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Watch: Thousands of Singaporeans Celebrate LGBT Love

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More than 4,000 people showed up at Singapore's Hong Lim Park on Saturday for the second annual Pink Dot celebration of "inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love."

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"The milestone event, held for the second time here, is organised by a group of local volunteers and aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation. This year’s theme is family, and the peaceful event was attended by both straight and gay Singaporeans and permanent residents, some who came with their family members. Pink Dot spokesperson Jack Yong said: 'We are immensely gratified and touched by the show of solidarity and support that Singaporeans have given us. Pink Dot 2010 has reached out and moved even more Singaporeans, straight and gay  It is extremely uplifting to know that Singaporean families are strong enough to look beyond the labels and social prejudices that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Singaporeans face to continue to love and support one another. Pink Dot 2010 is not a demonstration nor a protest, but a celebration of love and kinship.'”

Watch interviews with the participants and video from a balloon cam, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Africans could learn a few things from their fellow humans in Singapore about how to expand love instead of imprisoning or killing it.

    Posted by: SFshawn | May 18, 2010 11:56:16 AM


  2. Wonderful! Very moving and beautiful. (Looks like they were all having a lot of fun, too!)

    Posted by: ichabod | May 18, 2010 11:56:24 AM


  3. Americans could learn a few things from their fellow humans in Singapore about how to expand love instead of imprisoning or killing it.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | May 18, 2010 12:21:25 PM


  4. What a gorgeous sea of pink!!! Saturday was a great day to THINK PINK in Singapore! May that energy of inclusiveness spread far and wide so the horrors and injustices people around the world experience because of who they're hard-wired to love fades away. And we can all celebrate in a sea of pink. SALUT!

    Posted by: Stephen | May 18, 2010 12:27:48 PM


  5. I can't believe it's been a year since the last pink dot celebration, it seemed like it was only a couple months ago. Gay people there need to demand their rights, celebrations are not enough.

    Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2010 12:33:32 PM


  6. Anything like this in the US?

    Posted by: damien | May 18, 2010 2:13:27 PM


  7. This is much more effective that the typical gay pride. Gay pride is fun and all, but it's not always family friendly and doesn't always send out a message to the general public. I like the idea of celebrating love over celebrating sexuality.

    Posted by: Dusty | May 18, 2010 2:56:37 PM


  8. What a cool event!

    Posted by: KFLO | May 18, 2010 6:10:38 PM


  9. As far as I can see, every gay pride event in America is brought to us by Budweiser, Delta Airlines, and Chevron.

    It is not even a celebration of sexuality.

    It is a celebration of corporations.

    Posted by: John | May 18, 2010 6:36:24 PM


  10. "The milestone event, held for the second time here, is organised by a group of local volunteers and aims to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved, regardless of one’s sexual orientation."
    to raise awareness and foster deeper understanding of the basic human need to love and be loved...no matter who we are.

    Posted by: kriss | May 18, 2010 11:10:53 PM


  11. I was there for this event. It's so amazing -- parents, children, pets, siblings, cousins -- really refreshing to attend a "pride" event that's so family-friendly.

    This should be the model for gay pride 2.0. Alter public's perception that LGBT's are just not some drunken-promiscuous-partiers and we can get a lot more done.

    Let's hope that the organizers don't sell itself out to merely capitalists endeavors and corporate sponsorships (i.e. parties parties parties)...

    Posted by: Ed | May 18, 2010 11:52:30 PM


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