TODAY: Pink in the name of love

17 May 2009
‘Today’ newspaper, weekend edition

Online Only – Pink in the name of love
Lin Yan Qin

A LION dance troupe showed off its stunts while a Malay dance group performed a traditional dance as thousands gathered at Hong Lim Park on Saturday afternoon – all clad in varying hues of pink.

And all in the name of celebrating love.

That was the goal of organisers Pink Dot Sg, a non-profit group formed last October to promote inclusiveness and love, regardless of orientation.

The event was the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event to be held at Speakers’ Corner since rules were relaxed last August.

It drew more than 2,500 participants.

Among them, a couple sporting pink T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Straight but not Narrow” and even some parents with their young children.

Shortly before 6pm, the crowd – including a dog whose fur had been dyed pink – gathered to form a pink dot before releasing pink balloons and waving their pink umbrellas in the air.

Several local personalities lent their name to the cause including Timothy Nga, Rosalyn Lee and Neo Swee Lin.

Student Amy Loh, 19, said: “I heard about the event from my friends, and we thought it would be fun. I’m straight, but I think it’s an event for everyone and we’re celebrating love for all, which I think is a worthwhile cause.”

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