not a given.

    Laws and mentalities take time to change, hopefully the awareness brought by this event and all the people who participated in it will help increase acceptance!

    Congrats and thanks to those who dared to initiate the movement, and all those who joined the gathering.

  2. And it’s interesting to see – with Google as a sponsor – that the corporate world takes this as an opportunity to show their commitment to diversity !
    Will Alcatel-Lucent follow and start supporting external events promoting LGBT diversity? Should it?

  3. It’s indeed interesting to notice that Google was a proud sponsor of the event. We can certainly hope that Alcatel-Lucent will also start moving in this direction as it completes its financial turnaround; becoming a great company again, as Ben (its CEO) puts it, also means it needs to be a model of diversity and social responsibility.

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